Brian Tan Cheow Eng now says: I ‘love’ Singaporeans
Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012
After sparking a massive public backlash with his infamous remarks on Singaporeans being ‘weak and lazy’, Director of Quality at Fairmont Hotel and Resorts Brian Tan Cheow Eng now make a stunning U-turn and says he ‘loves’ Singaporeans.
n 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!”
His comments riled many netizens, prompting them to write in to Fairmont Hotel to complain about Mr Tan.
In an interview with a local Chinese tabloid today, Mr Tan sounded more conciliatory. He insists that his comments were ‘taken out of context':
“We all know that the majority of Singaporeans are hardworking and honest and therefore we do not need to be afraid of competition from foreigners.”
However, Mr Tan emphasized that we have to treat every worker equally, regardless of where they come from. He ended the interview by proclaiming his ‘love’ for fellow Singaporeans:
“I am born in Singapore and spend a large part of my life here. I love Singapore and Singaporeans.”