Saturday, 10 January 2015

Filipino nurse sacked for anti-Singapore post

Update 22 Sep 2015: Singapore jails Filipino nurse for 'seditious' posts
AFP News - Filipino nurse Ello Ed Mundsel Bello was found guilty of sedition after his court appearance in Singapore, on September 16, 2015

A Singapore court on Monday sentenced a Filipino nurse to four months in prison for posting inflammatory comments on Facebook against Singaporeans and lying to police investigators.

Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, 29, a former employee of government-run Tan Tock Seng Hospital, had posted comments insulting Singaporeans and calling for the takeover of the city-state by his countrymen.

State Courts Judge Siva Shanmugam sentenced Bello to three months in jail for sedition in relation to his Facebook posts, and another month for lying to police who investigated him following complaints from the public.

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Nurse jailed for calling people losers on Facebook
Filipino nurse Ello Ed Mundsel Bello arrives for his sentencing at a state court in Singapore on September 16, 2015, after he was found guilty last month of sedition and lying to the police for Facebook posts in which he insulted Singaporeans. The sentencing was postponed until September 21. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

A Filipino nurse working in Singapore was sentenced Monday to four months in jail for describing Singaporeans as losers on his Facebook, and subsequently providing false information to police investigators.

Ello Ed Mundsel Bello, 28, pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility under the country's sedition act, and two charges of providing false information to the police. An additional charge under the sedition act, and another for lying to the police, was also considered during sentencing.

In a Facebook post on Jan. 2 that received more than 600 hostile replies, Bello called Singaporeans "loosers (sic) in their own country".

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Singapore hospital sacks Filipino nurse for 'offensive' Facebook, Google Plus remarks
A Singapore government hospital sacked a Filipino nurse Friday for "offensive" remarks on social media, the latest in a string of foreigners dismissed from their jobs in the city-state for sparking controversy online

Tan Tock Seng Hospital said that the decision to fire Ello Ed Mundsel Bello came after it investigated three of his posts on Facebook and Google Plus that touched upon race and religion.

It did not reveal the contents of the posts but described them as "highly irresponsible and offensive to Singapore and religion."

Bello lodged a police complaint saying his Facebook account was hacked after the post went viral. The hospital said its decision to dismiss Bello was independent of the police investigation.

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Filipino nurse sacked for anti-Singapore post
A hospital in Singapore fired a Filipino nurse accused of posting anti-Singaporean remarks on his Facebook page that subsequently went viral

The Tan Tock Seng Hospital said in a statement over the weekend that Ello Ed Bello was found to have allegedly posted two other "offensive" comments on religion on his Google Plus page.

"Mr. Bello has confirmed that he had made these three posts," the hospital officials claimed.

Bello earlier claimed his Facebook account was hacked when a post wishing Singaporeans to die circulated.

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Singapore hospital fires Pinoy nurse over FB rants

In a post on Facebook, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) management said it dismissed Ello Ed Mundsel Bello for "offensive online comments" he made while in the hospital's employment

TTSH officials said that during the course of their investigation, they discovered that Bello made three social media posts earlier, all of which touched on the topics of race and religion: were posted on Google Plus, and one on Facebook.

"These comments were highly irresponsible and offensive to Singapore and religion. They have distressed members of the public and our hospital staff. His conduct goes against our staff values of respect, professionalism and social responsibility. As a public healthcare institution, we take a very serious view and have zero tolerance on conduct that is offensive and detrimental to multi-cultural harmony in Singapore," the hospital administrators said in the statement.

Belo's dismissal from the hospital is independent of an ongoing police investigation on the alleged recent posts made in January 2015.

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Tan Tock Seng Hospital fires Filipino nurse who made offensive comments on Facebook
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has dismissed the Filipino nurse whose Facebook comments targeting Singaporeans surfaced last week, angering many online

Mr Ello Ed Mundsel Bello wrote that Singaporeans are "loosers" (losers), and that he was "praying that disators (disasters) will strike Singapore". In a statement to the media on Friday night, TTSH said Mr Bello had joined the hospital in October and was under probation when he made the "offensive online comments".

During its investigations, the hospital was alerted to and received earlier online posts by Mr Bello, including "an offensive Facebook comment on Singapore", and "two offensive comments on religion on his Google Plus page".

Mr Bello confirmed that he had made these three posts, despite having earlier told his employers that he had reported to the police that his Facebook account had been hacked. He was then dismissed.

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Tan Tock Seng dismisses Filipino nurse who made inflammatory online comments

TTSH also stated that their decision to dismiss Mr Ello was "independent" of the ongoing police investigation of his more recent inflammatory comments posted on Facebook this month.

