This article (dated 12 October 2023) contains a false statement of fact. For the correct facts, click here: https://www.gov.sg/article/factually161023
UPDATE: The Ministry of Manpower has clarified that the woman mentioned in this report is a Singaporean and not a domestic worker.
Clarification: Singapore Eye, based on information from its sources, previously identified the individual involved as a purported migrant domestic worker. The post was subsequently deleted, with no clarification or correction provided. The MOM’s clarification was published before the POFMA direction was issued on Monday after it was made known to Gutzy.
In a heart-wrenching incident around 7:10 am on 12 October, a woman is believed to have fallen to her death in the Yishun housing estate.
Although her identity is currently under investigation, initial reports suggest that the deceased was a domestic worker from the Philippines.
Images and videos circulated online depict the individual naked, precariously perched on the parapet of the flat and leaning against a clothes rack.
According to local media reports, the individual purportedly jumped upon spotting the arrival of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
Regrettably, this incident comes on the heels of another similarly tragic event that took place just two weeks prior.
On 29 September, a 29-year-old female domestic worker was found dead outside the kitchen window of a third-floor unit at Block 104, Bukit Batok Central. The incident was promptly reported at approximately 6:20 am.
A troubling video circulated on various social media platforms reveals SCDF personnel on-site, diligently attempting to retrieve the body.
According to the official statement released by SCDF, upon arrival, they discovered a person hanging outside the kitchen window.
The individual was secured with safety ropes and carefully lowered to the second floor, where she was subsequently pronounced dead by an SCDF paramedic.
Gutzy’s sources identified her as an Indonesian domestic worker. The case, currently classified as an unnatural death, is still under investigation.
Although preliminary findings suggest no foul play, police officials are stressing that investigations continue to be underway.
Adding to the melancholy of the event, another domestic worker has come forward claiming that the deceased was denied leave, and her personal items, including her mobile phone, were allegedly held by her employer, restricting her from maintaining contact with her family.
Authorities have yet to provide further updates or insights into these incidents.
These back-to-back tragedies have refocused attention on the crucial conversation surrounding the mental, emotional, and physical welfare of domestic workers residing in Singapore, sparking calls for greater oversight and reforms to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
If you or someone you know is grappling with suicidal thoughts, assistance and support are accessible.
Samaritans of Singapore Hotline: 1767
Institute of Mental Health’s Helpline: 6389 2222
Singapore Association for Mental Health Helpline: 1800 283 7019
You can discover a directory of global helplines on this page.
In case someone you are aware of is facing an imminent threat, please dial 24-hour emergency services.
Singapore fines man S$30,000 for illegally importing 2 tonnes of meat
Kenneth Jeyaretnam criticizes MSF’s POFMA on NCMP Leong Mun Wai’s Facebook post
SCDF annual report reveals 31% surge in AMD-related fires in 2023
Angry participants demand refunds for ‘delayed’ Sky Lantern Festival in Sentosa
SPF: At least 419 victims lost S$1.8M to fake buyer phishing scams since January
Love Aid Singapore raises US$60,000 in two days for Palestinians iftar meals
Indonesian lecturers spark “#JanganJadiDosen” movement, demand academic welfare reform
FAS responds to Tengah FC’s SPL aspirations, clarifying ongoing selection process
Singapore to invest S$100M in upgrading broadband network to 10Gbps
Draft imposed by Myanmar’s military junta raises alarm, UN expert calls for action
ASEAN parliamentarians voice concern over Indonesian election integrity
ECDA imposes S$10,000 fine on Kinderland for child management lapses
Singapore2 weeks ago
PM Lee encourages more births in the year of the dragon amid declining fertility rates
Singapore1 week ago
Singapore surpasses nursing recruitment target in 2023 amidst high attrition rates
Featured1 week ago
PA surveys community & govt confidence amid pending general election
Comments1 week ago
PAP Marcus Loh accuses WP’s MP of alleged dishonesty on debate about reserves
Civil Society1 week ago
Singaporeans stand firm in support for Palestine amidst police scrutiny
Civil Society6 days ago
At least 9 individuals summoned by police over Palestine solidarity activities on 2 Feb
Community1 week ago
Connectivity struggles in Tengah town prompt online user discussion
International1 week ago
Singapore Police investigate two events amid Israel’s genocide in Gaza