An­other maid dies in Sin­ga­pore

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­

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.

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