26 Apr '12, 8am

Worthwhile read: A window to the importance of design by Yawning Bread

Another maid falls to her death, making seven so far this year. There were altogether 24 in the last five years, according to John Gee, writing in the Straits Times (25 April 2012, Ensuring the safety of maids, by John Gee). Minister of State for Community, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob, recently said that the cleaning of the exterior of windows should be banned (Straits Times, 23 April 2012, Halimah: Don’t let maids clean outside of windows). I find such calls problematic. Firstly, this may be very hard to enforce, especially when most people want their windows clean. For example, Mr Alvin Tan, who employs a domestic worker from Myanmar, said that imposing a ban would not prevent deaths. ‘If you ban the maids, someone still has got to do the job, and the employer will then also be at risk of falling,’ said the 46-year-old senior vice-president in an oil and gas company....

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