Maid pushed down the MRT escalator by employer with dementia

December 11, 2018
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A maid was allegedly pushed down an escalator by her employer when she tried to get him to take the lift instead of the escalator. The incident happened around 2pm at Clementi MRT station, near exit D.

According to Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, the 41-year-old Indonesian maid, known as Ms Diya had tried to get her employer, identified as Mr Chen Yangda, 67, to take the lift, but he insisted on taking the escalator.

They had a heated argument, and the man who is believed to have dementia, pushed the maid and she lost balance. This caused her to fall backwards and hit her head on the handrail before tumbling to the foot of the escalator.

Photos of the incident show the maid dressed in a red top lying face-up on the ground in front of the escalator, seemingly unconscious.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said they received a call at about 2.20pm asking for medical assistance. Paramedics then took the maid to the National University Hospital.

A report was lodged and the employer is assisting with the investigation.

The maid was believed to be hired about a month ago. She is now seeking a change of employer and her agent said that the transfer is currently being arranged and should happen in two to three weeks. 

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