Singapore govt agency calls out racist Facebook posts focusing on Indian workers


Singapore, August 15

A number one Singaporean state-owned funding firm has known as out posts on social media focusing on its Indian workers as a “divisive, racist campaign” aimed toward stirring up hatred and intolerance.

In an announcement posted on-line on Friday, Temasek Holdings stated it has its roots in Singapore, the place there isn’t a place for xenophobia, racism or hate speech.

The firm famous that the very delivery of Singapore as an impartial nation was based within the beliefs of meritocracy, no matter race, language or faith.

“Some of our colleagues from India have been targeted recently on social media by a divisive, racist campaign. This makes us very angry at the false claims perpetuated. The Singaporeans among us are also ashamed at such hateful behaviour on the Singapore social media. We stand by our colleagues who have been dragged into this through no fault of their own,” the worldwide investor stated.

Some posts circulating on Facebook in current days have highlighted the LinkedIn profiles of sure Temasek workers, and their tutorial {qualifications}, and questioned why prime positions within the agency had been crammed by foreigners and never locals, The Straits Times reported.

Temasek in its assertion stated it has referred the posts to Facebook that are in clear breach of the social media platform’s neighborhood pointers on hate speech.

The agency, which leads Singaporean funding in India, stated it might “continue to press them to be more active in stamping out such hate speech, wherever it occurs on their platforms”.

Temasek stated its hiring practices are based mostly on values akin to meritocracy, excellence and integrity.

The firm, it stated, adopts an open coverage in constructing its staff that appears at values, passions, functionality and willingness to study, “regardless of the colour of our skin, or the colour of our passports”.

“As an active global investor, and a forward-looking institution, it will be foolish of us not to tap on the global pool of talent,” it stated.

The firm additionally underscored the range of its workers, which spans 32 nationalities throughout places of work in eight international locations.

“Among our 600 strong staff at our headquarters in Singapore, 90 per cent are Singapore citizens or permanent residents (PR). This is broadly the same among our senior leadership (managing directors and above),” it stated.

Other than Singaporeans, the composition of its workers is from China (9 per cent), the United States (7 per cent), India (6 per cent), United Kingdom (three per cent) and Malaysia (three per cent).

“We believe there is a role for constructive debate and fact-based opinions in our society, even on contentious or sensitive topics, and even on social media. That should be balanced with civility and respect for others. There is no place whatsoever for racism to feature in these debates. Insidious posts designed to stir hatred and intolerance have no place in our society and we denounce them,” it stated.

The social media posts come within the wake of the Ministry of Manpower final week inserting 47 employers on the Fair Consideration Framework watchlist for probably discriminatory hiring practices. Among the 47 corporations, 30 had been within the monetary companies {and professional} companies sectors.

Companies on the watch record may have their Employment Pass functions intently scrutinised, and those that are recalcitrant or uncooperative may have their work go privileges in the reduction of.

On Wednesday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) urged monetary establishments to groom native leaders and develop their Singaporean expertise pool.

The MAS stated monetary establishments ought to proceed to establish Singaporeans with excessive potential for management roles and develop the availability of proficient locals. PTI



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