Watchdog probes allegation of discrimination

SINGAPORE - Part-timer Zafirah Edwards, who works at the Changi City Point Puma store, was seconded to the sport label's section in the Wisma Atria branch of Isetan for the day last Wednesday. But soon after arrival, she was allegedly told to leave because she had turned up wearing the Islamic headscarf.

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Isetan today issued the following apology to Miss Edwards on their Facebook page:


We would like to apologise sincerely to Miss Zafirah H. Edwards for any anguish and embarrassment. Isetan takes a serious view of the matter. The staff involved will be counseled and the management of Isetan will also take steps to ensure that similar situations will not happen again.

We emphasise that Isetan has all along adopted an anti-discrimination policy. Each member of our staff or promoter who is working with us, regardless of race or religion, is a valued member of the Isetan team. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to a harmonious, non-discriminatory workplace, and will strive to do better from here.

From: The management of Isetan (S) Ltd