Hi all…I am a Singaporean male, facing the current problem of having too many foreign workers at the work place.
Let me tell you my story at the work place.
I have no issue competing technically with anyone on a fair basis - foreign or local but let me tell you what exactly is happening in my office…out of 15 engineers, 12 are Filipinos, some with absolutely no experience in a similar tech environment. They were probably hired because they were willing to work shifts.
As the teams became dominated by Filipinos, tagalog was used as the working language in the company! How absurb can it be?
Even calls made to other tech teams are in tagalog – I can’t follow what is being discussed and became disadvantaged when it comes to solving major work issues within the team.
Out of three Singaporeans that I have seen working in the company, one has left, one was fired and1 amthe only last one standing. I wonder how long I can last also…
It became so bad in the work place that these people form a team within the main team and discuss issues and pass info that I never hear about.
Thus, they are seen as being more competent more – much to my annoyance.
I am sad to say that I have received the lowest increment in my team for this year. Is this fair?
The management also felt that I am not being “proactive” in mingling with them and getting work done.
To make things worse, the management prefers to keep “EPs” because they can be controlled, understandably so as locals can leave any time thus disrupting the operation. Rehiring and all the re-training to be conducted for the new staff are also costly matters.
Things get so bad that even OTs are given and taken within the Filipino work team.
They have no respect for our multi racial society or decency towards a fellow local worker. It is work discrimination of the highest order right in our own turf!
This country is built with the blood of our forefathers and our NS teenagers who put their life on the line so the rest can enjoy a first world multi racial multi religious multi food multi everything paradise all in the midst of a shit hole called South East Asia.
In the words of Lee Kuan Yew – ”just look around” – it is this culture of dis-unity and divisiveness some foreigners have brought here that will destroy their own countries.
Make no mistake, I am pro-talent and have deep appreciation for the hospitality and friendliness of the Filipino people.
I mean no harm to them and my prayers go out to the poor living in their country, but the above is just what I have experienced during the past one year working with them and it is not pleasant.
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