28 Mar '17, 7am

Singaporeans, are you *really* able to afford a maid?

Singaporeans, are you *really* able to afford a maid?

On Monday, March 27, a Singaporean couple was sentenced to jail for starving their Filipino foreign domestic worker (FDW) until she lost 20kg — plunging from 49kg to 29kg within the span of a year and three months. News of the FDW-abuse case covered by The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia. Lim Choon Hong and his wife Chong Sui Foon pleaded guilty last year to starving their Filipino FDW Thelma Oyasan Gawidan by forcing her to subsist on only white bread and instant noodles for over a year. Lim and Chong also offered to pay Gawidan $20,000 as a settlement agreement after District Judge Low Wee Ping announced that he was considering jail terms for the couple, prompting the latter to ask, “Does this mean you can pay your way out, because you can afford it?” Can you really afford a maid? Low’s question prompted us to think about the true costs of hiring a foreign domestic wo...

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