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Sunday visitors in some malls, parks up as more maids get rest days

Some malls and parks popular with domestic helpers are seeing increased traffic

Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:28 AM
A crowd mostly having picnics in their own groups opposite Lucky Plaza at Tong Building on a recent Sunday. As more maids get days off, traditional hang-outs like Lucky Plaza and City Plaza are getting more crowded on Sundays. But some businesses say this is not translating into higher returns. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Popular hang-outs for maids have become more crowded over the past year, as more domestic helpers get days off.

Maids and business owners told The Straits Times that Lucky Plaza and City Plaza are seeing more Sunday visitors in recent months, as are other open spaces.

"Last time, only the front of City Plaza was crowded; now, all the sides are too," said Ms Kuswati, an Indonesian maid who goes by only one name. She meets friends at the shopping mall in Paya Lebar on Sundays.

She has lived in Singapore since 2008 but started getting weekly rest days only after her contract was renewed this month.

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