Following the incident involving Benice Festus, a Nigerian man who was allegedly discriminated and rejected for a job interview at Allianz Malaysia which caused an uproar on social media recently, the financial services company has released a statement on the issue.
According to News Straits Times, Allianz Malaysia Bhd has acknowledged that due diligence was not exercised by an agency when shortlisting the foreigner for the position of an insurance agent.
The company has expressed in a statement that the incident involving Nigerian national Benice Nkpokiti was deeply regrettable and assured the public that appropriate actions were in place to address any shortcomings over the incident.
Allianz Malaysia was made aware of the incident after seeing Nkpokiti’s Instagram post detailing his job interview experience at one of its offices in Damansara.
Nkpokiti has also been contacted by Allianz Malaysia. The company apologised for the incident and explained its hiring practices.
“At the same time, we have also concluded our investigations and have found that the allegations put forth against Allianz Malaysia are uncorroborated.
“While we understand Nkpokiti’s anger and disappointment, we are equally distressed that such an incident has transpired and any allegations that Allianz Malaysia would even resort to such unethical tactics or racism is deeply disappointing,” the company said.
The company also stated that fair employment practices and equal opportunities have always been observed and provided for all staff as the establishment embraces inclusivity and diversity.
Nkpokiti has since set his Instagram account on ‘Private’, disabling public access to the Instagram post he did that called out the discrimination.