Being a foreign worker, especially as a maid, leaves people with very little freedom in their daily lives.
However, maids in Singapore seem to have the most amount of freedom compared to those in other countries. They are granted at least one day off every month to go out and do as they wish.
Most are also given handphones as part of their workers’ privilege.
But with freedom, always comes risks. Apparently, these two maids from Singapore had the audacity to borrow money from loan sharks that subsequently put their employers in trouble.
One person shared with All Singapore Stuff that his helper had borrowed SGD$600 (approx. RM1,850) from the loan shark.
“The amount ballooned to SGD$5,000 (RM15,430) and I wasn’t aware until my maid was on compassionate leave and started receiving phone calls from the loan shark.
“For days, loan sharks harassed my family and even threatened us. We are told we are the guarantor! We didn’t sign any documents or have any clues about the loan.”
Apparently, when the maid applied for the loan, she used her work permit as an identification document, which had the employer’s name and home address – that was how the loan sharks knew of their address.
In a separate case, Singapore Uncensored reported that a Filipino maid had borrowed from SIX different loan sharks!
The distressed employer told the press that the maid has been with her family for 7 years now when she suddenly caused such a massive trouble.
For three days in a row, Ah Longs came to ‘visit’ the family. When asked, the maid said she had borrowed from a legal creditor and it has been settled.
On the second day, the maid explained that she had lent her work permit to a friend who must have used it to make the loan.
After this incident, one of the Ah Longs named Eric even tried to scam the family by saying the employer only had to pay him as he represented other loan sharks.
“He lied to us that all the other Ah Longs were under him and he is their boss. My husband wanted to settle SGD$2,000 (RM6,170), he refused.
“We asked him for proof of loan but he shouted he is Ah Long and where got proof.”
The family then changed their phone numbers and removed all presence from social media to avoid these gangsters. They also asked the condominium’s security to be more stringent.
They made a police report and confiscated their maid’s handphone too as all the evidence was in there. Much to the employer’s surprise, she discovered a whole new side to her maid.
“This was my first time checking her handphone after 7 years as we trusted her a lot.
“My maid not only borrowed from Ah Long, she slept around too!
“She did part-time modelling on Sundays, went drinking in the pub, dined in hotels and restaurants, etc. No wonder she needed so much money to support her lifestyle.”
Wow! I guess no matter the person’s profession, they would still have a kink, eh? Who would’ve known…
Thankfully, both families have reported the incident to the police and are currently awaiting (hopefully good) news from the authorities.
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