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Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) of Today and the Majie of the Yesterday

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I have just received some copies of the latest Infocus, a Ministry of Manpower publication for employers of foreign domestic workers. The cover story Kindness is the Movement is an interview I gave to its writer.

What are some ways in which employers can help FDW adapt to living and working in Singapore, I was asked. Though we had never engaged a FDW, I had spent periods of time with families with FDWs and I shared some of my observations of the way FDWs are treated that facilitated their happy adaptation. They include,
The children addressing them as aunties – there is respect shown to themThey are given good accommodation, meaning, their rooms are adequately furnishedThey have television set and watch local news and other programmes during their rest timesThey are encouraged to read local newspapersThey are given a day off and encouraged to explore SingaporeThey eat out at the same table with their employers like a family member. I believe that once the employers treat FDWs, with di…