Office bullying video sparks outcry in Singapore

SINGAPORE — A Singapore company supervisor caught on video slapping a male intern is in trouble after the clip went viral on the web and sparked a public outcry.

Police confirmed to AFP that a complaint had been lodged against the supervisor, who works at a software company, and the manpower ministry said it had also been alerted about the alleged case of workplace abuse.

The 17-second “Singapore office bully” clip, first uploaded on the video-sharing website YouTube last Friday, showed the boss repeatedly slapping a younger man described by local media as a 29-year-old intern.

A fellow intern who filmed the video said in a posting at an online forum that he had noticed the supervisor “constantly bullying” his co-worker soon after starting his internship.

When he confronted the boss, the supervisor explained that “there is a story behind” the abuse.

“He said that my colleague apparently has an inferiority complex and apparently my supervisor is trying to ‘nurture’ him to get over it,” he said.

“I felt this was stupid, as how can you nurture someone by hitting them? My co-worker is very timid and seems like the kind of guy that will not stand up for himself.”

The Straits Times reported Wednesday that after the video went viral, two former interns in the same company also came out to say they had worked in fear under the supervisor.

Local Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min said the intern, a university graduate, was being paid Sg$500 ($400) a month and that his parents may seek compensation from the firm.

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  • gatdila

    Everyone in the entire planet is aghast about the bullying of a Singaporean man shown in YouTube. Of course — the act of bullying is horrific and considered a crime almost everywhere.

    But what about the biggest bullying in the planet, of big bad China against its much smaller and weaker nation neighbors. Why are there no outcry anywhere, no significant international condemnations of earth biggest baddest bully?

  • banana na

    dapat yan sa supervisor nito, tanggalin sa company na yan, bad example yan sa company…pwede naman niya pag-sabihan ang worker nito…manakit ka ng tao, di tama yan…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000849224614 Juan Tamad Collins

    nakakatakot baka maranasa ko rin yan pag graduate ko at nag work sa singapore nyahahahaha

  • Jason Kwok

    Bring the case to Court and make this as a precedence and warning for other supervisors thinking of bullying their subordinates in the office. Do not let these bullies abuse the word “Sorry”. “Sorry” is valid only when the action is done accidentally and NOT deliberately causing hurt or harm to others. “Sorry” MUST NOT be accepted here.

  • hopefulpessimist

    Typical bullying involves verbal intimidation. This one involved physical assault! I also wouldn’t describe it as “slapping”, the dude appeared to have a clenched fist! Those looked like solid punches.

    This proves bullying not only happens in school but in work places too and
    should never be tolerated. I hope the violent dude gets disciplined, heck he should be charged in court for physical and emotional harm.

  • Cue_Vas

    Bullies are bullsh_t

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