Just to share with you about my plight and misery as I do not have anyone to talk to.
I am 45 years old and a former Senior Manager with one of the Casino Hotel in Singapore. I was forced to resign when the company learned that I am a undischarged bankrupt as I did not declare my status when I applied for the job .
I am specialised in F&B and MICE and thought that my bankruptcy status will not affect my work in any way.
The reason for not declaring my status is not that I am dishonest but because I was so desperate to return to Singapore due to my children education. The place that I worked in previously do not have an international school.
I have worked at an international resort in an island in Malaysia.
In June this year, I received a call from the Human Resource department from the casino that I got the job after a series of interviews with the VPs. They assured me that I will get the contract soon and asked me to resign from my current job immediately so as not to waste any more time.
I did just that – happily tendering my services from the resort hotel the very day I received the call.
After three days , I received the contract with some clauses for me to send my credit rating and my police record (if any) to the casino.
I panicked as I could not take back my resignation letter from the resort.
I scrambled and flown down to Putra Jaya to get a good conduct certificate and went to the Bank Negara to get my credit rating as I saw from the contract that my point of hire is Malaysia and sent it back to them all the while keeping my fingers crossed that this would not jeopardise my application to the casino.
Moreover, I have assumed that being a Singaporean, I will be screened by them automatically during their processing and that they would have known about my bankcuptcy status in Singapore by the time they decided to hire me.
Fortunately, my application went through smoothly but on 13 September this year I was called in by the management with regard to my bankruptcy status as the security department did an investigation and found it out.
The management subsequently forced me to resign or face termination.
I just wondered if there was any sympathy from the casino as after all I just got a pay rise due to my outstanding performance a month before I was forced to resign. I have a documentary proof that they give me a SGD1000 pay rise from my original SGD9000 salary.
It has been nearly 2 months now since I am jobless and I have applied for almost 100 jobs but to no avail. I have lowered my expectation and not expecting to get back my previous pay (SGD 10000 per month) but I have given up on my searches recently.
Luckily, my wife is working but I have loans to service and my savings are getting thinner by the days.
Just need your advice as I am getting desperate, stressful and suicidal at times. Published this email if you want but please kept my email address and name private as I do not want any of my friends, relatives, ex subordinates or bosses to know of my plight or complaint. I do not want to get into trouble with my former employees.
I can attach my CV and Linked in profile if you have any job referral for me.
In my Linkedin profile , you can see that there are a lot of positive recommendation from my subordinates as well as my superior with regards to my proffessional and personal life.
Thanks in advance for listening……
Do you think that Simon has a right of reprieve here? Should the casino also carry out all their checks with the authorities before they decide to hire him? Pen your comments below if you feel that he has a case against the casino or that he is entirely at fault for not declaring his bankruptcy status to the company.
I also just received news that Simon’s job has been replaced by a foreigner. Can’t the integrated resort replace Simon with a local Singaporean? Is there no one local that is qualified enough to take on a $10, 000/month senior managerial position from the tourism industry?
We will be assigning Simon a volunteer career coach to assist him in his career transition.