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GrabMaid app will pair maids with NS enlistment slots, reservist call-up duty

GrabMaid app will pair maids with NS enlistment slots, reservist call-up duty

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This is to further tap on an already existing resource in Singapore.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

A new app made in Singapore is offering a value-added service to pair maids up with available slots for National Service enlistment and reservist call-up duty.

This latest app, called GrabMaid, aims to match demand and supply frictionlessly by tapping on maids, an existing pool of resource already in abundance in Singapore.

GrabMaid founder, Qu Zuo Bing, said: “Maids have been part of the decisive force. We have seen them in Singapore do everything from carrying equipment when soldiers book out to cleaning and maintaining gear such as ironing uniforms and polishing boots.”

“Therefore, National Service is an institution that has all along trained maids to play a vital role in maintaining Total Defence.”

“The next logical step is to tap this invisible but vital resource and let them enlist into NS and also go for in-camp training.”

Singaporeans from all walks of life who think National Service is a vital part of Singapore, said it is time for Singapore to acknowledge the contribution of maids to National Service efforts.

Hen Gan Dong, a local, said: “I know that Singapore is in safe hands if our maids serve NS and reservist.”

“If maids can take care of our bags, they can take care of the country.”

At press time, the start-up founder said that in the event of war, they are still working on ways to mobilise all maids immediately in the MR, also known as Maids Reserve.

 

 

 

 

 











Thought-provoking video shows maids know more about mothers in family than the children

Thought-provoking video shows maids know more about mothers in family than the children

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The children simply do not spend enough time with their own parents.

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An illuminating and thought-provoking video has been put out online that shows foreign domestic workers knowing more about the mothers in the families they work for compared to the children.

The short video titled “Maids and Children” features domestic workers and the employers’ children talking about the mothers in the family to see who can come up with more accurate answers.

This is a twist to the recent supposedly thought-provoking video showing domestic workers in Singapore knowing more about the children they care for than the parents, which aimed to shame mothers into campaigning for an off day for maids.

In this new video, a total of eight pairs of maids and children were asked questions such as “What did your mother have for breakfast?” and “Is she happy with her life?”, to find out how much is known about the mothers in the family.

Final score? 91 percent of the helpers had more accurate answers than the children.

For example, when asked what would the mothers be doing if they weren’t married with kids, the children answered, “Sad and lonely”, while the maids answered “Happy like bird, travel the world and have lots of money”, which is the more accurate answer.

The video’s goal is to show that there is an opportunity for children to bond with their mothers in the absence of domestic workers who deserve a day off.

Quoting figures from the United Nations Women’s Charter for Equality, around 99.9 percent of Singapore’s 1.5 million mothers do not have a weekly day off, as no law has made it mandatory for children and husbands to clean up after themselves, especially when the maid is having an off day.

 

Then again, children in Singapore have their hands full:

Children to supervise adults who cannot stop fighting about books

S’porean children lament the state of adults after witnessing Xiaxue-Gushcloud spat

 



S’pore start-up pairs maids up with available NS enlistment slots, reservist call-up duty

S’pore start-up pairs maids up with available NS enlistment slots, reservist call-up duty

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This is to further tap on an already existing resource in Singapore.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

A new start-up in Singapore is offering a value-added service to pair maids up with available slots for National Service enlistment and reservist call-up duty.

This latest start-up, called Zhopeng, comes hot on the heels of a previous start-up that offers butler service to store and wash equipment for NSmen in between in-camp training and even deliver it to the servicemen to the exact location of their next training.

Zhopeng founder, Qu Zuo Bing, said: “Maids have been part of the decisive force. We have seen them in Singapore do everything from carrying equipment when soldiers book out to cleaning and maintaining gear such as ironing uniforms and polishing boots.”

“Therefore, National Service is an institution that has all along trained maids to play a vital role in maintaining Total Defence.”

“The next logical step is to tap this invisible but vital resource and let them enlist into NS and also go for in-camp training.”

Singaporeans from all walks of life who think National Service is a vital part of Singapore, said it is time for Singapore to acknowledge the contribution of maids to National Service efforts.

Hen Gan Dong, a local, said: “I know that Singapore is in safe hands if our maids serve NS and reservist.”

“If maids can take care of our bags, they can take care of the country.”

At press time, the start-up founder said that in the event of war, they are still working on ways to mobilise all maids immediately in the MR, also known as Maids Reserve.

 

Maids for NS:

Thousands of S’porean men say they feel very harassed by MINDEF, especially during NS

Singaporeans biggest threat to Singapore’s growth

 

 

 

 

 











Bosses to ensure maids don’t get seduced by gravity

Bosses to ensure maids don’t get seduced by gravity

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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.