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NTUC employee Amy Cheong sacked for posting ‘racist’ remarks on Facebook

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 8, 2012
The labour movement looked into the comments after it was alerted of Amy Cheong’s post about Malay weddings at void decks.

Watch out what you post on Facebook!

The world over, there have been many cases of employees losing their job because of making inappropriate remarks on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

The most recent example comes from Singapore. A racist comment made by an employee of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has cost her her job.

NTUC announced that it has sacked an employee Ms Amy Cheong, the assistant director of the organisation's membership department, according to a report on Channel News Asia.  

Her crime? She had posted offensive comments on her personal Facebook page about the Malay community. The labour movement looked into the comments after it was alerted of her post about Malay weddings at void decks.

The company terminated her services with immediate effect, the report said. This extreme step by the employer was taken 'after establishing with her that she did post the offensive comments on 7 October'.

Racial harmony is a cornerstone of Singapore society and any offence related to it is often not taken lightly by the government.

According to the report, NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say stated on Monday that the NTUC takes a serious view on racial harmony in Singapore.

"He said that regrettably and rightly so, her comments have upset members of the public, including many union members".

"Mr Lim, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, said the labour movement is sorry this has happened."

The sacked employee has been counselled and she has expressed remorse and has offered apologies "for her grave lapse of judgement".

The Straits Times reported today that the sacked worker has offered "multiple apologies on both her Facebook and Twitter accounts on Monday morning".

The report mentioned that she felt "truly sorry" for her "stupid comment". In her controversial Facebook post, she had excoriated the Malays, asking them to "pay for a real wedding" and said that "maybe then the divorce rate won't be so high", the report added.

The story has not ended with Cheong's sacking and apologies. Yahoo Singapore has reported that a police report has been filed against her by a member of the public, Lionel Jerome de Souza on Monday morning.



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