Stricter laws against discrimination in the workplace are long overdue, Singapore residents say in CNA-IPS survey

SINGAPORE: A majority of Singapore residents believe that strengthening the country’s legal system to prevent workplace discrimination is long overdue, according to a race relations survey conducted by CNA and the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).

Almost 70% of the more than 2,000 survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, with 88% believing the law will be effective in reducing workplace discrimination in Singapore.

Conducted last year, the survey interviewed citizens and permanent residents aged 21 and over from a cross-section of the population in terms of age, gender, race and housing types. Around 350 additional Malays and Indians were interviewed so that their views were properly represented.


According to the survey, less than 9% of respondents face racial discrimination at work, with ethnic minorities being more affected than Chinese.

This includes losing a job, promotion or opportunity at work, as well as being paid less than their counterparts of similar ability or rank.

A higher proportion of Malaysian (19-21%) and Indian (14-19%) respondents feel they have been treated unfairly at work, compared to Chinese respondents (4-6%).

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