Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq and our local media have been vocal about the unacceptable racist job vacancies posted around towns and job sites in recent times, but it seems like a fashion outlet in Selangor had missed the memo.
In a viral post by netizen Shambavi Shankar, she noted that a fashion outlet in Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Klang had pasted a job vacancy that only allowed “Malay and Chinese” applicants.
If that is not enough, when Shambavi confronted a staff in the store about it, the latter dismissed the issue and said it should be seen as a service to the Indians.
“Dear @kitschen, I hope there is a sound explanation for this.
“Being a regular customer, I confronted the staff and asked her about the notice, to which she replied, ‘Isn’t it better to inform the Indians on a notice outside rather than wasting their time, walking inside and applying?'” Shambavi wrote on the Facebook post with over 450 shares.
Reporting on the incident (Aug 5), FMT contacted a spokesperson from the fashion brand and said the vacancy notice drafted by their staff was meant to look for only Malay and Chinese speaking applicants.
However, the spokesperson still called the notice “ill-drafted” and “discriminatory”.
“(This was) a direct result of defied standard operating procedures that require all brand communications to be vetted and approved by the HQ,” the Kitschen spokesperson said, adding that efforts are in place to ensure the same mistake would not happen again.
A day after Shambavi’s post went live, Kitschen responded in a statement on Facebook.
“We humbly apologize for a discriminatory Vacancy Notice posted by one of our branches.
“We take full responsibility and will address this issue.
“In the meantime, we would like to assure you that we do not condone such discriminatory behaviour and are currently reviewing our SOP to ensure that this does not happen again in the future. We must be better.
“We bow our heads in shame and are humbled,” it read.
Yikes. At least they know they are at fault and are trying their best to remedy it.
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