This has sparked questions over whether TTSH is deliberately hiring Filipino workers over Singaporeans to cut costs.
Singapore’s manpower laws mandate that up to 40 percent of workers in a company can be foreigners. This applies to Foreigners on Work Permits and S Passes.
But this quota does not include foreigners on Employment Passes – which means that the total number of foreigners hired by TTSH could be more than the 80% figure.
This has raised several questions:
(1) If TTSH, which is a leading provider of healthcare services in Singapore is recruiting so many foreign staff, what about other hospitals?
(2) As a government hospital, shouldn’t TTSH be putting locals first when it comes to employment?
(3) Are Singaporeans not good enough, or hold too high expectations, such that they are unemployable even by TTSH’s standards?
Filipino service staff in Singapore have been recognised for their high standards of service and professionalism.
They are also a better fit in Singapore as they can speak English.
Put in a Bad Light
But the recent Edz Ello anti-Singaporean rant has put Filipino workers in Singapore in a bad light.
Edz Ello is a Philippine national, who’s working as a radiographer in TTSH. He’s recently been revealed to have posted derogatory comments about Singaporeans, and Islam on his Facebook, Google Plus and YouTube accounts.
TTSH has come under fire from the Singapore public. The hospital is perceived to be shielding Edz Ello, after putting him on admin duties as police investigate his claim that his social media accounts were hacked.
The public has slammed TTSH for retaining Edz Ello, while sacking former staff Roy Ngerng. It’s widely believed that Roy Ngerng was fired for taking part in protests to demand better CPF benefits, and accountability.