Wasn't able upload a clear & readable image here, happen to google 'runaway maid' and found the exact article on AsiaONE
Article from writer - Employers bullied by maids need help too
Ariticle from AEAS - Maid agents can help employers
I just realised I miscalculated.
Should be $360/month (new salary scheme) + levy $170 + estimate house rental $300/month + meals provided ($3 x 3meals x 31 days) + toiletries, medical & miscellaneous $50/month = $1200. This means employer had to invest over $1000 on just one maid! If I hire somebody trustworthy and able to be a good helper, I dont mind cos its worth it!
If you get a job, eg as a cleaner or cashier, minus CPF, 3 meals, pay for housing, utilies & electrical expenses, transport and clothings ... how much are you left to keep? A maid gets $360/month - flat rate, nothing will be deducted cos employers take care of the rest.
Lots of people who just want to stand up for maids, simply did it without putting themselves in our shoes. They liked to say employers who didn't give off day are in the wrong (unkind). If maids are responsible, fully utilize their brains to think and bear the consequences of their own actions (dont make employers suffer on their behalf), I believe most employers dont't mind giving a rest day.
If one day MOM has a regulation for maid to answer for their own actions, I believe lots of employers would be relieved and be willing to let maids have a day off.
I believe maids can leave the employers' house officially (get agent find a new employer) instead of running away because many people out there are so eager to help even though maids were NOT ill-treated or abused! Take the example of the taxi driver which writer wrote in her article and AEAS, Shirley Ng.
In conclusion, after google 'runaway maid' , I realised Employers are forsaken. They have to fight their own battles when come to runaway maid. IF lucky to get a good agent then you r not fighting alone.