A DIFFERENT KIND OF DISCRIMINATION
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.
CARL C. PERITO
Yau Ma Tei