I just wish I could stop seeing reports like this. It makes me upset as I wonder what is becoming of our society.
I have seen maids carry the bags of kids and I felt fed up and ashamed. I sure am glad I grew up in an era when we had no domestic help. Even then I don’t recall my parents every carrying my school bags. That would have been so embarrassing for both me and them. I should think that carrying loads like this should be beyond the job description of domestic helpers. Where do we draw the line people? I found this image disturbing when I saw it today at Yahoo Singapore and the Straits Times. It’s deplorable how she is made to lug the bag and trail behind him as he obviously plays with his cell phone.
Some comments from the articles:
25-year-old Kelvin Wong, who completed his army stint in 2006, said, “This photo is just ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that a grown man who is supposed to be serving the nation is making his female domestic help carry his backpack.”
“He’s a disgrace to the army and makes Singaporean men look bad,” he added.
23-year-old Karl Mak, who finished his stint in 2008, said, “He’s probably a spoilt kid who had his bag carried by his maid since he was a child. I guess stuff like that is cultivated from a young age.”
There were several comments on Facebook as well like this one and I too believe that parents should be more discerning. I just feel it’s not fair to the domestic helper:
Loke Yu Ming: Perhaps parents ought to be more discerning about what they expect their maids or themselves to do for their kids. Seemingly innocuous deeds like carrying school kids’ bags, which is common here, might cause them to develop undesirable behaviours unknowingly.
This young man was unfortunately caught red handed and singled out, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there are similar cases out there. I guess it’s not just about this one incident, but a reflection of how society is changing for the worse when employers take advantage of domestic helpers.