Singapore intends to scrutinize more companies for suspected discriminatory hiring practices as the country seeks to ensure that its citizens are treated fairly in the employment and promotion process.

The country’s Ministry of Manpower placed 47 companies on a watch-list and will further investigate the conduct of 240 additional firms for possibly pre-selecting foreigners for jobs or not giving Singaporeans a fair chance at advertised positions, according to a government statement.

Singapore “does not tolerate unfair hiring practices, and employers who do not give locals a fair chance in hiring and promotion will face scrutiny and stiff penalties if found to have unfair hiring practices,” the ministry said.

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