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Singapore MPs assure Indians employment bias to be addressed

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First published: August 30, 2013, 3:09 PM IST | Updated: August 30, 2013
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Singapore MPs assure Indians employment bias to be addressed
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said employment discrimination is a key concern raised by Indian community leaders during a recent closed-door dialogue with him.

Singapore: Singapore will address "head-on" the minority Indian community's concern about discrimination during employment in the city-state, a report said on Friday.

Singapore's Environment and Water Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said employment discrimination is a key concern raised by Indian community leaders during a recent closed-door dialogue with him and three other members of parliament of Indian-origin.

"It was an issue the minorities were most sensitive to, and I think it's a perception that we must address head-on," The Straits Times quoted Balakrishnan as saying.

"So the moves that MOM (the Ministry of Manpower) is considering on fair employment will be of great interest to the Indian community," he added.

Balakrishnan, along with MPs Hari Kumar Nair, Vikram Nair and Janil Puthucheary, met 300 community leaders and residents during the three-hour dialogue to gather views and concerns of the Indian community on Wednesday.

Singapore has over 500,000 people of Indian-origin in its population of 5.3 million.

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