Filipino workers comprise 70 to 80 percent of the staff at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
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.”
A few days ago, a screenshot of what Edz Ello had written on his Facebook account took Singapore by storm.
“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 hahaha,” he had said.
“The best part, I will be praying that disators strike Singapore and more Singaporeans will die than I will celebrate.
“REMEMBER PINOY BETTER AND STRONGER THAN STINKAPOREANS,” he said.
Edz Ello is a Filipino.
It was later discovered that he works at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital later also acknowledged so: “Dear all, the staff concerned is one of our nurses.
But it also said: “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.”
This caused another storm where netizens criticised Tan Tock Seng for still harbouring a person who has threatened Singaporeans with death.
“Dear Pinoy friends, if you hate SG locals click like, if you want to see them dead click like, true pinoy supporters lets kick their people out of their own country click like hahaha,” Edz Ello had also said.
Netizens also compared how Tan Tock Seng had brazenly fired Roy Ngerng, who was previously working as an administrator at the hospital, even though he had not yet been found to have defamed the prime minister then.
Moreover, he had also spoken up for Singaporeans for their Central Provident Fund (CPF).
However, netizens compared the action of Edz Ello who had evidently threatened Singaporeans but was not fired.
Instead, in a latest Facebook update, the hospital only said, “The nurse is currently put on administrative duties, pending police investigations.”
But the gravity of Edz Ello’s conduct and the relatively casual treatment towards him have shocked Singaporeans.
Some have questioned if the administrator who manages the hospital’s Facebook page is also a Filipino.
Indeed, where it has now been revealed that 70 to 80 percent of the staff at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital are Filipino, this has become a cause for concern.
Questions are now abound as to why the hospital would hire such a high proportion of Filipino workers and asked if Singaporeans are not qualified enough to fill the job requirements.
Moreover, questions are also now being asked if a similarly high proportion of Filipinos, or foreigners, also make up the bulk of workers in the other healthcare institutions.
In fact, for the service industry, companies are only allowed to have foreign workers make up 40 percent of their headcount.
Moreover, the foreign worker quota of 40 percent only applies to work permits and S passes. Employment passes (E passes) are not subject to these quotas. If so, does this also mean that there are many Filipinos who are also hired on E passes so as to circumvent the system?
Is the Tan Tock Seng Hospital going too far as to deprive Singaporeans of their jobs, just so to cut costs?
In addition, if Filipino workers already make up 70 to 80 percent of the workers in Tan Tock Seng, and this is not yet including foreign workers from other nationalities, then how many foreign workers are exactly working in the hospital, or other healthcare institutions for that matter?
And how many Singaporeans are being deprived of healthcare jobs because of that?
If so, not only does this put the question onto why the Tan Tock Seng Hospital would hire so many foreign workers and the ethics of doing so, this also places the question on the Ministry of Manpower – why did it not do its job?
Why are Singaporean workers not being hired and why has the Ministry of Manpower not taken active enforcement action?