Facebook comment cause woman to be sacked


The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has sacked an employee who posted offensive comments on her personal Facebook page.

It terminated, with immediate effect, the services of Ms Amy Cheong, the assistant director of the membership department, after establishing with her that she did post the offensive comments on 7 October.

Secretary-General Lim Swee Say said in a statement on Monday that the NTUC takes a serious view on racial harmony in Singapore.

He said the NTUC will not accept and has zero tolerance towards any words used or actions taken by its staff that are racially offensive.

Mr Lim said regrettably and rightly so, her comments have upset members of the public, including many union members.

Mr Lim, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, said the labour movement is sorry this happened.

NTUC has counselled Ms Cheong and impressed upon her the seriousness of her action.

Mr Lim said she is remorseful and has apologised for her grave lapse of judgement.

He stressed that inclusiveness remains at the heart of the labour movement.

The labour movement investigated the comments after it was alerted of Ms Cheong’s post about Malay weddings at void decks.

Ms Cheong later posted another comment, apologising for what she described as a “silly comment”.

She said it was a “bad judgement” which she truly regretted and added it was in no way a reflection of NTUC and its work.