Date
24 March 2017
Elsie Tu (inset) may have been controversial for her pro-Beijing views in her old age, but no one doubted her sincerity and generosity in helping the underprivileged. Photo: HKEJ
Elsie Tu (inset) may have been controversial for her pro-Beijing views in her old age, but no one doubted her sincerity and generosity in helping the underprivileged. Photo: HKEJ

How Elsie Tu cared for her maids

Veteran Hong Kong politician Elsie Tu, who died at the age of 102 Tuesday, spent her whole life speaking up for the underprivileged.

In person, she also cared a lot about the people who were close to her.

Tu said she used to pay her two Filipino maids double the minimum salary, Ming Pao Daily reported on Wednesday, citing an earlier interview.

She said she found that the statutory amount, HK$3,920 at the time, was far from enough for her maids to pay their own bills in Hong Kong, given the city’s high inflation rate. 

Tu said extra money was needed for her maids’ families to make ends meet.

She said she hoped the money could help their families become financially independent over the long run.

In the 2013 interview, she said her maids had worked for her for 14 years.

Tu died at the United Christian Hospital from a lung infection.

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