AMP Calls for Central Body to Address Discriminatory Practices

4 May 2016

  1. The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) is concerned with what seems to be an increase in the number of discriminatory practices locally by individuals, companies or employers, against the minority and foreign communities in Singapore. Such incidents can cause irreparable tears to our social fabric, which has long been nurtured by generations before ours.
  2. While AMP stands with the government and the majority of the Singapore society, against such discriminatory practices and actions, it also notes that no publicly available data currently exists that tracks such incidents and the consequent reparative actions taken. In this age, anecdotal reports of such incidents circulated on social media can quickly elicit views and reactions that may polarise various segments of our society.
  3. As such, AMP would like to call for the formation of a central body, which (i) provides referral to the body for resolution and/or mediation in respect of any reported incidents, (ii) actively records and reviews such incidents in order to prevent the escalation and further polarisation of society emanating from the incidents, and (iii) collects data to be used to develop pre-emptive strategies to reduce or eliminate the number of similar incidents in the future.
  4. The proposed central body can comprise a representation of various stakeholders, including the government, private and independent bodies. In the interim, the government could also look at existing organisations like the Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) and, to empower them to resolve discriminatory practices and actions more effectively.
  5. It is critical for the issue of discrimination to be swiftly managed and for preventive strategies to be developed. This will ensure that the racial and religious harmony we have so carefully preserved over the last five decades will not be disrupted, which may otherwise cause long-term concerns for our society.

Issued by: AMP Board of Directors