Is this a new kind of discrimination?
There have been complaints that employers discriminated against job applicants in their job advertisements by stating preferences for race, language or religion. This has incurred the wrath of the authorities and official statements have been made against such discriminatory practices. There have been promotional material and advertisements by NTUC to recruit employees based on merits alone. Below is an extract of a Shin Min Daily article, According to a Shin Min Daily report yesterday, a jobless Singaporean who went to a Bread Talk outlet for an walk-in interview was told by a Malaysian HR manager to back off: “We don’t want to hire Singaporeans. We look after our own first.” The Singaporean felt slighted and walked away in anger. When contacted by the media, Bread Talk claimed that they hire more “locals” than foreigners and is currently “investigating” the matter. It is not uncommon for HR managers who are foreigners to bring in their “own kind” at the exclusion of native Singaporeans,.... My god, how could this be true, Singaporeans being discriminated in their own country for employment. I hope the investigation proves that this is not the case. Singaporeans are the first choice for employment in Singapore. It cannot be otherwise. Please report to MOM if any company is practising discrimination against Singaporeans. The Ministry and NTUC will surely stand up to protect Singaporeans for jobs.