They confirmed that they are still in "full cooperation" with the police regarding this issue.

In their statement, TTSH also clarified that a quarter of their staff are foreigners, contrary to the inaccurate report by Shin Min Daily News on Jan 5. "The Hospital is proud to have a harmonious multi-cultural working environment where staff work together to provide good care for patients," TTSH said.

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TTSH dismisses nurse for making offensive comments online
Mr Bello’s case is the latest in recent years of employees given the boot for making inflammatory comments online about Singapore society

In 2012, National Trades Union Congress assistant director Amy Cheong was sacked for insensitive comments disparaging the Malay community, while Briton Anton Casey was sacked by wealth management company Crossinvest Asia for mocking public-transport commuters.

Mr Bello’s is the second high-profile sacking by TTSH in the past year. Last June, it sacked its former Communicable Disease Centre patient coordinator Roy Ngerng, who it deemed to have defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and to have displayed conduct “incompatible with the values and standards expected of employees”.

The hospital said in its statement last night that a quarter of its staff are foreigners and that it is proud to have a multicultural working environment

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Anton Casey fired by employer Crossinvest Asia
NTUC fires Assistant Director for racist comments

Firing Edz Ello now the way to go for TTSH?

Some might be pleased that social justice has finally been served, and to be honest, Mr Bello elicited nothing that he did not deserve. To mock your host country and one of its religions is just… not polite. If you insult your host, expect to get thrown out of the house.

Yet, no matter how much we dislike Mr Bello for his anti-Singapore comments, there is something about what TTSH has just done that can hardly be justified.

Let’s start with the obvious. The comparison of Mr Bello’s sacking with that of blogger Roy Ngerng, who was also employed by TTSH, cannot be understated. Some would say that TTSH has grown a spine and is actually applying standards equally.

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Full Coverage: Singapore hospital sacks Filipino nurse for 'offensive' online remarks
InterAksyon: S'pore hospital sacks Filipino nurse for 'offensive' Facebook, Google+
GlobalPost: S'pore hospital sacks Filipino nurse for "offensive online comments"
ABS CBN News: Singapore hospital fires Pinoy nurse over FB rants
AsiaOne: TTSH dismisses Filipino nurse who made inflammatory online comments
TODAYonline: TTSH dismisses nurse for making offensive comments online
Online Citizen: Firing Edz Ello now the way to go for TTSH?
Channel News Asia: TTSH fires nurse for "offensive online comments"
TODAYonline: TTSH dismisses staff who made inflammatory online posts
Straits Times: TTSH fires Filipino nurse who made "offensive comments"
Online Citizen: TTSH dismiss staff over offensive comments made on social

Hospital sanctions Filipino nurse for anti-Singapore post
A Filipino nurse in Singapore was sanctioned by his employer for alleged "inflammatory online posts" against Singaporeans

In a statement released earlier this week, the Tan Tock Seng Hospital said that the nurse has been prevented from interacting with patients and placed on administrative duties pending police investigation.

"This is a serious matter. We are a public healthcare institution and we expect our staff to be respectful and professional," hospital officials said.

"We do not condone behavior or comments that are irresponsible and offensive, we will take appropriate disciplinary action where necessary," they added.

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Filipino workers make up 70% to 80% of Tan Tock Seng Hospital staff

This was the shocking revelation in a report in Chinese media yesterday.

According to a staff at the hospital, she said that 70 to 80 percent of the staff at the hospital are made up of Filipinos but the working relationship is cordial. 

The staff also said, "The professionalism of the Filipinos is not an issue. There are some of them who are outstanding as well.
"However, the discussion online (about Edz Ello) might affect their relationship with their Singaporean co-workers."
related: TTSH will not take action against Edz cos 70/80% staff is Pinoy?

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Tan Tock Seng Hospital has explained that the insulting, anti-Singaporean comments made by one of their staff, Edz Ello, were posted while his facebook account was hacked.

In a statement, Tan Tock Seng said: "Dear all, the staff concerned is one our nurses. He has reported to the police that his Facebook account has been hacked. We are cooperating with the police on the investigation. Thank you for the alerts and concern,"

The comments posted by Edz went viral online after many Singaporeans took screenshots of the comments and reposted them widely online.


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TTSH nurse put on admin duties pending anti-S'porean post probe
OUTRAGING NETIZENS: An anti-Singaporean Facebook post, purportedly made by Filipino Ed Mundsel Bello Ello, went viral over the weekend

He allegedly posted anti-Singaporean comments in a Facebook post, which ended with a reminder that "Pinoy better and stronger than Stinkaporeans".

