The following article was published in the Straits Times on Sep 16 2012.
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Employers pay maid agencies a lot of money to employ maids, why is it unfair to make them responsible for providing accurate biodata ?
Is it fair for employers to be cheated by false biodata for so many years ? MOM has finally realized the problem that maid agencies tend to tell lies in order to "sell" their maids. However, how are they going to ensure that the new "standard biodata" really contains accurate information ? It is just a piece of paper, and maid agencies can continue to write false information on it.
The employment history and remarks from previous employers can also be easily made up by the maid agencies. MOM has forgotten that maid agencies always want to make money. If there are bad comments from previous employers, who will take the maid ?
Just like the mandatory weekly off day and no cleaning of windows, MOM seem to always come up with regulations which they cannot enforce.
Only MOM can ensure that the biodata of every maid is accurate. MOM should allow all employers to write comments for their maids, and allow all prospective employers to read the comments of the maid on the MOM website. Currently MOM website already allows employers to check the employment history of the maid, it should be very easy to add the extra functionality of writing and viewing comments. Instead of working on this function, MOM pushes responsibilities to the maid agencies instead. The maid agencies then threaten to increase costs for employers. Employers are already paying about $1000+ of agency fees. Now we have to pay even more to ensure "accurate biodata" ?
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