Discrimination when hiring is rife, say Malaysian job seekers

Discrimination when hiring is rife, say Malaysian job seekers

PETALING JAYA - The job market has become more competitive over the years with more people with the same kind of qualifications.

The situation is making it more difficult for job seekers to get employment, and discrimination does not help.

Many online job seeking companies have come up with guidelines and even vetting systems which disallows employers from adding discriminatory requirements in their advertisements. MyStarJobs' online recruitment system for example, does not allow advertisers to specify if they prefer male or female job applicants, or any specific age range for any hiring.

It's head Serm Teck Choon said that they work together with various parties such as TalentCorp to ensure diversified opportunity can be found on their sites.

"We have many initiatives such as working with TalentCorp to encourage companies to offer flexible working arrangement and such project is in line with our belief that diversity in workplace should be encouraged," he said.

Despite such efforts, the choice of whom to be called for interviews still lies with the companies themselves and there is not much other parties can do to help.

Recently, a posting by a Facebook user claiming that she could not get a temporary job as a sales person in retail outlets because she wears a 'hijab' or tudung, created a debate among other users.

The post, in which the author claimed that she never felt as disgraced even when she was living in Muslim minority countries for several years, was shared by many who shared similar experiences.

A Facebook user, who only wanted to be known as Aleen, said that it was not only in the retail industry does such discrimination exists.

"I studied a media-related course and have been looking for a job related to what I studied for.

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