The post went viral over the weekend, outraging many netizens. Mr Ed Mundsel Bello Ello, a Filipino nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), subsequently claimed that his Facebook account had been hacked.

A TTSH spokesman, who called the incident a "serious matter", said the nurse has been put on administrative duties while the police investigate if his Facebook account had been hacked

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Nurse put on admin duties amid probe

Police confirmed that a report had been made. Similar offensive comments on social media previously led to some losing their jobs. Anton Casey was fired from his wealth manager job last year for lamenting about the "stench" of public transport. In 2012, Amy Cheong lost her job at NTUC after drawing flak for complaining about Malay traditional weddings.

While the social media policy adopted by companies may differ, human resource experts said the general rule is to stay away from the four taboo subjects: race, religion, politics and xenophobia.

The nurse's alleged Facebook post falls under the last category, said Ong Hong Him, a fellow at the Singapore Human Resources Institute.

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Hospital staff says Facebook account with anti-Singaporean comments was hacked
A screenshot of the post has been circulating online. The Facebook user wrote in the post that Singaporeans are "loosers" (losers), and he was "praying that disators (disasters) will strike Singapore". -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Tan Tock Seng Hospital has said that anti-Singaporean comments that have been circulating online were posted on the Facebook profile of one of its staff whose account was hacked.

"Dear all, the staff concerned is one (of) our nurses. He has reported to the police that his Facebook account has been hacked. We are cooperating with the police on the investigation. Thank you for the alerts and concern," the hospital wrote on its official Facebook page on Sunday.

A screenshot of the post has been circulating online. The Facebook user wrote in the post that Singaporeans are "loosers" (losers), and he was "praying that disators (disasters) will strike Singapore".

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TTSH bombarded online with negative comments over staff’s comment

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)’s fanpage is being bombarded with negative comments on the handling of the case which involves one of its staff who have made a comment which many deem to be derogatory or hurtful towards Singaporeans.

Up to 2700 comments have been posted on the fanpage on the issue. Majority of the comments criticise and question the hospital of the way it is handling the case and how it is protecting the staff involved. A comment by a person named, “Edz Ello” was shared online and showed him writing , “Now the Singaporeans are loosers in their own country, we take their jobs, their future, their women, and soon, we will evict all SG loosers out of their own country…”.

This is not the first time that the hospital faced such negative opinion from members of the public. In June 2014, TTSH announced that it terminated its patient coordinator, Roy Ngerng Yi Ling’s contract with the hospital. The hospital wrote, “TTSH has terminated its contract with Mr Roy Ngerng with immediate effect because of conduct incompatible with the values and standards expected of employees, and for misusing working time, hospital computers and facilities for personal pursuits”

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According to an update from anti-Filipino Facebook page Sgs watching Pinoy, Edz Ello has handed in his resignation letter, but apparently TTSH refuse to accept it

What do Singaporeans think about TTSH's rejection of his resignation letter if true?

Do you think he should be able to get away scot free for his anti-Singaporean comments? Or should Singaporeans be big hearted and let him go back to the Philipines for some peace and quiet?


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Here are the TWO main reasons why Filipino Edz Ello is lying and should be repatriated asap:
  1. Edz Ello has an internet history of talking trash and speaking without tact online. In one instance, he used his Google account to make derogatory remarks about Islam. Would anyone with any decency and common sense make such bigoted remarks about another religion? What are the chances of him repeating such retarded behavior over other matters?
  2. It is not the first time Edz Ello has made rude remarks about the country (Singapore) he worked in. In August 2014, he commented that 'Singapore is China's toilet'. Is this how you perceive Singapore? Is this how you speak of the nation that has given you a proper job opportunity? Hence it is believable that he made those derogatory comments against Singapore and Singaporeans.
Finally, we hope that this Pinoy trash will be investigated by our capable police and charged with making a false police report about being hacked. If he stays for the length of the investigations, chances are he will be jailed or fined for making a fake report. He should man up and just admit to his mistake, rather than to waste taxpayers money to investigate his fake "hacking" desperate claims.

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Filipino working in Singapore, Edz Ello, has stirred a lot of hate online ever since he posted hateful comments against Singaporeans. However, what is more shocking than Edz’s original comments is the action that his employer, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, has taken in response to the public backlash.

It was revealed that Edz was a staff member at TTSH and many netizens wrote to them about the hateful and rude comments that Edz had made online. However, almost instantly, TTSH updated its official Facebook page with a notice that Mr Ello’s Facebook had actually been hacked and so it was not him who made those hateful comments.

