The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

No loss if levy isn't aimed at generating revenue


IF THE maid levy is aimed at moderating demand ("Fewer maids remain with same boss for a year"; last Saturday), would not the same purpose be fulfilled if the amount that the Government collects is channelled to the maids so that they get a higher salary?

The total cost of hiring a maid remains the same, but the maid gets a higher pay without the employer having to pay more.

Only the Government stands to lose revenue, but if the purpose of the levy is to moderate demand, the loss is not an issue.

I am expecting my third child and having a domestic helper is definitely necessary. As the Government encourages us to have more babies, I hope it will also help us to get the support we need without adding to our financial burden.

Cheng Wee Han (Ms)