SINGAPORE - More cases of job advertisements discriminating against Singaporeans have been reported, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) confirmed on Thursday.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the ministry said that it would be investigating these reports from the public, and that the firms involved have been asked to remove the ads immediately.
The ads reported had allegedly used phrases that indicated a preference for hiring non-Singaporeans, a practice which goes against the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.
MOM said: "These ads used phrases that excluded Singaporeans, or indicated a preference for hiring non-Singaporeans. These listed attributes are clearly not aligned with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices issued by TAFEP, which employers are expected to comply with.
The ministry added that it was withholding all work pass privileges from the companies during investigation.
"Employers should monitor the job ads that they put out, regardless of whether these are posted by their employees or recruitment agencies," it also said.
Acting Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin also released a statement on his Facebook page.
He said that he had received reports on the allegedly discriminatory ads via Facebook and email, and added that the ministry was investigating the cases reported.
He also said: "Be critical by all means, but be civil. It is important to not stoke up hate and ill-will as some are doing. It does no one any good. It does not reflect the kind of people we are nor the kind of society we aspire to be".