PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 January, 2003, 12:00am

I have read, with interest, the remarks made by many male Western correspondents, through these columns, that our maids work too hard, are underpaid and have hardly any holidays.

I would suggest that these correspondents should reserve their comments for when they return to their home countries. In many of these countries there is no culture of having a maid and the household tasks fall back to the wife.

She will have to do all the work of the maid by herself and many wives will have a 'real' job next to it. For this running of the household she will not get paid, she will not get a day off every week and she will have to run the family even when on holiday.

I accept that maids in Hong Kong work long hours, but I hope all expatriates who go back to their home country realise that the job their wife will have to do is even more stressful, so they should learn to treat her with a bit more respect.


Repulse Bay