When questioned by fellow Members of Parliament (MPs) if existing measures and enforcement powers against discriminatory practices like racism have been effective, Minister of State (MoS) for Manpower Teo Ser Luck claimed that the cases of discriminatory practices are “relatively stable” and hence he contend that the status quo is “effective”.
According to the state media, Manpower MoS Teo Ser Luck said that there were only 30 cases of race and religion discrimination in the 4-year period between 2011 and 2015. Since 2014, only 10 employers who were racist were issued a warning while the other 12 had their “foreign work pass privileges curtailed”.
“The relatively stable figures indicate that the ministry’s multi-prong approach of imposing penalties and TAFEP’s advisory work with companies have been effective.”
There were 400 complaints of discrimination lodged between 2011 and 2015.
“Most of them were about unfair hiring practices, including posting discriminatory job advertisements and asking inappropriate questions during job interviews. The remaining concerned in-employment issues, such as poor grievance handling and lack of sensitivity in communicating company policies and practices.”
All four MPs including one from the Workers’ Party who filed the question of racism are of minority race.