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S’PORE COMPANY REFUSE TO ACCEPT WORKER’S RESIGNATION, SAYS “IT’S ONLY 2 YEARS”

company refuses to acknowledge my resignation

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hi guys, i need some advice regarding some work issues im facing. im currently interning in a singapore-based mnc and they continually refuse to process my resignation. what should i do?

context: i have been in this role for a little over a year, and i currently see no point in staying. at the start of the orientation, they promised us that we would have a good, meaningful experience and learn a lot during our time here.

however, when orientation about the job actually begun, i saw what a lie that was. the direct superiors of the interns were power-hungry and aimed to take advantage of us, knowing that we were new.

they overloaded us with tasks throughout the day and gaslighted us when we made the smallest mistakes, even when they were the ones at fault.

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i switched departments and it wasnt any much of a difference. there was constant office politics, with people wanting to outdo each other no matter the cost to get a promotion.

my superior even made us come in on saturdays to ‘do what we were supposed to do’ and meet his kpis. there wasnt any proper handover procedures in place, and we had to learn things from scratch as the employees who were leaving refused to contact the company again.

as our department is facing manpower issues, we sometimes have to stay awake throughout the night for a few nights a week as well to do our tasks. to make things worse, the company is facing financial issues and isnt looking to increase our salaries, which is already below market pay.

as im not learning much in this role anyway, and this industry doesnt align with my degree prospects, im looking to resign.

however, my superior and managing director of the division constantly refuses to acknowledge my resignation, saying im required to continue my internship ‘by law’ and ‘its only two years’.

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ive talked to my MP before, but it doesnt help that my MP has connections with the company and was once managing director of another sister company, refusing to help out with my problem.

any advice on what i should do?

Netizens’ comments

  • What law they talking about? You are not their slave. Did you accept anything for a 2 year bond? Take your employment contract and complain to MoM.
    In your email comms to that MP, cc his boss, our PM Lee.  then you would see how fast his attitude turns
  • Wah Lao…. What kind of problem is this? Just send in official resignation, they accept or not it’s fine, just go on leave. See if they want to continue paying you or not.
  • Just so you know, it’s an offence for them to reject your resignation under the Employment Act
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