SL maid in Singapore named foreign domestic worker of 2020

18 February 2020 01:46 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Panambarage Jacinta, a Sri Lankan woman in Singapore, was named as the Foreign Domestic Worker of 2020 which is an annual accolade for maids who have made extraordinary contributions to the family they serve.

The Foreign Employment Bureau said the award by the Association of Employment Agencies with a cash price of 2,000 Singapore Dollars was given at a Chinese New Year lunch held early this month at the Holiday Inn Singapore.

The Foreign Domestic Worker of the year is selected based on their extraordinary contribution to the family, the complexity of the job, and the foreign domestic workers commitment to his or her own self-improvement.

Ms Jacintha, a resident of Kuliyapitiya, first arrived in Singapore in 1990 to take care of Mr Lam Yong Sang's elderly mother and his two daughters: Chen Peng, then 14, and Chen Meng, then 11.

In 2007, she returned to work for the Lam family and played a crucial role in saving the life of Mrs Lam in 2008. She has alerted the family soon after Mrs. Lam showed flu-like symptoms and lost control of her bladder functions, a measure which enabled the family to rush Mrs. Lam to the hospital.

Ms. Jacintha who is 58 has served four generations of Lam family. Meanwhile, Mrs Ranhoti Peggilage Padmaseeli of Sri Lanka who has been with her employer since August 13, 1990, also received a merit award at the ceremony.

  Comments - 11

  • Anmanpan Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:00 PM

    I feel sad when I read this mail. Why not the best scientists, engineer, doctor. These poor ladies slave for us!

    Hesh Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:40 PM

    I felt the same . Achievement of great nation with 2500 proud history. Politicians can improve the jobs for as domestic workers as main income for the country. Way to go. ...

    ANTON Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:22 PM


    ara Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:38 PM

    I too feel very sad. we are branded as a country providing domestics.

    Independent Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:41 PM

    Rajapakshas will get more and more loans like last time. We will be poor for ever.

    Ga Rawi Tuesday, 18 February 2020 03:43 PM

    Is this something to be proud of as a Sri Lankan ?

    People Tuesday, 18 February 2020 04:43 PM

    Ga Rawi, yes they are DEDICATED to what ever they do. Not robbing millions like the few in Colombo.

    nihal Tuesday, 18 February 2020 04:55 PM

    It is a shame rather than an achievement for a proud country.This should be an eye opener. Of course personally she can be satisfied having done a good job. But for the country at large this slaving has to be stopped for them to be skilled workers.

    neville jauyakody Tuesday, 18 February 2020 05:01 PM

    I am proud of her for doing the best she could do and send money back to Sri Lanka, and very angry with the politicians for leading our sisters and moms to that sort of work overseas, while wasting hard earned money for their luxurious living.

    ruvin Tuesday, 18 February 2020 05:30 PM

    I have a different opinion. I believe whatever you do, you have to do it to the fullest capability, with passion and commitment. Not everyone will be blessed in every way. If it a SL Doctor, he should go the longest route in becoming a legend. Same with a pilot or an Engineer. This lady went to a new height in the field she chose. kudos to her.

    Sushena Ranatunga Tuesday, 18 February 2020 06:01 PM

    You have to be proud of this lady. She has done her job to the utmost satisfaction of the employer. What matters here is not the profession, the satisfaction of the client. Other professionals will also win accolades once they do their job to the fullest satisfaction of the employer/client. No point blaming governments without us doing the right thing.

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