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SINGAPORE -Only 11 days after the Myanmar national began working for a household on Monday 14 June 2018, a district court heard a primary school teacher allegedly hurt a local helper with a hot ladle (May 3).

Nachammai Selva Nachiappan, 39, and Arunachalam Muthiah, her 41-year-old husband face several accusations of maid violence, with Mrs Hla Hla Myaing, 37. Between 25 June and 2 August 2018, the Singaporese couple are charged with having committed the crime.
Nachammai is accused of acts, one of which is that Ms Hla Hla Myaing has been hit with her handcuff and a hot ladle has been thrown on her. The other charge is five.

Arunachalam is accused of kicking and hitting her. Arunachalam is facing three counts.

The maid told her every day from 4:30 to 23:30 that the family who lived in a condominium unit in Jalan Mata Ayer near Sembawang Road would have to work from 4:30 to 11:30 pm.It was her initial job for Singapore. When the maid saw Naammai “smuggled” while shaking a pot of food in the vicinity, she said the court washing plates in the kitchen on June 25, 2018.

The couple were at that time the only two people in the kitchen.

Through an interpreter, Ms Hla Hla Myaing said: “She was expecting me to cook (but) I don’t know how to cook Indian food.”
She told District Judge Eddy Tham that Nahammai then hit her right hand with a ladle. She said also that later, at the beginning of August, the couple brought her back to the maid service because she was “not satisfied,” adding: “I didn’t want to work for them either. “Here is another household, Ms Hla Hla Myaing.

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The Ministry of Education (MOE) had previously said to The Straits Times that the case against Nahmai would be reviewed and the appropriate measures taken in line with their internal disciplinary processes.

Teacher Husband Primary School
Image Source: The Straits Times

“MOE takes a serious view of staff misconduct and will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against those who fail to adhere to our standards of conduct and discipline, including dismissal from service,” said a spokesman.

On Monday, after spotting Ms Hla Hla Myaing, the Myanmar language interpreter in court must be replaced. When questioned, Judge Tham told him he had tried to change her for lunch, since she had a 50-dollar bill with her. Then the judge said that it would be “wise” to involve someone else “shouldn’t help witnesses in any way.”

On Tuesday, the trial begins.

An offender can be sentenced to up to 101⁄2 years in prison and fined or canceled for the use of an instrument to attack a maid. Because she is a woman, Nachammai won’t be caned.

Source: The Straits Times

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