These comments appeared on the article: Race-Bias Discriminatory Hiring Practices Exist In Singapore?
Ada Style: New Temasek Review
I fully agree with Gre’s comment that Gilbert’s analysis is based upon him coming from the majority race (Chinese) in Singapore. So perhaps he may not appreciate the difficulties that the minority races face in Singapore.
I belong to a minority race and used to practice as a advocate and solicitor in Singapore (I have since left Singapore). I remember going for my first few interviews in several law firms only to be told that they prefer someone who could speak Mandarin. I told them that the position was for a legal assistant to do adversarial work and all proceedings in the courts were conducted in ENGLISH!! I remember one interview where, when the interviewer asked me whether I could speak Mandarin, I replied “What do you think?” I started packing my things to leave and he became very apologetic.
I think he didn’t realise that these questions and attitude are very sensitive, especially to an eager new lawyer who wants to make his contribution to society and help the underprivileged regardless of race and colour.
I can vouch for a fact that my of my friends who belong to the minority races have had similar experiences.
So to conclude, of course race-bias discriminatory hiring exists in Singapore!
i am not a Chinese: New Temasek Review
I was a senior in a head hunting firm.- as usual we advertised in the newspaper for appointments. As a good ethical practice, it is usual that sensitive criterias such as race are never mentioned.
Because of that, the advertisement attracted many non Chinese who applied for the job position. And it is our customary practice to call them for interviews to show our clients the number of people we have interviewed. Invariably, all non Chinese interviewed are always rejected by our clients.
We know that beforehand and sometimes informed the non Chinese candidates not to expect too much. I have interviewed many Indian and Malay candidates who were more than qualified for the job and are willing to take half the salary offered but they were never selected by our clients or even short-listed.
The local banks are worst of the lot – have you ever seen a non-Chinese working as a teller in any of our banks except DBS and POSB?
Some Indian and Malay candidates have broken down and cried in front of me when asked why their pay is so low after working for such a long period as indicated on their resumes. This was the reality fifteen years ago.
Today, ironically, there are more foreign Indians employed as executives in many banks - jobs that were denied to our local Indians.
A lot of Malays were senior and able administrative officers working in our civil service during the 60s but not anymore now.
To date, even our Malay ministers do not go further than a minister in charge of sewerage and drains. If Malays are that bad how could they govern democracies 10 or 100 times bigger than Singapore?
Racism in Singapore begins the moment PAP came to power.
Sharky says: Transitioning.org
I have to comment from the viewpoint of a Malay.
Though the Chinese majority will deny it, in Singapore we have institutionalised marginalisation of the minorities, such as the SAP schools, housing racial quota, CDAC, SINDA and Mendaki on top of no equal opportunities at certain jobs, to name a few. And it was only in the 80s, Malays who once served in for the British army but eventually kicked out in favour of Chinese recruits, were allowed to serve their country again.
Everytime, when such matter is brought up, the Chinese majority will compare abuses and discrimination their brethen faces in Malaysia and Indonesia. Or if we bring up the matter of the rights of the Malays as an indigenous people in our constitution, the Chinese majority will claim the Malays are not the true natives of Singapore.
So I guess, with such emotional baggage that the Chinese majority in Singapore carries, the victims have become the abusers.
It does not help when our government. plays the racial card during election. And keep questioning the loyalty of the Singaporean Malays.
So, you should not be surprised when the minorities employ their own kind, because they know, they would not be given an equal opportunity by most of the ‘Chinese-minded’ companies in Singapore.
As long as the Chinese majority and the current ruling party carries that emotional baggage and live in fear of the Malays, on top of feeling okay as long as their bread and butter is not affected, the minorities will continue to be marginalised and discriminated with the shadow support of the current ruling party.
I hope the articles link below will enlighten you more:
willow: New Temasek Review
I am a Malay Singaporean. I have face the same discriminatory experiences while out job searching. I was asked many times whether I spoke Mandarin during interviews. The companies that I selected to send in my resume were mostly foreign and international companies, not typical Chinese companies where you know that they would ask whether you speak Chinese or not. And I thought I would have a better chance due to the English Language…but boy, I was in for a shock as the HR Managers were normally Chinese…if you were/are not of the same colour or race, out you go!
Once, I was working in a travel agency (well my immediate boss was a different type of Chinese, real different mindset, that was why I got the job), I encountered Chinese colleagues who were outrightly racist towards me. I complained to my boss and she told me, ‘Now you know what they are and what they are capable of’. I won’t tell you all in detail what these racist pigs did. Just enough to say that they tried to smear my good name and work ethics due to their jealousy and prejudice.
Well, I did complained to my few Chinese friends. They thought it was nothing. They even denied any racism against Malays (or Indians) in Singapore.
In conclusion, I think the Chinese Singaporeans were/are having what we call the Denial Syndrome. They are the majority and they refuse to even think about the hardship of their fellow citizens. But God is Great, now is their turn to face what we, the minorities were/are facing and still suffering. Another thing, if the Malays have to resort to living in tents or even commit suicide (which is taboo in their religion), please do not be surprised. PAP won’t even bother, their motto is: you die your business!