FW: [singlish] ST: Mandarin Requirement Deprives Her of a Job

Anthea Fraser Gupta A.F.Gupta at leeds.ac.uk
Tue Dec 19 10:58:24 UTC 2006


This intereresting letter from the Straits Times was reprinted on a
Singlish discussion group.
 
Anthea


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From: singlish at yahoogroups.com [mailto:singlish at yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Jack Tsen-Ta Lee
Sent: 19 December 2006 03:07
To: singlish at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [singlish] ST: Mandarin Requirement Deprives Her of a Job



The Straits Times
http://www.straitstimes.com <http://www.straitstimes.com> 
Dec 19, 2006

Mandarin requirement deprives her of a job 

MY LAST part-time job was as a call-centre agent. When I left and 
started looking for a full-time job through the newspaper and the 
Internet, I was both disappointed and frustrated. Besides requiring 
applicants to be able to speak English, companies also require them 
to speak Mandarin. Even an American MNC required Mandarin-speaking 
staff. 

There were times when I called up a company which did not state 
anything about language requirements. After telling a staff member 
about my qualifications, my hopes would be dashed when he/she asked 
if I could speak in Chinese. 

However, I am also aware that there are certain jobs requiring other 
languages, such as Malay, Tamil or even Tagalog. My concern is, will 
the minorities in Singapore be able to survive in this job market? 

It would be much more pleasant to live and work here if we went back 
to requiring English as the main language for all jobs. 

Nurwati Ya'akop (Ms)



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