I FULLY agree with the Opinion page letter titled ‘Ease the process of hiring maid’ published Nov 5, 2014.
I am a single lady with a stable job and good income. I have applied for maid quota a few times to get help for my house work and accompany my mother, who is 69, and my late father who was 74 and diagnosed with blood cancer. As I needed to work from 8am to 6pm on week days, having a maid to do the house work and to accompany my old parents was the only choice. Unfortunately, my application for maid quota was declined by the Labour Department (even with the doctor’s letter attached certifying my late father was diagnosed with blood cancer and required assistance) for the reason I am single.
I appealed a few times to the department but their reason was the same. I’ve also approached the department personally for assistance. Well, the reason was the same as posted by “Senior Citizen”. I am single and I can do the house work myself after I return from the office and my mother was only 69 years old and could still take care of herself and my late father.
I found the reason unacceptable. The maid quota should be given to those who require them and can afford to pay. It’s sad that people like me with a good income and badly in need of a maid quota are not given one.
My friends who are like me, well educated and single ladies with stable jobs and good income, work in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, have no problem in obtaining maid quotas. Society has changed. The rule that maid quota is only given to married couples should be reviewed.
– Single lady