PETALING JAYA: So you have a mole on your face, just like US model Cindy Crawford.
Cute, yes, but in Singapore, that may just disqualify you from being a maid.
Apparently, some employers there have specifically stated that they do not want maids with a mole on the face, claiming that they could turn out to be a murderer.
Chinese newspapers here reported last week that Singaporeans were more cautious and choosy following several cases of maids with moles who had been accused of killing their employers.
Such taboos have gotten to some Malaysians, too.
One maid agency operator, who requested anonymity, said she had encountered clients with “special” requests, such as wanting to know the date of birth of their potential maids.
“They want the date to ‘match’ theirs, believing that this will help them to get along with the maids,” she said.
There are also those who would take the photograph of the prospective maid to the Goddess of Mercy temple for “advice”.
One maid agency operator told of employers who would seek divine intervention from the priests.
“I have come across employers who showed the photos of their maids to the priest to seek advice,” he said.
Some had even shunned plump maids because they felt that it implied laziness, he added.
“But such employers are small in number. Most of my clients are not so demanding,” he said, adding that his clients would choose the maids based on their photographs and particulars.
Alan Leong of EV Maid Agency in Ipoh said he had not come across picky clients.
“My clients will just ask for photos and some basic information like age and size. Usually they want girls with a warm smile instead of someone who always pulls a long face,” he said.
Businessman Gan Meng Foo, 44, who has had four maids in the past 11 years, said he and his wife had no special request when hiring maids.
“We just picked them based on the photos and recommendations from the agency,” he said, adding that his family had not encountered any problem so far.