Have you seen this video circulated by online tabloid sites?
In it, a man who calls himself “Mohd Bin Japar” rants about how he was allegedly bullied by Filipino co-workers. He even had no qualms stating that he used to work for ColdStorage.
Guess what? It was all fake and the man had since apologised.
The Minister of Manpower himself lent a few words to this case, here’s what he said in verbatim:
“This was first raised to me by an online site who posted the video interview by Marcus Tan or Mohd Bin Japar, and thereafter, a number of you sent various links to me asking me to do something about the injustices done to him. I was quite puzzled by the approach he took especially as the complaint had been sent to us to investigate. MOM followed up on the matter. Since then, the individual appears to have regretted taking the actions he did and has withdrawn his claims. But look at the hate that has been generated.
In our work helping to find employment for individuals, we have come across those who have been made more bitter by others who egg them on by blaming others for their predicament. The negativity comes across in their interviews and it also gets in the way of them trying to improve oneselves…because after all, it was not their fault but someone else, so what is there to change and improve?
Some have taken to make public their rants only to regret subsequently. Unfortunately, these actions backfire as potential employers will be reluctant to take on these individuals.Some have shared with me that they will never hire someone like that because it reflects a certain attitude and values. The sad reality is that when searches are done on the background of the persons, it can surface up. These can be permanent online testimonials.
If there are violations, let us know and we will investigate. We have taken action and rectified the situation for many. However, there are also cases where there is no basis for the appeal. Some who do not want to accept the outcome have gone online.
Do be judicious. We do have the freedom to state what we want to and you are welcomed to do so. But do note that there can be consequences that can haunt us for a long time.”
This “Mohd Bin Japar”’s real name is actually Marcus Tan. He is a Chinese Muslim so has a Muslim name.
He eventually had to issue an apology for what he called “a miscommunication”.
There are proper channels for redress of wrongs – dodgy Facebook pages, tabloid sites and people who purport to “fight for your rights” may cause you more damage than help.