Family of domestic helper who took her own life coming to S’pore to seek answers

They found out about her death through Facebook videos.

By Belmont Lay | June 17, 2017

The family of a 21-year-old Burmese foreign domestic helper, who was filmed jumping to her death at the Interlace on June 12, are reportedly making a trip to Singapore to seek answers.

The family of the young woman, Zin Mar Oo, was said to have found out about her death in Singapore only after watching videos of it on Facebook in Myanmar where the woman was from, according to local media in the country.

Her father, reportedly told Burmese media Mizzima:

“Right now, we don’t know any possible reasons. She was a good daughter… As her father, I want to know the truth.”

“I only knew that this had happened to her when I saw the videos on Facebook.”

In another media report, the deceased woman’s uncle, Thar Tun Aung, said the family in Myanmar had only spoken to Zin Mar Oo once in the 11 months she was working in Singapore.

Thar Tun Aung told 7Day Daily that Zin Mar Oo had found the job in Singapore through an agent. The family is currently trying to reach the agent.

He also alleged that even though her actual age was 21 years old, the agent listed her age as 25 on travel documents.

The uncle said:

“There are rumors that her employers were abusing her. I also heard that she wasn’t fed properly. I want to know the real reason as to why she jumped.”

“The main reason we’re going to Singapore is to talk with officials from the Singapore and Myanmar embassies… and find out why this happened to my niece and to ask to take the appropriate actions.”

Both Thar Tun Aung and Maung Tin Shwe are reportedly making the trip to Singapore on June 16.

Handwritten notes were allegedly left behind by the deceased woman and were in the possession of a friend who subsequently posted photos of it on Facebook.

Details in that post has since been corroborated by these media statements given by the woman’s father and uncle.

A rough translation of the handwritten notes written in a mix of Burmese language and legible English said the deceased woman was working in Singapore to financially provide for her grandparents.

In the media reports from Myanmar, it was reported that the woman was staying with her grandparents prior to her trip to Singapore.

The Singapore police had said they were treating the incident as a case of unnatural death and investigations are ongoing.

According to the Singapore police, the woman was 25-years-old.


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