Maids from Bangladesh on way to Hong Kong homes

Domestic helpers gather in Central to enjoy their day off.

A group of 11 domestic workers from Bangladesh will arrive in Hong Kong today, marking the beginning of official importation of maids from the country.

Saturday, 11 May, 2013, 5:31am

Domestic helpers push for an end to live-in rule

Domestic helpers gather to ask the government in Hong Kong to protect them from violence. Photo: AFP

The Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers' Union says the rule exposes maids to the risk of indecent assault or sexual harassment by their employers.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am 8 comments

Malaysia frees 105 foreign maids held against will

Women walk in front of a maid agency office in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP

Malaysian authorities say 105 mainly Indonesian women were held against their will and forced to work without pay by a housemaid employment agency.

An immigration department official in central Selangor state says the women were transported to homes to perform cleaning services during the day and locked in a four-story building at night.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:35pm

Briefs, October 31, 2012

US war-time bomb closes Sendai airport

31 Oct 2012 - 2:49am

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

United in fear

At last, something that binds us. Ask anyone - pro-China, pro-democracy, pro-business, pro-whatever - whether foreign domestic helpers should become citizens and you'll get an angry 'no'. I can't remember another issue that has so united the people, except maybe the Manila hostage crisis. That too involved Filipinos. A twist of fate, or does God indeed work in mysterious ways?

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Investment choices

In the larger scheme of things, my leaving the Liberal Party is little more than a tempest in a teacup. But this unseemly and reluctant public display of party disunity brings out a bigger issue: how can any political party with a narrow base of functional constituencies still remain politically relevant to the man in the street?

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Restrictions on hiring of maids are inexplicable

Here in Hong Kong it is often said our city embodies the principles of free markets and supply and demand. It is odd, then, that the places to which we are linguistically, culturally and geographically closest - the mainland and Vietnam - are off-limits as sources for domestic helpers. Instead, the majority come from Indonesia and the Philippines. It is time to change this policy.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Will the maids' voices ever be heard?

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Darkness behind a privileged life

The Robber Baron's Daughter Jamila Gavin Published by Egmont ISBN 978 1 4052 4293 6

Thirteen year-old Nettie lives a life of privilege. Her parents are not just rich, they are mega-rich. Her father is an important businessman and Nettie has maids and private tutors to provide everything she needs.

27 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

The big squeeze

Returning to Hong Kong from a brief visit overseas, one is often struck by little headlines that would normally go unnoticed but suddenly seem to say a lot. Here are two. The South China Morning Post's classified advertisement section proclaims that 'about 50 per cent of readers have two cars'. Surprised?

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Car parks proposed for maids' recreation

Gathering plan for domestic helpers

The government will study a proposal to turn underused car parks in Central into recreational areas for foreign domestic helpers as suggested at a district council meeting yesterday.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Court ruling threatens foreign helpers' visas

The issuing of work visas for foreign domestic helpers could be suspended tomorrow - when the Court of Appeal hands down judgment of a judicial review of a pay cut for maids imposed in 2003.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Maid to order

It's a cold winter's night in Tokyo and 'Mariel' is on her way to work. Painfully underdressed for the weather, the 21-year-old is decked

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Q Should building inspections be compulsory every seven years?

Since the beginning of this month, on a daily basis, there have been reports of incidents of aluminium windows falling from flats by the media. Luckily, nobody was killed in these incidents. However, it is surprising that the media have begun to wake up to this kind of accident only recently.

19 Jul 2005 - 12:00am