Dear A.S.S. Editor

The woman who slapped her maid and locked her up in her sister’s Bukit Timah condominium have had her jail term increased from just two month to 24 weeks. She is the first employer to be convicted for wrongfully confining a maid in Singapore.

The jobless woman, Chua Siew Peng, 45, was living with her sister and her mother at the sister’s Maplewoods Apartments when the offences occurred in 2012. On Oct 30, 2012, the maid employed by Chua, Ms Jonna Memeje Muegue, now 28, escaped the sixth floor apartment by climbing out of a window. She suffered a fractured feet when she landed on a roof one floor below. She had indicated that she cannot tolerate the abuse from the two sisters and the mother, whom she had been working for only 11 months.

The mother had already been given a sentence of 21 months probation for punching, and slamming the maid’s head against the wall. The mother had also poured bleach on the maid, and offence to which Chua had also joined in. The sister, initially acquitted,, but is now facing a retrial. Chua had even appealed against her original sentence.

Quite rightly, all three should be convicted and jailed for their actions. Being rich does not excuse their vile behaviour against the maid, who was hired to help them in their housework. They need to be told in no uncertain terms that maids are humans too. The cheek of the woman to appeal against her sentence int he first place!

Serene Toh

A.S.S. Contributor

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