Living with employer cuts costs

I am an Indonesian and I have been working in Singapore as a domestic helper since 1999.

I do not agree with my government's plans for domestic helpers to live separately from their employers ("Indonesia plans to stop sending new live-in maids abroad"; last Wednesday).

If we have to shoulder the costs of food, accommodation and transport to and from our employers' homes, these costs will be too much for us to bear.

I do not think Singapore maid employers will be very happy about this arrangement either.

It is better for the Indonesian government to focus on our well-being and work environment, by ensuring that we get enough food, rest and weekly days off.

More thought needs to go into plans for maids to live separately from their employers.

Dumiyati Sidup (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2016, with the headline 'Living with employer cuts costs'. Print Edition | Subscribe