Sunday, March 11, 2012

Oh, what tension over the maid's day off

Do you know what a 'big But' story is? The day-off-for-maids-law story is one example.

By John Lui, Senior Correspondent
A 'big But' story happens when people who hate something start off by saying they actually like it.

So a letter to The Straits Times Forum Page or a Web posting may go something like this: 'I agree that maids are human beings and should not be treated like machines. I also think that a day off helps to keep anyone sane and well-adjusted.'

You can smell the But coming a mile away. Look out, here it comes!

'But will someone think about me? I need my domestic helper seven days a week.'

Really? Didn't you just give pretty good reasons for giving her a day off?