How to lose your job in under 24 hours

Summary:Amy Cheong, ex-assistant director of NTUC, had a Facebook posting that lit the Singapore Internet scene and got her fired.

When Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days in 1873, it captured the imagination of the state of technology to accomplish such a feat.

In modern travel, going around the world in 80 hours would probably not be worthy of mention at the watercooler.

As another testament to the power of technology, an assistant director with the National Trade Union Congress, Amy Cheong, made a Facebook posting on a Sunday evening and by Monday afternoon, she was fired from her job and had left the country shortly after.

In the interim, Facebook pages calling for her termination had gone up, a couple of politicians had weighed in with their views, op ed pieces had appeared, and newspaper interviews were lined up. (Not to mention searches for Amy Cheong were trending skyward.)

The Internet can make one an overnight star, and it can bring down one overnight. Watch what you say over the Net--the advice to always mull over a posting is a wise one.

Topics: Legal, Singapore, Social Enterprise


Bryan is Pinsent Masons's technology media and telecommunications partner in Singapore and has practised since 1997. He advises on contracting and risk management in the areas of information systems and telecommunications, including intellectual property, data data privacy, e-commerce, cloud computing, and sourcing. Bryan also has adv... Full Bio

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