Malaysian duo charged with abusing Indonesian maid

A Malaysian couple has been charged with beating, scalding and exploiting their Indonesian maid in the latest abuse case in Malaysia despite new rules to better protect maids, a prosecutor said on Saturday.

Saturday, 6 October, 2012, 12:02pm

Hong Kong could face a maid shortage by 2017

Domestic helpers gather in Central to enjoy their day off. Hong Kong may soon be faced with an acute shortage of maids. Photo: David Wong

Domestic helper agencies in Hong Kong say there could be an acute shortage of maids by 2017 as the Indonesian and Philippines governments plan policies to discourage their citizens from doing such work overseas.

1 Sep 2012 - 8:15am

Satirising the brutal treatment of domestic staff in India

As a young boy who travelled the world with his diplomat parents, Prashant Nair remembers that every summer they would return to Delhi for a long break.

During those holidays, he would witness a far greater contempt for poor Indians than any shown by the rich white Mississippi women towards their black maids in the Hollywood film, The Help.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:15pm

On the market

80 Robinson Road

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Pair jailed for importing 13 maids on fake papers

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Complaints about helper agencies rise

Complaints about agencies providing domestic helpers are on the increase, with employers feeling cheated when new staff never arrive, quit within days of starting or lack the necessary skills.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Park life

Life would seem to be sweet for the old couple next door. Their daughter moved them from the wilds of Ma On Shan to North Point to be closer to their grandchildren, giving them a luxuriously furnished flat convenient for every need and providing a maid. But the pair are not happy.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Law must step in to stop Asia's maid abuse

An Indian maid knows all too well that a woman's work is never done. Domestic servants are treated like sub-humans, with infinite working hours but finite pay. Just last month, a doctor couple in New Delhi were in the news for mistreating their 13-year-old maid, including not giving her enough to eat.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Maids ruling has to run its course

Tens of thousands of domestic helpers who six months ago were given hope by a judge's ruling that one among their number was entitled to permanent residency have been disheartened by a higher court's decision that this should not be the case.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

An injustice to our most oppressed expats

There was a cri de coeur outside the Court of Appeal when it overturned a landmark ruling that could have given permanent residency to tens of thousands of foreign domestic helpers.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Maids deserve more consideration

A maid's life in Hong Kong is not easy. Most have to live in their employers' homes. More often than not, that means cramped sleeping quarters, little privacy, long hours and being on call at any time during the six working days a week.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Home is where the work is

Cheung Chun-fai was totally opposed when his daughter first broached the idea of hiring a maid to help care for his Alzheimer's stricken wife, Wong Mui-ling.

'I found the idea of having a stranger in the house unnerving. I am strong, and I have no problem tending to her needs,' says the 78-year-old former taxi driver.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Experts wary of tensions as maid's appeal date nears

With the Court of Appeal set next week to hear the right of abode case of a Filipino maid, the city's top human rights watchdogs have raised worries that the government's appeal may stoke ethnic tensions, and called for calm from the public once the judgment is handed down.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Repaying student loans on time is vital

I support the government's proposal to hand over the credit histories of students who fail to repay loans to a credit reference agency.

That would serve as a warning to students - they should be more responsible in repaying debts.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Farewell to days of love and faithfulness

Recently, the Hong Kong drama A Simple Life bagged three awards at the Golden Horse Film Awards. The story revolves around the heart-warming relationship between Roger and his caregiver, Chinese domestic helper Tao Jie (also known as ma jie).

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am