Of cleaning windows and the Internet Code of Conduct

3 May

Is it just me or can the others also see the laughable (but not in a funny way) similarities in which we choose to tackle the problems of domestic helpers falling from high-rise apartments and this business of an Code of Conduct (COC)? 


A week ago at Woodlands St 81, an Indonesian maid fell to her death from the 9th floor apparently while cleaning windows. A stool and cleaning materials were believed to have been found next to the window that the 25-year-old fell from. This is the 8th fatal casualty we have had this year from maids falling out of high-rise apartments. Last year, 4 maids died this way.



Responding to media queies, the honourable Minister of State Halimah Yacob tells employers to not let their maids clean the outside of windows! And she is not the only one, somehow in a funny way, she finds an an ally in civil society. The very next day, The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home), calls for a total ban on maids cleaning the outside of windows. The scholarly civil servants would next come around to say, to prevent maids from falling, those who do not install windows grilles and deposit their keys with us will not be allowed to employ domestic helpers! LOL! 



There are many ways to prevent maids from falling out including improving window design such that they would be easy to clean without having to lean out too much. Smaller window panes or window panes that pivot in the middle of the window frame such that they look like revolving doors. It would be nice if HDB as the biggest builders could start with more maid-friendly windows. Correct tools should also be provided, such as sponges with long handles or L-shaped handles.


And besides correct training, agencies, embassies and MOM should print big posters that inform maids in their native language, no matter what they do they should never be in a situation where their torso-and-up region is out of the window. Even better start a TV ad campiagn, or you mean we can spend all that money for people in New York but not these helpers in Singapore helping us churn our economy along?  If helpers can’t do their cleaning adequately just inform their employers, I am sure no sound employer would want someone else’s daughter and mother to fall out of a high-rise building. 



So prone we are to just use the biggest knife we can find in the kitchen to chop a piece of garlic. We look for these amazing solutions that seem to end the mother of all problems and snuff out anything productive along the way. Like giving a chemo treatment to a flu patient where he would really surely indeed die as his good cells were all wiped out. 


Perhaps this is how Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and his similar group-think civil servants come along in their rolling ivory towers to tell us users of internet to come up with a code of conduct or COC that would make his time in office easier?? So that he does not to have deal with the inconveniences of some sensitive topics or some information that should be out in the public domain but has been stifled by the government? Or maybe he should just ban internet in Singapore or dictate that one person can only use one computer so that the authorities can monitor us.  



Productive debate and social conditioning is naturally chaotic and disruptive, but good will come out of it in due course. People will mature and learn. Good arguments will become bad and bad arguments might one day become applicable. We have laws and punishment to deter wrongdoings. Most of all, we are supposed to have the proper upbringing of one of the world’s wealthiest nations and most advanced education system…no? So please, the COC is COCK.   


Almost every other day, I wonder why we pay so much for these super talented, super high flying ministers and civil servants when the solutions they come up with sounds like what I would do after six cans of cheap beer and two shots of thai whiskey. Look, I have no qualm paying you a high salary if you are that much different from the rest of us…but thus far doesn’t look like it. 

4 Responses to “Of cleaning windows and the Internet Code of Conduct”

  1. Hsq May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    U are absolutely right. Everyday i can see their incoherent speech or comment printed in black and white or blasted loud and clear in the MSM.

    Are they nuts or having brain damage ? Would like to apply lemon law to take back our hard earn money !! ie: their pay !!

  2. Punksude May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Haha! Plssss my sister comes up with more intelligent stuff.

  3. Big Dan May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Cmon the politicians are just trying to win votes…it’s like the Bedok reservoir suicides. Nobody can explain.

  4. Anon May 4, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    The govt can’t be seen doing nothing. They are just thinking of alternatives to the solution. Nothing wrong in that.

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