The original story was published last year in mid-October by Melbourne Today, a local Chinese WeChat media company. At the time, I was very busy and overseas so I did not have enough time to actually look at the issue more closely, but the allegations were definitely very inflammatory: Chinese discriminating against Chinese!
The story goes that last year, a man under the pseudonym ‘Mr Yang’ reported that he was racially discriminated against by a Chinese company during recruiting. Mr Yang reported that the company had a sudden change in recruitment policy, after he had successfully progressed through the initial round of interviews. The company allegedly abruptly told him:
Company policies have changed, we are now only hiring local Whites
Yang reported this story to Melbourne Today, who did not disclose the alleged employer in question. Instead, hiding their identity by covering up their name.
Luckily though, Melbourne Today left enough evidence for me to do a quick google search using the exact words function in combination with the hiring criteria to find the alleged employer.
By typing in “Must be fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) & English both in writing and oral”, exactly into google’s advanced search, I was able to find the alleged company, as there was only one result, which also matched the period of the article.
Furthermore, the hiring details also match the other evidence, such as the position available which was a “Market Research Analyst Assistant”.
And sure enough, PolyGlobal or Poly Australia, is a Chinese company. On their LinkedIn page, it says that they are an subsidiary of Poly Real Estate Group Limited.
Poly Real Estate Group Limited or Baoli Dichan 保利地产 in Chinese, is one of China’s and also the world’s largest real estate development companies.
Funnily enough, I actually found some Poly Global hiring advertisements on Melbourne Today, as they had been using their website as a hiring platform. The use of this service is, however, totally free so Melbourne Today would not be getting paid. What I suspect is that Melbourne Today would be rather afraid to go head to head with Poly Real Estate, as they are a behemoth in terms of power within the Chinese community.
I have already contacted PolyGlobal and is waiting on their response. I will post their response as soon as it arrives.
PolyGlobal have replied and denied the allegations.
Thank you for your enquiry. Poly Australia is proud to have an incredibly diverse workforce of 60+ employees who reflect the nature of the Australian population. We strive to be a valuable member of the community and contribute to Australia through our work and our people.
Poly Australia’s recruitment policy is to appoint candidates based on their professional skills, capabilities, fitness to each individual role as well as the company’s organisational culture, we also prioritise internal promotions.
At Poly Australia, each employment opportunity is awarded upon merit, and we take pride in ensuring that we have appointed the best possible candidate for each role, regardless of ethnicity.
Should you wish, we would welcome the opportunity to arrange for you to visit our office, speak with some of our team and experience the culture within our team.