Two cases of foreign domestic worker abuse within a span of two weeks.
The first case was a Filipino domestic worker who was starved by her Singaporean employers. The second, a Myanmar national working for a family from Myanmar.
Isn’t it one too many within a short time?
In a year, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) receives about 2,000 foreign domestic worker-related complaints from employers, foreign domestic workers and the public. Majority of the complaints are related to emotional abuse.
According to the MOM, the number of foreign domestic worker abuse reports have increased in the last 3 years from 1,330 in 2012 to 1,402 in 2014.
The number of cases escalated to the state courts have also increased to a total of 90 in the past 5 years. And these are just the number of cases reported. What about those abuse cases which have never been reported?
I can only imagine how traumatising it can be for these foreign domestic workers. Some of them come to our shores without knowing anyone in Singapore.
But yet, they leave everything behind to earn a better living for their family back home.
What if our daughters or sisters were in their shoes, being bullied and abused?
According to the Migrant Workers Centre, a raid was conducted at a makeshift dormitory two nights ago (20 Dec 2015).
Are Singaporeans really not concerned or aware of the sufferings of these foreign workers?
Since there is an organisation like the MWC to help migrant workers, perhaps it would be good if another similar organisation be set up to represent foreign domestic workers.
The season of giving, Christmas is just a few days away. Perhaps it would be good if we can give our migrant workers and foreign domestic workers some sort of recognition and appreciation for the hard work they have put in to make our lives easier.