Accused: OCD to blame for treatment of maid | Singapore Informer

by Gillian Lim and Wan Ting Koh HIS wife’s obsession with cleanliness was so bad that their son ran away from home in 2010. This was the reason that Lim Choon Hong, 47, gave to the court for why Ms Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40, was made to bathe in the third floor public shower in his Cuscaden apartment in the upscale Orchard area. Lim was in court today to defend himself against allegations that he had mistreated his domestic helper between January 2013 and April 2014. When she testified in court on Monday (Dec 14) Ms Thelma alleged that her employers would only feed her instant noodles and bread, and would make her shower in cold water in the condominium’s public toilet twice a week. His wife, Chong Sui Foon, 47, a homemaker, was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and would take hours just to clean a cupboard. For example, if she took out clothes from the cupboard, she would find a clean spot to place them or use a plastic sheet. Before Ms Thelma cleaned a room, Chong would require her to shower and change into new clothes. But between February and March 2014, Chong decided to “do away with cleaning the bedroom,” said Lim. So the family would camp out in the living room. “It was like a religion to her,” Lim said to the court. “A lot of things we would keep to the bare minimum for fear of wasting time”. He added: “Anytime any one of us showers we have to spring clean the toilet, so we might as well don’t shower as it takes so much time. We brought Thelma to the toilet also for Thelma’s sake, so you don’t need to clean.” “I also use the toilet on level three…

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