Kitschen says vacancy ad meant to call for Malay, Mandarin speakers

The advertisement which landed lifestyle fashion company Kitschen in hot water.

PETALING JAYA: Lifestyle fashion company Kitschen, under fire for a vacancy notice appearing to call for only Malay and Chinese applicants, today explained that the staff responsible for drafting the notice had intended to advertise for candidates who could speak Malay and Mandarin.

Calling the notice “ill-drafted” and “discriminatory”, a Kitschen spokesman who spoke to FMT said it was “a direct result of defied standard operating procedures that require all brand communications to be vetted and approved by the HQ”.

“Above all, it was the lack of inspection on our end that resulted in this.

“We would like to reiterate that we deeply regret the incident and all the hurt it has caused,” the spokesman added.

“We have taken measures to ensure this does not happen again.”

The notice, which quickly went viral, had borne a line implying that only Malay and Chinese applicants aged 18 and above were sought to join Kitschen’s team at its Aeon Bukit Tinggi branch in Klang.

The matter made headlines after Facebook user Shambavi Shankar shared pictures of the notice, saying a staff member had told her: “Isn’t it better to inform Indians on a notice outside rather than wasting their time walking inside and applying?”

Kitschen had personally apologised to Shambavi, saying the notice had received no approval from the management.