UOB says veep trolling ‘Singapoo’ workers as racist, lazy, is an imposter

Screengrabs of a Facebook profile and posts used to berate Singaporean workers. Images: Hardwarezone
Screengrabs of a Facebook profile and posts used to berate Singaporean workers. Images: Hardwarezone

UOB Singapore has gone to the police to complain that someone insulting Singaporean workers online is posing as a bank executive.

Posting as Amit Verma on Facebook, the user stirred up controversy by berating Singaporeans for being racist toward foreign talent, specifically Indians. The user’s profile indicated that he was a UOB vice president, which the bank disputes and has now filed a complaint over.

“A Facebook user ‘Amit Verma’, claiming to be a UOB employee, has been posting inflammatory and provocative comments on social media. There is no such employee at UOB and we do not tolerate such behaviour,” the bank wrote online today. “We have reported this to Facebook and the Singapore Police Force who are investigating the matter.” 

A Facebook user “Amit Verma”, claiming to be a UOB employee, has been posting inflammatory and provocative comments on…

Posted by UOB on Monday, 21 September 2020


The user claimed to be speaking up for Indian workers and called out Singaporeans as being racist and lazy.

“You people are so damn RACIST!! Why are you mentioning visa status of foreigners? NO other country is reporting stats in such a clearly xenophobic way!! [Maybe] if Singapoo (sic) people were not lazy we Indians won’t have to take up your jobs… show some respect to Indian workers here!!” the user wrote.

He seemed to be responding to Singaporeans who are complaining about foreigners taking up their jobs, leaving them unemployed.

ICYMI:

This Amit Verma no respect to Singaporeans 🤬
Shamefully put VP at UOB when he don’t work in UOB

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Posted by Heartlanders on Tuesday, 22 September 2020


The user’s now-deactivated Facebook profile indicated that he was a bank vice president from Singapore. A LinkedIn profile under the same name, now also deleted, made the same claim.

Before the Facebook profile was deactivated, the user claimed that his account had been hacked and he, incidentally, would take a break from the platform.

Like other Singaporeans, political leaders Goh Meng Seng of the People’s Power Party and Lim Tean of the Peoples Voice chimed in to say he should be removed from the country.

“The government should expel these people immediately and blacklist them undesirable or unwelcome visitors! Nobody is indispensable in Singapore!” Goh said yesterday.

“You Ought To Be Kicked Out Of Singapore! This foreigner has obviously learned well from those elites who are happy to have Singaporean jobs taken by foreigners. He has learned to call us racist, lazy and xenophobic,” Lim said yesterday.

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