He said I should write about it.
Honestly, I'm not exactly familiar with what's happening in Celcom and thus was quite reluctant to do so.
Then just now there was this comment in my last post,
I also actually received the poison pen letter published by the other blog but decided to ignore it because I found it to be too harsh even by my standards.
Are there really people being sidelined in that company just because it now has a German boss?
|Celcom CEO Michael Kuehner|
Really, I don't know.
From what I know, people being sidelined in a company is not something unusual.
Once a new boss comes in, he/she will bring along a set of people to do the desired work.
They will do things their own way.
And of course there will be people who have to suffer because of it.
There will then be all sorts of allegations including racial discrimination and such.
Once, I was also sidelined at a place where I used to work.
But it was not because the colour of my skin.
It was because I was against the bullying culture at the work place and my inability to go along with the bosses on it.
Well, to be exact, I was not just sidelined but actually forced to quit my job.
But never mind, that's an old story.
Whatever it is, allegations of racial discrimination at work place is not uncommon.
In a GLC like Celcom, it can even be alleged that the management was not sensitive enough to the need of furthering the Malays and bumiputera empowerment agenda.
Maybe the German boss doesn't understand the concept.
Well, Celcom appointed him, so it's for the company to sort things out.
I just hope the people at Celcom don't have to suffer too much because of it.
Anyway, it is not actually the first time that I personally received a complaint of such nature.
A few weeks ago, another friend who works at Sime Darby Plantation told me a story about a group from a particular race dominating the company and even victimising others who were not one of them.
I don't know whether the allegations were true or not but maybe the Sime Darby big bosses can check on them and set things straight.
If it's true, then such things must be stopped, but if it was false, then those who spread the false stories should be penalised.
Well, I think these corporate people should know what to do.
I'm just giving them my opinion on the matter because they are GLCs, which in a way makes them belong to the rakyat.
It's the same with government agencies.
Despite all the talks about them being dominated by Malays and bumiputera, I have heard cases where members of other races dominating key positions in an agency and giving preferential treatments to those of their own race in terms of appointments, promotions and other perks.
I even heard of a story about a group of non-bumiputera bullying another group of non-bumiputera from another race at a regulatory agency.
Weird but true.
Maybe I will write about it later.
Whatever it is, I'm quite sure when it comes to exerting racial dominance and bias, it's wrong to say the Malays and bumiputera are always the guilty ones, even in places like the GLCs and government agencies.