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Hindus Welcome Day-Off For Singapore Maids

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Hindus have welcomed Singapore’s reported decision to grant its maids a weekly day-off.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although long overdue, it was a “step in the right direction”.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that weekly day-off was a basic human and labor right and it would bring Singapore a step closer to world labor standards. Instead of its announced effective date of January one next, it should start immediately. Maids were also human beings like all of us who took weekly rest day for granted, Zed added.

Rajan Zed urged all countries of the world to mandate a weekly day-off for the maids and asked United Nations to oversee its implementation.

According to an estimate, about one in five Singapore households keeps a maid and over 200,000 foreign maids work in Singapore; mostly coming from Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India. The reports suggest that these maids are overworked, their wages are low and there are frequent reports of accidents, maltreatment, violence and suicides. About one third of Singapore’s population is made up of foreigners.

Highly urbanized, disciplinarian, hi-tech and powerhouse industrial city-state of Singapore is one of the world’s wealthiest places. Tony Tan Keng Yam and Lee Hsien Loong are President and Prime Minister respectively.

One thought on “Hindus Welcome Day-Off For Singapore Maids

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    March 7, 2012 at 11:49 am
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    It is so sad and appaling that Asians can be so barbaric in their treatment of other peoples. Let me be frank – most of those who have hired hands are usually the mediocre aspirants to dignity,slaves to the base values of the west that the progressive west had long ago discarded. I can picture those westernised coolies in their modern garbs and their disgusting attitudes towards thoser that are actually better than themselves. Shame on you,

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