Another maid dies in Singapore
A MYANMAR maid working for a Singaporean family fell off the 18th floor of a condominium in the island state on October 8, according to the Myanmar embassy official in Singapore.
“The case is being investigated. Singapore police haven’t told us the reason yet. We don’t know whether she fell or jumped off the building,” an embassy official from Singapore told The Myanmar Times Tuesday.
The incident happened in the afternoon while her employers were outside the apartment, according to the Singapore police.
The deceased named Ma Wyne Wyne Lal, 23, according to her passport, had been working as a domestic helper for a month.
Her two sisters are also working as house maids in Singapore, said Ma Khin Lay, member of Singapore-based Humanitarian Organization for Migrations Economics.
The relatives confirmed that Ma Wyne Wyne Lal was in fact 16 years old, from Yamaethin township in Mandalay Region.
“The agent from Yangon who sent the maid to Singapore ran away after she also sent other girls back to their native towns,” Khin Lay added.
Myanmar embassy official said that they are helping the family to hold the funeral services in Singapore. The maid’s cousin, also working in Singapore, posted a Facebook status announcing the funeral would be held in Singapore.
In May, a 15-year-old maid, also a Myanmar national, fell from the 9th floor of her employer’s home in Singapore. The girl survived the accident.
An 18-year-old Myanmar domestic maid committed suicide in Singapore on June 17 by jumping off the 18th floor of a condominium.
Myanmar government allowed for about 150 domestic workers to be sent to Singapore in 2013, but banned the activity in 2014. There are currently about 40,000 Myanmar domestic workers in Singapore.