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Bosses to ensure maids don’t get seduced by gravity

Posted on 04 April 2012

PAP MPs have a field day giving reasons about why maids cannot resist the attraction of gravity.

Sweep, sweep... Argh!

Maids have been falling out of Singaporean high-rise homes since 1989.

And in 2011, 15 maids went south and timed out permanently.

The reasons for this phenomenon are aplenty, as PAP MPs provide insights that you might not have thought of unless you make $15,000 a month sitting in parliament.

Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng said many maids who come from rural areas do not know how to stay in high-rise apartments.

Urban living then becomes a bane.

Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Dr Chia Shi-Lu, best known as GE 2011’s PAP super-sub for his last-minute showing playing alongside His Leeness, said employers don’t know that the home is filled with dangers.

Because as a doctor, he has seen many patients who suffered falls at home.

Other risks, he said, include electrical plugs, although he did not elaborate if it is due to people putting their tongues inside or do the plugs grow legs and bite people.

Marine Parade GRC MP Dr Fatimah Lateef said families need to have reasonable expectations about what their maids can do, which means she believes defying gravity is not one of those talents.

So the onus is on the employer to be reasonable enough to put the safety of the maids first.

However, the winner, after all, has to be Dr No Nyok Yong, president of the Singapore Contractors’ Association. (He is not a PAP MP but he said something we’d like to debunk.)

He said that there is no foolproof way to prevent someone from falling.

However, we at New Nation like to prove him wrong.

Who said there is no foolproof way to prevent someone from falling?

This is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in The Straits Times on April 3, 2012.

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