Ok, this is not specifically about NHB, but about how government policies do not always trickle down well from the top, even if the policies are acted on by govt-agencies themselves.
NHB is hiring a General Manager, Malay Heritage Centre (click here). Requirements include “Be effectively bilingual in English and Malay”. Nothing strange here, except when you click on Annex B here (“Dos and Don’ts when placing Job Advertisements”) and read that it is NOT ok to state a 2nd language requirement unless “… employers … justify the need for the requirement”.
So, technically, the job ad stated that knowledge of Malay is needed, but did not justify why; clearly this is in violation of MOM’s new guidelines for job ads, dated 25/9/2013.
Let see how long it’ll take NHB to change this ad (the closing date is Dec 7, 2013, so there’s a while more that the ad would be online).
LATEST: As of 18 Nov, the ad has been reworded (albeit clumsily) “Bilingual with proficiency in Malay preferred to liaise with the Malay-speaking community”. Thanks NHB for taking the time to read my thoughts!