PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 January, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to the letter by Brian Apthorp headlined, 'Tien should reconsider his position' (South China Morning Post, December 27).

While I agree with many of Mr Apthorp's points, I was angered by his suggestion that the Filipinos in our community are not represented.

Mr Apthorp casually assumes Filipinos and domestic helpers mean the same thing. I am sure that if he did his homework, he would know that not every domestic helper is a Filipino and, more importantly, not every Filipino is a domestic helper.

I should know, being a Filipino national and holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card.

Although the majority of domestic helpers are Filipinos, there are quite a few helpers coming from Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. I hope, in future, if people do talk about domestic helpers and Filipinos, they do not casually assume Filipinos and domestic helpers mean the same thing.

This kind of stereotyping can be interpreted as a form of discrimination against Filipinos who are not domestic helpers while, at the same time, completely ignoring the plight of domestic helpers who are not Filipinos.


Yau Ma Tei