How to spot signs of radicalisation in maids?

Singaporeans have been urged to bring to the attention of the authorities any family member or friend they suspect of being radicalised or planning terror activities.

But what about domestic helpers? We need to be concerned about them too. A recent report has stated that there have been nine cases of radicalised maids detected here since 2015 (Two new cases of radicalised maids in S'pore; July 5).

Family members and close friends are in the best position to notice signs of radicalisation within their circle.

But how would employers do so with their maids, given that most maids are engaged to look after either the elderly or young children while the employers are at work?

All the maids in the report were radicalised through social media.

Given that most maids today possess smartphones, would employers have the right to check those devices for signs of radicalisation or extremism?

Some tips from the authorities on how and what employers can do would be helpful.

Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2017, with the headline 'How to spot signs of radicalisation in maids?'. Print Edition | Subscribe