Ministry dismisses employer’s claims about Indonesian maid
The woman’s claims were misleading, police and the ministry said, and a stern warning had been given to her elderly father
Singapore police and the Ministry of Manpower have dismissed claims made against a domestic worker by a woman who is in Germany being treated for cancer.
The 42-year-old woman wrote to a Singapore newspaper from a hospital in Germany, asking for help for her 87-year-old father, who the Indonesian maid said molested her and had not paid her salary.
The woman, named Santhanalakshmi, told the Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) newspaper she had been diagnosed with cancer which required therapy in Germany.
Because her father was old, a diabetic, had a heart condition and difficulties walking, Santhanalakshmi hired an Indonesian domestic worker to look after him while she was abroad.
The elderly man filed a report to police on March 4 alleging the maid had disappeared. Meanwhile, the maid had also filed a report against the elderly man, who she alleged molested her and failed to pay her salary.
The man’s daughter in Germany told the newspaper she was worried because she could not hire a new helper because of the case, while her father was at home unattended and being harassed by a loan shark who demanded he pay a debt of S$800 the maid owed.
In a joint reply by Singaporean police and the Ministry of Manpower, both argued the woman’s claims were biased and misleading. An investigation into the claims of molestation had finished on May 30 and a stern warning had been issued to the elderly man.
He had also been cared for since March by staff from the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre and volunteers from other non-governmental organizations, with meal deliveries, physiotherapy sessions, cleaning services and home nursing care services.
He was advised to move to a home for the elderly, but this was rejected by his daughter.