The employers of the Singapore domestic helper who was photographed sleeping in the corridor outside their Housing Development Board flat last Sunday have stated that the incident was due to a miscommunication. The worker has corroborated their explanation.

The controversial photo was uploaded on Monday to the Facebook page “Filipinos in Singapore”, accompanied by a comment that the maid had been forced by her employers, who were away on holiday in India, to sleep in the corridor on Sunday.

The photo quickly went viral and has been shared over 4,000 times on Facebook, with thousands of commenters accusing the maid’s employers of being irresponsible, Shin Min Daily News reported.

When the maid saw on Monday that the photo had gone viral, she forwarded the post to her employers, who contacted the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore to arrange a meeting for Tuesday to allow them to explain. They said the incident was due to a miscommunication.

The maid also posted a comment on Facebook to clarify that she had decided to stay in the corridor on Sunday evening to wait for her employers, whom she mistakenly understood to be returning imminently. She said that she considered her employers to be friendly and generous toward her.

The Facebook page “Filipinos in Singapore” later took down the post and some media removed the original reports from their websites. 

On a subsequent visit to the flat, a Shin Min Daily News reporter said the maid was minding her employers’ children and seemed happy.