A business man in Singapore says that when he uses his pen name ‘Benjamin’ instead of his real name ‘Imran Ali’, he gets more sales, and even 400% more profits! And when he uses his English name to close a deal, when he goes to deliver his products and his customers realise that he is Malay, they react with shock and surprise at his race.
- This little experiment shows that racism is still rife in Singapore. If a mere change in name, from a Malay name to a non-Malay name, can get the same person better results, can you imagine what this means for the Malay community in Singapore. This means that they have to work 4 times as hard as a non-Malay just to achieve the same results, even if both of their qualifications and performance are the same.
- In America, many studies have also shown that applicants with Black or Hispanic sounding names receive less job and interview opportunities than their White counterparts. Maybe a similar study like this should also be conducted in Singapore to find out whether Malay, Indian or non-Chinese names also get discriminated by employers compared to applicants with Chinese or Anglicised names.
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