A Facebook post about an Indonesian domestic worker – taking selfies with a friend at a shopping mall in Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island during working hours – has gone viral on social media recently.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ricky Wong Sze-chin, a former member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), uploaded a video and photos about the maid and her friend on his Facebook account.
According to his post, the maid was supposed to be taking care of an old woman, who was seen shaking on her wheelchair. Worried that the old lady could be feeling cold, Wong suggested to the domestic worker that she take the old lady home, instead of spending time taking selfies.
But the maid replied to Wong in Cantonese that the old woman’s condition was normal. “She is always shaking like this. Why did you scold me?” the maid said, adding that she had not left the old woman alone or unsafe.
The video had been viewed 1.8 million times and shared more than 15,000 times as of noon on Friday.
Netizens had different views about the incident. Some criticized the maid for neglecting the old woman and taking selfies with her friend during working hours.
But others slammed Wong for wrongly assuming that the old woman, who could have Parkinson’s disease – which causes patients to shake –was feeling cold.
Some netizens said Wong had opened a “public trial” against the maids by posting their pictures on Facebook.