Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

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Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby Zhuge » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:51 pm

Why our government want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

In Hong Kong and Dubai, there is no maid levy.
In M'sia, the maid levy is a very small amount.

In S'pore, the maid levy is around $270, or around $165 if there is elderly.

If govt can waive the maid levy totally, the amount can be channeled to the maid's pay. In this way, S'poreans get better quality maids and also, the maids will be more willing to work hard. There can be some savings for the employers too.

Our govt demand births from us, yet want to burden us, is this fair?

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby PhoBIA » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:43 pm

Zhuge wrote:Why our government want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

In Hong Kong and Dubai, there is no maid levy.
In M'sia, the maid levy is a very small amount.

In S'pore, the maid levy is around $270, or around $165 if there is elderly.

If govt can waive the maid levy totally, the amount can be channeled to the maid's pay. In this way, S'poreans get better quality maids and also, the maids will be more willing to work hard. There can be some savings for the employers too.

Our govt demand births from us, yet want to burden us, is this fair?



Can anyone enlighten what is the maid levy used for?
There's basically no support from MOM when something happens to the employers.

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby mistral77 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:45 am

1. they want to add to government coffers which has huge surplus every year

2. they do not want s'poreans to over-rely on maids, means you need to rush home (your boss already not happy you leave on the dot) to fetch your kids, cook dinner, do housework, teach your kids homework so that you do not have time to think of politics; then they add more foreign talent to take your rice bowl away, so it backfire at the end, s'poreans pushed to the brink

so come next elections, you know what to do :imcool:

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby mamago » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:01 am

Wah! Like that also can ah? Advocating votes for opposition riding on trivial matter like maid's levy? Is everyone taking the future of Spore (and it's people) this lightly?

Isn't really worrying that people will at the slightest adversity ponder to switch gov? Do we still have a future to talk about if this gets it's way?

Guess LKY is quite right, 50 years later will there still be a Singapore, to call home (??!)
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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby BlueBells » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:15 am

"Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?"

Because govt heeds the advise of people and is trying to prevent more inflow of foreign workers, domestic helpers or not, they are still foreigners.

Let us not forget that regardless of the reasons household hire foreign domestic helpers, it remains a fact that these domestic helpers are also foreigners who form the inflow of foreigners that Singaporeans are griping so much about.

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby Sun_2010 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:17 am

mistral77 wrote:1. they want to add to government coffers which has huge surplus every year

2. they do not want s'poreans to over-rely on maids, means you need to rush home (your boss already not happy you leave on the dot) to fetch your kids, cook dinner, do housework, teach your kids homework so that you do not have time to think of politics; then they add more foreign talent to take your rice bowl away, so it backfire at the end, s'poreans pushed to the brink

so come next elections, you know what to do :imcool:


I know, I know , I know what to do
Next elections I,ME,MYSELF will vote for one who will abolish maid levy, kick out all the FWs/FTs , PRs and if possible new SCs, open the govt coffers and distribute it all to us, and yeah what life! :cool:

Anyone willing to do that , please stand for elections , my vote is for you. :heresmyfish:

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby b2b3m4 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:20 am

1. The levy acts like income tax we pay. The maids gets to walk on pavement, gardens, use traffic lights, travel on road etc. They occupy places on weekends which we complain and the govt need to come up with activities and places for them to hang out.

2. We want the govt to stop allowing FT to fight for job opportunities in SG. We want companies to stop employing FT just bcos they are cheap. Then what are we demanding here? To be allowed to employ foreign maids??? Look at 1st class countries like Australia, USA or even Japan. Who gets to enjoy maids like the way we do. Maids are only for people who are really rich and stay in a separate rooms. Demanding to have no levies and no off days for maids? Arent we doing what the companies are doing when employing foreigners over locals??

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby tanya » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:55 am

You should ask government why they want more babies coupled with Halimah wants all mothers to return to workforce yet come up with this nonsense policy of maid weekly off day, which backfires on us. 神是她做,鬼也是她做.

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby Funz » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:09 am

Interesting. Giving birth is dependant on maid levy and off day?

So if levy is removed and no off days, all will decide to have more babies? But in the past, there was no mandatory off day for maids and still birth rate declined......hmmm...

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Re: Why govt want more births but refuse to waive maid levy?

Postby nms1 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:07 pm

1. If the maid levy is waived, someone will have to make up the difference in increased tax elsewhere.

2. The government is worried that the supply of maids will dry up long-term so we need to start to make changes to enable us to survive without maids.

3. In virtually the whole of Europe, US and Australia no-one has a maid - maybe a part-time cleaner unless you can afford a nanny which is very expensive. The working environment there is very different and changes need to be made here to make it easier to survive without a maid - flexiworking, part-time etc.

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