Dear Mr Lee,
If you want to boost the birth rate, you must understand that working mothers need help. Not money, not maternity leave. We need someone to help look after the kids, cook and clean. The fact is that most fathers are not helping, because they are also very busy and have to work long hours. It is not fair to expect women to shoulder all the burden of childcare and work at the same time. If we can have good maids to help us, I am sure that many Singaporean women will choose to have more babies. Having childcare centers does not help because mothers still have to rush home to cook dinner and clean. Most of us are not superwomen. This is the reason why the birth rate is going down.
The Ministry of Manpower is not helping the employers of FDWs. The tragic story posted above is a good exampe. We employ maids without any knowledge of their past work history. This is a big risk, but many parents have no choice. MOM ignored our problems despite numerous feedback on their facebook page.
I sincerely hope that you can understand our problems. Otherwise the birth rate will continue to fall.
It has been 2 days since I posted the above comments. No reply. I posted the following comment today (22 Jun 2012).
Dear Mr Lee,
I sincerely hope that you have time to read these comments, or your admin staff can highlight our comments to you. Specialneeds Sg needs help. Full time working mothers like us, struggling to manage family and work every day, need help. Your ministers and MPs have consistently ignored our problems. That is why we are posting directly on your facebook page.
You said in May 2012 : "Singaporeans will always be our priority. This is the purpose of all our policies."
MOM policies are very unfair to employers. Read this page :
MOM's priority is clearly the foreign maids, not employers. We are Singaporeans, and we deserve to be treated fairly.
79.2% of employers have voted in 24 April that our concerns are being overlooked :
As citizens of Singapore, we deserve an explanation from you.