A woman, who decided to share on social networks a long list of rules to be respected by her maid, probably did not expect the blows of bricks that followed.

In an Instagram video shared by Sgfollowsall on Thursday (May 26), the employer, who was off-camera, claimed it took him 45 minutes to write 12-point “rules and regulations” on a whiteboard.

Describing how “they can be changed at any time”, the woman wrote, among other things, that she should not open their doors to strangers and that she should always keep the house clean, all fairly reasonable requests.

But netizens took offense to other regulations she made, including the fact that the maid is only allowed to use her phone at night for an hour “when the children are sleeping”.

The woman also wrote that her maid should sleep no later than 10 p.m., wake up at 7 a.m., and only be in areas where there are CCTV cameras when family is not around. the house, unless the maid is bathing or cleaning.


As well as including a daily ‘to do’ list, the woman also cheekily suggested if she could ask her maid to make ‘cold calls’ in her spare time. We don’t know what she meant by cold calling here.

In the comments, netizens were outraged at the woman’s treatment of her maid.

“As far as I know, an assistant is also a human like us, not a robot,” one netizen said.


Responding to an opinion piece in the Straits Times on March 30, 2017, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a statement posted on its website that it is “fairly clear” what a housekeeper may or may not do.

Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) are only allowed to perform household and domestic chores, the ministry reiterated.

“However, it is impractical to itemize every task as these vary by household,” MOM said, adding that a “successful working relationship” depends on interactions between employers and their FDW.

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