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Discrimination against National Serving Singaporeans

posted by cockroach//蟑螂 at Wednesday, February 21, 2007 12:12 AM

Via Hardwarezone Forum

The poster, 26, have a late enlistment due SAF had missed out his enlistment, looking for jobs yet faced discrimination when he had his job interview.
Last Friday I went for an interview at this Fabrication plant U..i at Pasir Ris. The fab claims itself as the 2nd largest in the world.

It was a 1 to 1 interview with a fat Taiwanese manager. The Very First thing the manager asked me after my introduction is

Taiwanese Pig Manager: "I see you are a Singaporean. Do you need to go back to serve NS every year?"

I replied Yes, I do need to go back

Taiwanese Pig Manager: "Oh, so you have been going back even during your uni studies?"

Me: "Yes, at least once per year.

Then came the f-up remarks
Taiwanese Pig Manager: "How long do you need to go back every year? You Know, I once have this Singaporean Subordinate. He every year need to go back for like 2 weeks of in camp training, then still need to apply leave every now and then for some kind of briefing talks by NS."

"Worse, he needs to pass some kind of physical test every Year, so when he trains for his test by running in the night, he will have no energy to do work in the morning, Affect Job Performance. Then if he fails, need to attend RT, waste of company time."

"If every Singaporean needs to do all this, then I rather don't hire you all then. 1 year you all will have like a few months no need to work due to NS, And you also are quite old compare to other graduates"

Read this from and got some feelings towards it. I remember few months ago Uncle ZZZ faced similar discrimination from the job interview. In the end, he didn’t get the job; maybe given to female or foreign talent.

Sometimes, it troubled me. I wonder if the government had done enough to help male Singaporean to overcome those discrimination and disadvantage. Yes, maybe the reservist year is shorter; laws had implemented to protect the male Singaporeans. But within the community and public itself, there are still many discrimination towards male Singaporean when comes to working. Companies would also prefer not to hire the reservists. I also understand that small companies would not able to bear the cost of their staff going back for reservist. But does that mean that all males have to work at big companies?

It’s another reason why female and foreign talent should serve National Service too. :)


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