TTSH was so quick to defend their staff member and cover up for him or believe his story that his account was hacked. They have shown no interest in looking into the matter and it appears that the case has just been closed with no action to be taken against Edz.

related: Blogger sued by Singapore PM fired from job

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Embassy asks nurse to be careful using social media

The Philippine embassy in Singapore has told a Filipino nurse to be “extra careful with his social media usage”, days after the nurse, Edz Ello, made some insulting and threatening comments about Singaporeans on social media (‘Posting on pinoy’s FB account creates online tsunami‘):

Furthermore, the nurse has tried to incite other Filipinos to hate Singaporeans. Mr Ello works for Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and he told TTSH earlier that his Facebook account has been hacked. In other words, he is saying that the inflammatory posts on his personal Facebook page were not made by him. Meanwhile, TTSH said that Mr Ello has been put on “administrative duties” [Link], pending police investigations (‘TTSH: We have put Mr Ello on administrative duties‘).

The Philippine embassy said it has reiterated its previous advisories on the use of social media. “Since the matter is under police investigation, the embassy advised the person concerned to cooperate fully with the SPF (Singapore Police Force),” it said. TTSH also said it is cooperating fully with the police on the investigation.

Ello Ello: Pinoy ambassador has nothing to say?
TTSH: We have put Mr Ello on administrative duties

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Singapore Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) - Wrong Medicine

Pending the outcome of a purported Police investigations, the Standard HRM practice is to suspend the staff and bar his presence from the Hospital for up to 7 days (as allowed by labour laws) while convening a separate Internal Inquiry which would carry out a forensic analysis of his work station, including official and personal computers, personal papers, case files, as well as conduct interviews of co-workers and friends. Any past incidents should be flagged eg. Mails, posts, graffiti and quarrels involving Singaporean patients, co-workers, visitors and vendors should be re-examined.  Should he be deem a flight risk, the Police should detain him under protective custody and/or retain his passport.

While on suspension, the Staff could prepare and collect whatever evidence to support his purported defense [“Someone hacked his Facebook account”]. Given the pattern of similar derogatory anti-Singapore remarks on his Facebook, his defense seemed incredulous.  Nonetheless, the Staff is entitled to due process in Singapore where we apply the Rule of Law even for the more hardened social and criminal offender.

It is a Major Mistake to allow the Staff to return to the workplace amidst the negative publicity against him, and to provide him opportunities for the possible tampering or removal of evidence against him and/or threaten co-workers and other persons against incriminating him.

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Ello Ello will Converts Pro-Pap to Opposition Supporters

My parents who are staunch pap supporters are angry with how this arrogant and evil foreigner Ello Ello got away with his action by demoting to an administrative job. Is he going to manipulate patient's data or copy for dubious purpose. How could he serve wholeheartedly if he hate Singaporeans so much? According to local evening newspaper, TTSH has about 70% pinoy staff. No wonder they fired a Singaporean even when the local was not proven as guilty, yet retain a pinoy even though he wished death on Singaporeans. My question is how can the government allows public hospitals to be dominated by foreigners?

Indeed all these problems are caused by our current government. Now Singaporeans are discriminated in job employment especially if the HR department is dominated by foreigners. This year we are celebrating 50 years of Singapore independence yet I don't feel a sense of belonging. Many hospitals are filled with filipinos staff. Even at Changi airport, I see so many filipino staffs manning the tourist attractions pass booths in Singapore. If tourists are in Singapore, they might think they are in Philippines. Despite the effort to celebrate 50 years of independence, many are not in the mood especially when this place is filled with so many foreigners and SIngaporeans who are the citizens of this country are discriminated and even the leaders only speak out for filipinos and not their citizens. They are betraying the trust of Singaporeans who voted for them.

When I read how foreigners like Ello is planning to replace Singapore with filipinos, I don't feel safe especially he is from nursing yet his is harboring such evil thoughts on Singaporeans. He had been insulting Singaporeans since August yet he is claiming 

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ElloEllo maybe right: Sinkies are loosers in own country

Look around when unemployment rate is high is because every ft here is counted employed but a lot of local is actually underemployed or kicked out...or seliing tissue paper and mopping coffee table.

when most mnc and even local banks and major corp have ft ceo (giving them red passport doesnt count them as sinkie because they wont let their kids be one themselves) why are sinkie kids supposedly most stressful but best education in world grew up to be.

Taxi drivers are least respected in many countries....its mostly driven by locals that look highly educated these days.

