Affluence must go hand in hand with kindness

Many people hold the attitude that they are better than maids, yet they hire maids to do the things they are unable to do or do not want to do.

Maids look after our aged parents and care for our babies, yet, many of us treat them as second-class people.

They are workers providing a service in return for a salary.

As with any job, some employees underperform.

Doling out their wages does not make us their masters.

We have become an affluent society, but we have a long way to go in other social aspects.

For those who abuse their domestic helpers, perhaps punitive punishment is the only deterrent.

Tammy Boey Sook Yean (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2015, with the headline 'Affluence must go hand in hand with kindness'. Print Edition | Subscribe