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Mental health test for maids mooted

Published on Jan 12, 2014 8:42 AM
 
Singapore bound trainee maids learning basic household chores in the PT Devipengayom Bangsa training centre in Pati, Indonesia. The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore is calling for psychological testing of maids before they arrive here, in a bid to raise the quality of workers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore is calling for psychological testing of maids before they arrive here, in a bid to raise the quality of workers.

Embassy counsellor Sukmo Yuwono told The Sunday Times that discussions on this issue with Indonesia's government body overseeing the deployment of foreign workers began late last year and are ongoing.

The push for such testing comes after recent high-profile murder cases involving maids in Singapore and elsewhere, he added.

Indonesian maids Nurhayati and Tuti Aeliyah were charged with the homicides of their employers' daughters in 2010 and late last year respectively.

 
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Value of testing

"We learnt from some of the maids' murder cases especially, not just here but also in the Middle East and Malaysia, and we think that implementing psychological tests could go towards preventing such acts."

Mr SUKMO YUWONO, counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy here, on assessing the mental health of maids