Letter : Falling from high-rises
I find it hard to understand how such a famously law-abiding and uncorrupt place like Singapore can still be experiencing the unnecessary tragedy of Indonesian maids falling from high-rises after being ordered by their employers to clean the outside of their apartment windows.
What, indeed, would happen if a Singaporean maid were to experience a similar fate here in Indonesia working for an Indonesian employer?
I’m no international lawyer but it would seem that the Singaporean government has a lot of soul searching to do regarding this matter, not to mention the grossly and criminally selfish employers.
Indeed, if someone can be summarily arrested for stealing a candy bar in Singapore and, thus, criminalized, forced to appear in court and be given a criminal record, then how much more seriously should the issue of ordering foreign maids to do lethal tasks be taken?
Laws exist in every country but it is up to the honest, responsible and civic-minded who get elected to make sure the existing laws are actually applied.
To those mind-bogglingly selfish employers who force their maids to go out onto window ledges: You are a disgrace to humanity. Go out on the ledge yourself and clean your own windows.