KLUANG - Employers placing job advertisements must be careful not to discriminate against any race, said Johor State Unity and Human Resources executive chairman R. Vidyanathan.
He said Johor was striving to forge better unity among the races and any advertisement that was discriminatory was a step backwards.
A recent OldTown White Coffee Malaysia job vacancy advertisement allegedly said that Malay and Chinese workers were preferred, and the company had since apologised for what it described as an oversight.
Vidyanathan was upset by the incident and said he received a lot of complaints from the public over the advertisement. Comments on it also went viral online yesterday.
He wants the Johor Manpower Department to investigate.
In the advertisement, OldTown White Coffee said it was opening a new outlet in Johor Baru next month and wanted about 40 employees.
Following the uproar, the company posted on its Facebook page that the advertisement had been put up by the outlet's franchisee and that the management had not known its contents. "We are in contact with the franchisee as the Recruitment Notice was drafted by him."
The management also apologised for the unacceptable contents of the notice.