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人力部正在调查15名可能提交了大学假文凭的新加坡工作证持有人

Feb 18, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

人力部(MOM)正在调查15个工作证持有人,他们目前在新加坡工作,并在申请工作证时宣称他们有Manav Bharti大学的文凭。

他们的工作证可能会被撤销

人力部在2月16日的新闻发布会上表示,如果发现他们虚报教育经历,就会立即撤销他们的工作证,并将永久禁止他们到新加坡工作。

人力部也可以根据新加坡《雇用外来人力法令》起诉他们。

如果被判有罪,他们可能被判处两年以下有期徒刑、最高两万新元罚款或两者并罚。

假文凭的报道

Manav Bharti大学是印度的一所私立大学。

2月1日,《印度时报》报道称,在过去11年多的时间里,这所大学在17个州售出了3.6万个假学位证书。

这是印度警方在调查一起假文凭案件时发现的。

这所大学总共颁发了4.1万个学位证书,到目前为止,只有5000个是真的。

雇主负主要责任

人力部在其新闻稿中表示,雇主“负有主要责任”,因为他们有责任确保他们要雇用的外国人的学历的含金量和真实性。

人力部表示,在申请工作证之前,雇主应该已经对申请者的资格进行了评估。

这是为了确保申请人有合适的技能和资格来胜任他们所申请的职位。

人力部补充道:“大多数雇主都很重视这个职位,他们会为了自己的利益来通过严格的甄选招聘流程找到合格的候选人。”

人力部也会严格审查

人力部表示,在雇主提交学术文件后,作为维护工作证体系诚信的额外保障,他们自己会进行审查核实。

人力部会更仔细地考核高风险的学术机构,公司和个人,进行额外审查,并要求提交选定申请中申报的资格证明。

人力部还将直接通过发证机构或第三方筛选机构核实提交资料的真实性。

此外,人力部表示,当雇主在工作证持有人到达后发现自己被骗时,他们从雇主那里会收到报告并根据报告采取行动。

人力部表示,在过去五年里,平均每年有660名外国人因为在申请工作证时提供假学历文件而被永久禁止在新加坡工作。

同一时期,平均每年有8名外国人因为申报假学历而被法庭定罪和处罚。

顶图来自人力部Facebook和谷歌地图。


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This commentator thinks MCI ad should not have featured poor Malays

May 12, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
A Hari Raya advertisement by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) was 'cancelled' by certain netizens online for depicting lower income Malays according to reality.

"Message for Syawal", a two-and-a-half-minute video published last month (Apr 30) captures moments in the life of a low-income Malay family living in a rental flat.

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Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"

The video, which is peppered with Malay proverbs, shows the family moving out of their rental flat to a new home several years later where they celebrate Hari Raya.

The father of the family works as a mover while the mother is a housewife.

Their young son, Syawal, skips school to earn extra income for his family before a teacher flags his absence from school to his parents.

The mother in the video later decides to return to work to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties while the father gets a new job.


Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"



Why some netizens are outraged

The video sparked backlash online, with some viewers saying that it contained stereotypes about the Malay community.

The stereotypes:
  • The father works as a mover - commonly perceived to be a low-income job
  • The mother is jobless
  • The son plays truant
  • The family lives in a rental flat for low-income earners

Commentator implied that poor Malays shouldn't be portrayed in public to prevent stereotypes


Pictured: Screenshot from Homeground Asia video

A video commentary by The Homeground Asia went further by criticizing how the video propagates the narrative that Malays are poor and lazy, and that the ministry should have created a video that is more relatable to both the less fortunate and the more affluent Malays.

Adi Rahman, one of the interviewees in the video went further by making sweeping assumptions that the ministry lacked cultural intelligence and did not consult the community on the narrative.

Ironically, in talking about inclusivity, Adi implied that the realities of poor Malays should not be shown in public.

For example, his rationale suggested that the video contained characters (the mover, jobless mother and the son who skips school) that contribute to the problem of other races seeing the Malays in a stereotypical and reductive light.

In other words, show the good stuff but not the reality.

Adi even accused the ministry for not consulting the Malays in the vetting of the video narrative.

His accusations were without merit, however, when the Ministry said in a statement (Apr 30) that Malay-Muslim viewers - presumably a focus group - had seen the video prior to its release, and perceived the story to be heart-warming, although some expressed reservations.


Pictured: Adi Rahman - one of the commentators in Homeground Asia video



Stereotyping or masking reality?

The ministry said last month (Apr 30) the video was meant to show "a family’s journey of resilience in facing challenging circumstances and how mutual support and encouragement could nurture the process”.

Other netizens felt it was an overreaction and that low-income families shouldn't be dehumanized in a way that they are removed from the conversation. They felt that the video was a call-to-action for those from the underprivileged to strive for a better life through hard work and seeking help that's already available.

The only missed opportunity in the MCI video was perhaps the suggestion that Malays in low income families living in a rental flat could not celebrate Hari Raya unless they get a flat on their own.

But of course, like Homeground Asia, that is also a sweeping assumption.