Singapore maid agency shut down for abuse

Again, it has nothing whatsoever to do with that grossly exaggerated and misrepresentating report made by that bunch of western do-gooders.

SINGAPORE (DPA):

A maid agency has been shut down for making the Indonesian and Filipino women brought to Singapore sleep in the kitchen or backyard and subjecting them to other abuse, news reports said Friday.

The Ministry of Manpower canceled the Grand Pacific Manpower Consultancy’s employment agency license, according to The Straits Times. The agency’s 20,000 Singapore dollar (US$12,000) security bond was forfeited.

Grand Pacific failed to provide suitable accommodations for the maids and withheld the passports of those placed with families, the ministry said. In one case, the agency failed to repatriate a maid within the required 14 days after her work permit was withdrawn.

Bridget Lew, founder of the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (Home), took in four maids who were referred to her by the ministry.

“They were sleeping under the stars in the backyard of a house,” Lew was quoted as saying.

The cancellation of the agency’s license will “send a clear message that such ill-treatment will not be condoned”, she added.

Grand Pacific became the second maid agency to have its license canceled since January 2004. Legal Employment Services was found to have an underage maid and 55 others housed in unacceptable living conditions.

Since January, the ministry has rejected the license renewal applications of five other maid agencies for other breaches.

Lew said her group receives up to 300 calls a month on its helpline for maids.

“Many are complaints about insufficient food and rest, poor living conditions and uncaring employers, and about five calls (per month) are about physical abuse,” she said. (**)

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7 Responses to Singapore maid agency shut down for abuse

  1. Anonymous says:

    How can MOM do that? All this abuse is part of the training, because they will get abused by the Singaporean employers so it is time to get them used to it.

    It will be irresponsible to give them a nice environment when the actual one is so bad.

    All this is just part of the training. The MOM nuts to punish such agencies who are doing the right thing of giving proper training that matches the ACTUAL ENVIRONMENT.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How can MOM do that? All this abuse is part of the training, because they will get abused by the Singaporean employers so it is time to get them used to it.

    It will be irresponsible to give them a nice environment when the actual one is so bad.

    All this is just part of the training. The MOM nuts to punish such agencies who are doing the right thing of giving proper training that matches the ACTUAL ENVIRONMENT.

  3. akikonomu says:

    Since MOM closed it down, Singapore has no further incidents of maid abuse. Maid abuse is history and non-existent in modern Singapore today. (Just like how the White Horse scheme is part of history and how nepotism no longer exists in the army!)

  4. akikonomu says:

    Since MOM closed it down, Singapore has no further incidents of maid abuse. Maid abuse is history and non-existent in modern Singapore today. (Just like how the White Horse scheme is part of history and how nepotism no longer exists in the army!)

  5. JudgeDredd says:

    Some agencies are irresponsible. they dont care how the maid sleep and eat. When maid complain to agencies, they threaten and force them to work till their loan complete. These have to stop because this action will reflect badly to other agencies too. I also feel employer should sit in for employer orientation program because it seems online test is not effective because you never know who is taking the test.

  6. That’s really sad that women trying to work hard for a family would get such treatment. I am just glad that in our family nobody has to leave the country and work as slave to anybody.

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