Overworking and abuse of maids affecting region's image of Singaporeans as spoilt, insensitive people. Singapore has witnessed many cases of maid abuse, ranging from pouring boiling water onto the bare skin of maids to kicking them until their stomachs rupture. Culturally, Singaporeans do not respect the working class. In Hong Kong, the minimum wage for a maid is HK$3670 a month (A$847). In Singapore, unless the woman is protected by an individual contract, she can be paid as little as her employer chooses.