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Singaporean authorities are investigating after an Indonesian maid working in the city-state fell from her employer’s 9th story apartment, miraculously surviving. An Indonesian maid working in Singapore has survived a fall from her employer’s apartment on the ninth floor, according to local news reports by the Sunday Times.
The 23-year-old woman was found at the foot of the building surrounded by clothes and bamboo branches, leading local authorities to speculate she may have been trying to bring in laundry when she fell. At a public hospital she was treated for fractures to her pelvis and legs, although doctors have said she will survive the injuries.
Singapore, an affluent city state in South East Asia, has been plagued by allegations of domestic worker abuse and its population of around 5 million people includes 200,000 foreign maids, predominantly from the Philippines and Indonesia.
SINGAPORE --- An Indonesian maid survived a fall from her employer's ninth-story flat in Singapore, a media report said Sunday.
The 23-year old, who was not identified, was found Friday at the foot of the apartment block with bamboo poles and clothes beside her, indicating that she fell while trying to collect laundry, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
The maid suffered fractures to her legs and pelvic bone, it said.
The accident happened one day after another maid fell to her death while cleaning a sixth-floor window in Singapore.
S'porean woman jailed for maid abuse. -AFP
Thu, Feb 05, 2009
A Singaporean who poured hot water on her maid's back and forced her to sleep among a group of dogs has been sentenced to 10 months' jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
Brenda Tan Bee Khim, 40, a housewife, was sentenced Wednesday for the 2006 attack on the maid identified as Tasiyem, The Straits Times reported.
Court officials could not immediately be reached to comment.
Four days after the incident, which left the maid with second-degree burns on her neck and back, Tan tried to hide her crime by sending Tasiyem back to Indonesia, the report said.
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On August 3, 1999, The Straits Times reported "Maid falls 13 floors and dies". .... At this time, the maid's current work permit is returned to the WPD and a new one ... for 9 months before she finally died of injuries inflicted by her employer. .... The minimum salary acceptable to an Indonesian MAID is SID 240. ...
A housewife who used a broom handle to hit her maid on the head, stomach, back and shoulder and also slapped her with a slipper on the cheeks and forehead was sentenced to three months in jail. Farida Begum Mohammed Artham, 27, had been found guilty on 19 May 2001 after a trial. The assault took place on 30 Aug 1999 at Blk 496E Tampines Ave 9. Farida is appealing against the sentence. (Straits Times 2 Jun 2001)
A 21-year-old Indonesian maid is in critical condition after falling seven storeys from her employer's flat. Police said she was found lying on the ground at Blk 477 Pasir Ris Drive 6 early on Monday morning. She was, apparently, last seen in the kitchen hanging clothes out to dry. (Straits Times 27 Jun 2001)
Jakarta: Indonesia has again imposed a temporary ban, effectively immediately, on the sending of maids to Singapore, in response to what the government said was the high number of accidental deaths of Indonesian maids in the republic since 1999. Manpower and Transmigration Minister Alhilal Hamdi claimed yesterday that in the past 30 months, 43 Indonesian maids had fallen to their deaths while attempting to clean windows and other fixtures in high-rise buildings. At least one death was confirmed to be a suicide, while the rest were ruled as work-related fatalities, he said. Although his ministry's ruling is effective immediately, it will not force repatriation of those maids already working in Singapore. (Straits Times 19 Jul 2001) (6)
Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said last week that 21 maids had fallen from high-rise buildings since 1999. It said yesterday it did not have a breakdown by nationality. More than 140,000 maids work here, about one for every eight households. As many as half could be from Indonesia, agencies said.(Straits Times 20 Jul 2001) (H1)