Changi Airport Chairman Steps Down After Backlash on Maid Fiasco

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The chairman of Singapore’s award-winning Changi Airport, Liew Mun Leong, has stepped down amid mounting criticism after a court overturned a conviction against a domestic worker who had been charged of stealing from his household.

In a statement Thursday, Liew said he would retire from Changi Airport Group and various public service and business roles with immediate effect. “I do not wish my current situation to be a distraction,” he said.

Changi Airport Chairman Steps Down After Backlash on Maid Fiasco

Singapore’s High Court last week acquitted Parti Liyani, an Indonesian maid, with the justice saying the Liew family had an “improper motive” for accusing the helper of stealing S$34,000 ($24,890) worth of items such as watches and clothes. The judge noted there was reason to believe the family filed a police report against their former maid to stop her from lodging a complaint against them about her work arrangements.

The scandal sparked a fierce backlash in the city-state, including angry comments on the airport’s Facebook page calling for him to step down.

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