One maid, two stories
INDONESIAN maid Wahyuni's conflicting stories to Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM):
Miss Wahyuni said she wasn't allowed out of her employer's house, was made to work long hours and starved. She also claimed that she had to beg for food from neighbours.
She said she had sufficient food because she cooked her own, and was well rested, sleeping from 11pm to 6am.
She added that at no time did she indicate she was confined by her employer against her will in the house.
She also agreed to work on her rest days and was compensated with salary-in-lieu, as required by law.
Miss Wahyuni said she wasn't paid in full - for the 28 months she worked, she received only $2,000. It is an offence not to pay a maid's salary monthly.
She also said her employer seized red-packet money given to her by visitors during Chinese New Year.
She said she agreed to the salary-safekeeping arrangement and that whenever she wished to remit her money back to Indonesia, her employer never failed to do so.
MOM ensured that her salary balance of $4,550, which was in her employer's safekeeping, was paid in full before she returned to Indonesia and that her passage was paid for by her employer - as required by law.
Miss Wahyuni claimed she was once slapped by the matriarch of the house.
She said she was never physically or verbally abused by her employer and family. Once, the employer's mother tapped Miss Wahyuni on her right cheek, but she didn't wish to pursue the matter because the elderly woman had dementia and scolded family members as well.
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