A Filipino nurse who had been in the news for his online rants against Singaporeans has been fired.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital said the decision to fire Ello Ed Mundsel Bello came after an investigation into three of his posts on Facebook and Google Plus touched upon race and religion.
The hospital did not reveal the content of the posts but described them as “highly irresponsible and offensive to Singapore and religion.”
“We have dismissed Mr Ello Ed Mundsel Bello from our hospital immediately for his… comments made in 2014 while in our hospital’s employment,” Tan Tock Seng said in a statement on Facebook.
“They have distressed members of the public and our hospital staff… His conduct goes against our staff values of respect, professionalism and social responsibility.”
Police are currently investigating a separate post on Bello’s Facebook page this month in which he described Singaporeans as “loosers (sic) in their own country”.
Bello lodged a police complaint saying his Facebook account was hacked after the post went viral.
The hospital said its decision to dismiss Bello was independent of the police investigation.
Anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise in Singapore, with many complaining that foreigners compete with them for jobs, housing, medical care as well as space on public transport.
In June last year, a Philippine independence day celebration in Singapore was scrapped after organizers faced online abuse and threats.
Singapore’s leading activists groups last year warned of a surge in “widespread use of racist, aggressive and militarized rhetoric” against foreigners on social networks.
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