Nas Daily founder says he might have given wrong impression of not hiring S'poreans: Tafep

Video blogger Nuseir Yassin has acknowledged that he could have been clearer to avoid misunderstanding.
Video blogger Nuseir Yassin has acknowledged that he could have been clearer to avoid misunderstanding.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The video blogger of Nas Daily fame has acknowledged that he might have given people the wrong impression in his Facebook post of excluding Singaporeans from being considered for a job in his company.

Mr Nuseir Yassin has also acknowledged that he could have been clearer to avoid misunderstanding, said a spokesman for the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) on Friday (Aug 23).

The employment practice watchdog has reminded Mr Yassin to abide by the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices and the Fair Consideration Framework, and to give Singaporeans "due consideration" for positions in his Singapore company, said the spokesman in response to The Straits Times' media queries.

Under the guidelines, which apply to all Singapore-based jobs, words and phrases that exclude Singaporeans or indicate a preference for non-Singaporeans should not be used.

Meanwhile, the framework details fair hiring requirements for companies in Singapore, including advertising in Workforce Singapore's Jobs Bank.

The spokesman said: "As employers in Singapore are aware, those found with discriminatory hiring practices will have their work pass privileges curtailed."

Last Saturday, Tafep said it was looking into a posting by Mr Yassin on Aug 12 on the Nas Daily Vietnamese Facebook page.

 
 
 

Mr Yassin, popularly known as Nas, had said then that he wanted to hire a Vietnamese to join his team in Singapore.

"I'm looking for the best video maker in Vietnam to join me in a full-time position," he wrote on the Nas Daily Vietnamese Facebook page, which has some 110,400 followers.

"You have to know how to make videos. You have to be the best at shooting or editing."

He asked job seekers to e-mail their applications to him, before offering a reward of US$500 (S$692) to the person who shared the post with the successful job applicant.

Mr Yassin, 27, who moved to Singapore in April to set up the Nas Daily Media Company, later clarified on Facebook that the Vietnamese his Singapore company is looking to hire will be based in Vietnam after being trained here for a few months.

Tafep's spokesman said on Friday that it had spoken to Mr Yassin.

"He has explained the posting was to seek a candidate to fill a position of video maker whose work would be fully in Vietnam, although the training would be in Singapore. His Singapore company would not be employing the person," the spokesman said.

He added that the watchdog has observed that Mr Yassin had been putting up job advertisements on LinkedIn and the Nas Daily Singapore Facebook page inviting Singaporeans to apply for jobs in Singapore.

The spokesman said: "He has already recruited several Singaporeans."