Govt to appeal against maid ruling

30-09-2011

audio Cecil Wong reports
Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee. Photo: Francis Moriarty.
The government is to appeal against the High Court ruling that blocking foreign domestic helpers from applying for right of abode is unconstitutional. It will also apply to stay the judgement in a hearing late next month.

In the interim, the Secretary for Security, Ambrose Lee, says the immigration department will suspend the processing of applications for right of abode by helpers.

He said the administration is convinced that existing immigration laws are constitutional, and dismissed suggestions that halting residency applications from maids amounts to contempt of court.


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