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4/05/2010

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.

10 comments:

Wally Buffet said...

Surprised? Most definitely not.

If the allegations are true, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Foreigners should be banned from working in the HR departments of all GLCs, all MNCs, in fact all companies doing business in Singapore. They have an unwritten rule amongst themselves to advance their own countrymen's interests to safeguard and preserve their own.

The Malaysians are notorious in this respect. If you realize how deep they have burrowed into every aspect of our labour structure, all of you will probably have sleepless nights.

From security agencies in airports to law enforcement, they are there.

Anonymous said...

This practice is more akin in west like US and Canada and tey do it very well.

Anonymous said...

Blood is thicker than water goes a Chinese Saying.

Can You fault someone who cares for those of his/her own ??

Report to MOM and other Authorities ?

Speak to those who had seeked helps with CASE, Police(SPF), MCYS and all other Authorities. Ask them for their experiences. Me just think that the United Nation Organization can close shop and there won't be any difference to the World.

Anonymous said...

Blood is thicker than water goes a Chinese Saying.

Can You fault someone who cares for those of his/her own ??

Report to MOM and other Authorities ?

Speak to those who had seeked helps with CASE, Police(SPF), MCYS and all other Authorities. Ask them for their experiences. Me just think that the United Nation Organization can close shop and there won't be any difference to the World.

Anonymous said...

The truth hurts. But it hurts more if the truth is brushed aside as another case of 'Singaporeans shunning those jobs' so the employers have to employ foreigners. It is not therefore their fault.

Repeat that often enough and it becomes the new truth.

Sometimes I wonder whether our political leaders are really aware of what is happening on the ground. It is easy for them to say we should welcome foreigners, when their own job is absolutely secure and well rewarded by mandate of heaven. Other Singaporeans do not have that luxury of security, with the constant fear, no less, of losing their jobs to foreigners, on an uneven playing field that is disadvantaged by the annual NS liability.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Let's not turn this into an Asian against Asian quarrel. This is the major weakness of Asian countries. We are proud of our own culture and easily being manipulated to fight among ourselves.

We are too divisive and allowed a cooperative Europe to carve out the world into their colonies and sphere of influence.

Are we so blind of history and what is going on around us and want history to repeat itself? This time round neo colonialism could be forever.

agongkia said...

This Malaysian HR manager is another clown ,if what is reported is true.
Bread Talk is also another failure,for hiring the HR manager who do not know how to give a better excuse.
But,it is also common to use the word discrimination when one fail to secure a job.
I think this is more about being choosy instead.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Yep, I don't think he is dumb enough to say that to a Singaporean.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I don't think he is dumb. Rather, he is giving Singaporeans the middle finger, knowing that the rulers of this kingdom undoubtedly favors them.

I told my family members, never ever patronize Breadtalk again.

Matilah_Singapura said...

All hiring is some form of "discrimination". That is how it works -- the person hiring decides who is best for the job -- i.e. who can bring the most "value" (subjective) and "profit" (objective) to the company.

Of course silly people will always blame others for their "bad luck".

To them I say: Get off your arse and change your attitude -- or continue to entertain us with your stupidity.

The world is not against you, in fact no one gives a shit about you.

If you want to earn more, make yourself WORTH more.

And to those who hire due to racisl bias: good luck to you. May the better people work for someone who is not a bigot and earn that firm (your competitor) lots of money.