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Edz Ello is 50% right: LKY has given up, Sinkies will be extinct by sloth & greed

Yes, Edz is WRONG to curse Singapore with natural disasters. But about the losers (?poor health?) part, I cannot help but agree somewhat that in so far that the godfather of Singapore says:

"One Man's View of the World" he (Lee Kuan Yew) has said "I cannot solve the problem, and I have given up. I have given the job to another generation of leaders. Hopefully, they or their successors will eventually find a way out." Singapore Dissident: Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew admits defeat on falling birth rate

And given the high stress (e.g. mayhem on SMRT train), low birth rate, high chronic disease environment, Singaporean's are INDEED a people heading for extinction.

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Filipino Cries “Hacked”, Are We Buying It?
Edz Ello as he is known on social media site Facebook made waves for his negative comments on Singapore

The Filipino, a nurse from Tan Tock Seng Hospital allegedly posted comments that were negative and sparked a frenzy amongst Singaporeans online. The man in question quickly deactivated his account or changed his profile handle as links to his facebook account are no long accessible.

His comments were circulated and netizens quickly dug up as much information about him, finding out where he works and sending concerned letters about the safety of having someone with a seemingly deep hatred for Singaporeans in the healthcare profession. Tan Tock Seng Hospital responded by stating that they have spoken to the member of staff involved and learned that he had made a police report as his account had been hacked and it wasn’t him who had made all those comments.

It seems pretty clear at this point of time that this person probably filed for a false police report and account wasn’t hacked. There seems to be a history of him acting our against groups and communities and it would be a poor choice for anyone, much less a Singaporean to entrust their life to a nurse such as him. Many have even viewed the move to get rid of Roy Ngerng and not Edz Ello as a political one after this fiasco.

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Unease in Singapore over Filipino workers
The shopping mall Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road is a popular Filipino hub in Singapore

One of Singapore's most popular comic characters happens to be a Filipino maid called Leticia Bongnino. A fictional character from a television sketch show, she embodies a stereotype familiar to Singaporeans who have long relied on Filipinos to tend to their homes.

But it is also a stereotype that has become outdated, as more Filipinos move into new professions here.

These days a Singaporean professional is likely to have Filipino colleagues. With many more taking up service sector jobs, he is also likely to be served by a Filipino at a restaurant, supermarket, or doctor's clinic.

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Ello, Ello thinks we are stupid?

When S’poreans complained to Tan Tock Seng Hospital that a Pinoy radiologist there had ranted about S’poreans on his Facebook page, the hospital reported on Facebook, “Dear all, the staff concerned is one of our nurses. He has reported to the police that his Facebook account has been hacked. We are cooperating with the police on the investigation. Thank you for the alerts and concern.”

Three points about the alleged hacking:
  1. So easy to hack Facebook meh? My understanding is that Facebook’s defences against hacking are pretty robust and only sophisticated hackers could do such a hacking.
  2. So why would a sophisticated hacker waste his or her time on an unknown Pinoy FT? Making it seem as though he was insulting S’poreans?
  3. Seems that anti-S’porean comments have been posted on the now “hacked” FB page in the past. You mean Ello the Pinoy never reads his own FB page? So page has been “hacked” and Ello only juz realised it. He is as clueless as a certain drum-major* from Cathoic High, whose band is alleged to have ignored him because they knew he was wrong, not them?
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Edz Ello google account also tio hacked?
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Singaporeans are NOT Xenophobic
– MIKOspace: Singapore Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) – Wrong Medicine
– Just my Observation: Edz Ello is 50% right: LKY has given up, Sinkies will be extinct
– Just Speaking My Mind: Ello Ello will Converts Pro-Pap to Opposition Supporters
– Five Stars and a Moon: Filipino Cries “Hacked”, Are We Buying It?
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Ello Ello: Pinoy ambassador has nothing to say?
– Just Speaking My Mind: Why Are Foreigner Anti-Singaporean?
– My Singapore News: The end of Sinkies is near
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Ello, Ello thinks we are stupid?
– Life of Singaporeans: Edz Ello google account also tio hacked?
– Lu Keehong: Hospital claims that FB a/c of staff with anti-Sporean comments ‘hacked’
– Sg Social: TTSH Sack Roy Question Gov but Protect Pinoy who Mocked S’poreans
– RedwireTimes: Former NMP Calvin Cheng Dismiss Edz Ello’s Anti-Sporea Comment
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Pinoy and PRC diplomatic behaviour contrasted
– Likedatosocanmeh: Support PAP, the next job lost to another foreigner could be yours
– UTAT: Anton Casey fired by employer Crossinvest Asia
– UTAT: NTUC fires Assistant Director for racist comments
– UTAT: Blogger sued by Singapore PM fired from job
– UTAT: PM Lee Appalled By Harassment Over Philippine Independence Day Event

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