"Zero tolerance" towards racially offensive remarks: NTUC

The National Trades Union Congress has issued a statement on its stern stance towards "racially offensive" words or actions by its staff.

The organisation fired its assistant director of membership, Ms Amy Cheong, after it was found that she had posted offensive comments on her Facebook page on Oct 7.  

Said Secretary-General of the NTUC, Mr Lim Swee Say, in the statement: “The NTUC takes a serious view on racial harmony in Singapore. We will not accept and have zero tolerance towards any words used or actions taken by our staff that are racially offensive.

"NTUC has terminated with immediate effect the services of Ms Amy Cheong, Assistant Director, Membership Department after establishing with her that she did post offensive comments on her personal Facebook page on October 7 2012.

"Regrettably and rightly so, her comments have upset members of the public, including many union members. We are sorry that this has happened. We have counselled the staff and impressed upon her the seriousness of her action. She is remorseful and has apologised for her grave lapse of judgement.

"We would like to reiterate that inclusiveness remains at the heart of the Labour Movement.”

Ms Cheong had later gone on Facebook and Twitter to apologise for her remarks, saying that it was a "silly comment".

"It is in no way a reflection of NTUC and the good works it has done and is doing for its members," added Ms Cheong.

She also said: "After this episode, i have realized how one generic post can create so many hurtful and cruel posts from strangers."

candicec@sph.com.sg

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