New 24-hour helpline for Indonesian maids from June 1

Indonesian maids will soon be able to call a 24-hour helpline to enquire about employment issues.

The helpline, offered by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST), will be operational from June 1.

This was announced by FAST president Seah Seng Choon on Sunday at a motivational talk attended by close to 500 Indonesian maids.

The association is currently training a group of volunteers to be helpline counsellors and befrienders. Apart from employment issues, the maids can also seek advice on their personal problems.

The helpline will be available in English and Bahasa Indonesia, but FAST is looking to include other languages, such as Tagalog, in the future.