PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 8:05am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Singapore supervisor caught on video slapping intern to 'nurture him'


Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui

A supervisor at a Singaporean company was seen slapping and bullying an intern, according to a video that has since gone viral online. 

The video, recorded by another intern, was first uploaded on Friday evening and soon gathered tens of thousands of hits. Touching on the difficult job environment for young graduates in the island-city state, it hit a raw nerve with viewers.

The video has been taken off YouTube several times, first because it contained "content designed to harass, bully or threaten" and later because of copyright infringement. 

Parents of the victim confronted the supervisor at the office after watching the video and rejected his apology, according to Yahoo Singapore

When confronted earlier by the person who filmed the slapping, the supervisor reportedly said the intern had "an inferiority complex" and he was trying to "nurture him to get over it".

"The hitting and yelling stopped when I confronted him but this kind of behaviour has most likely been going on even before I joined, and will again continue after I leave," the intern wrote.

"He brought me into a meeting room and… said that my colleague apparently has an inferiority complex and apparently my supervisor is trying to 'nurture' him to get over it," he said, adding: "However, my co-worker is very timid and seems like the kind of guy that will not stand up for himself."

Since the original video was removed, several duplicates have been uploaded to YouTube.



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