Netizens call for boycott of Fairmont Hotel after its director Brian Tan Cheow Eng made derogatory remarks about Singaporeans online
Posted by temasektimes on March 25, 2012
Angry netizens are calling for a boycott of hotel chain Fairmont Hotel and Resorts after its Director of Quality Brian Tan Cheow Eng made multiple derogatory remarks on Singaporean workers on Facebook!
In a discussion thread on Facebook about a Swiss lawyer’s comments on Singaporeans not being ‘entitled to jobs in their own country’, Mr Tan argued that it is not the job of the government to protect the jobs of Singaporeans and bemoaned the poor quality of Singapore workers:
“If you do that in the private sector, no company would want to move here just to hire WEAK and LAZY Singaporeans.”
Mr Tan added that foreigners do a lot of jobs that ‘Singaporeans don’t want to do’ and asked Singaporeans to stop behaving like ‘babies’:
“Foreigners do a lot of jobs that Singaporeans don’t want to do. What’s the harm in that? In fact, some industries will collapse without foreigners….If we Singaporeans think we are so good, then don’t be afraid to compete for jobs with the best talent in the world. Come on, stop behaving like babies waiting to be spoon fed all the time!”
Though he later clarified that his comments were ‘taken out of context’, the damage is already done as netizens rally to make their displeasure felt.
Tony Wee was one of the first to call for a boycott of Fairmont Hotel:
“Quality at Fairmount hotel and resort has just been struck off my list with immediate effect. Thanks to Brian Tan. I may be an insignificant customer but i believe everything has to start somewhere.”
Alan Tan added:
“more hotel on the blacklist…boycotted…owners and shareholders of Fairmont, you all can thank Mr Brian ‘traitor’ Tan for 1 less customer…i may be only 1 but every one makes up for a whole lot of lost businesses and I’m sure going to spread the word to my friends and relatives to do the same.”
One irate netizen Ken Ong has switched to another hotel:
“My directors were suppose to stay in Fairmont Hotel in Singapore. I have already cancelled the stay and switch to another hotel.”
Concerned netizens can offer their ‘feedback’ to Fairmont Hotel here.