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Sickened by abuse of helpers, 'poor, no right to be in S'pore' insult

Judging from the furious reactions of Straits Times Facebook users over what a youth said to a domestic helper, the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me", does not ring true.

Referring to a dispute between Ng Jia Sheng, now 20, and his family's domestic helper, a deputy public prosecutor had said earlier: "During the altercation, the accused told the victim that she was only a maid, was poor and had no right to be in Singapore."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 06, 2020, with the headline 'Sickened by abuse of helpers, 'poor, no right to be in S'pore' insult'. Subscribe