On Sunday, another maid was hanging laundry (while standing on a stool!) when she fell out of her flat. She would surely have plunged to her death if she hadn't caught hold of the laundry rack of the flat below hers. Luckily neighbours saw her plight and came to her help. Three men held on to her leg until rescue workers came. She survived. She's one lucky woman. I hope she buries the stool in the deepest hole she can find.
On Monday, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced new measures to help safe guard maids. I won't even bother to mention what these new measures are. You can click on the link and read for yourself if you're keen. They are just common sense stuff every adult should do. I feel the only sure way to keep these maids safe when hanging laundry is to ban hanging laundry using bamboo poles. That's right. The government needs to send its crew out to every public housing block and have the bamboo poles holder surgically removed.
From near-death from hanging laundry to "my grandfather road". A 25 year old woman, believed to be Samantha Lo was arrested. Her alleged crime?
- painting "My Grandfather Road" at several spots in Singapore
- pasting stickers on pavements and road traffic signs. Some examples of the stickers were "Press once can already", "Press until shiok", "Press to time travel" and ironically "Anyhow press police catch."
If convicted, she could face a fine of up to $2000 or a jail term of up to 3 years. If she were male, she could face CANING. Remember Michael Fay, an American who vandalized cars in Singapore in 1994? He received 4 strokes of the cane. Vandalism is a serious crime in Singapore. If you do it, don't get caught. If you're a guy, be prepared to be caned.
An online petition has been started to ask for the charges to be reduced to a Miscellaneous Offence as well as to treat the vandalism as work of art. It should be interesting to see how the authorities treat this case. They did not cave in 1994 to US pressure. Would they cave now?
Hope this is a good week for you. And if you live in Singapore, do not vandalize.