What would you do with no helper?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 August, 1994, 12:00am

THERE are hardly any words that describe the attitude of Hong Kong people towards the domestic helpers, or any Filipinos for that matter.

Maybe disgraceful is one of them.

Opening the Po Leung Kuk School in North Point on Sundays, to give the maids a chance to enjoy their only day off (without having to sit under flyovers or footpaths inhaling exhaust fumes), is still not acceptable to a large number of people.

Enough reason to go out on the street to protest.

How would Hong Kong people cope with everyday life if they didn't have the foreign domestic helpers? Every morning these helpers bring the kids to school, they take care of them while mothers go off to work, they are responsible for cooking and cleaning, they take care of the old and sick in many families and then they don't get that little bit of respect and the chance to spend a few hours in a school which is not in use on a Sunday anyway.