Inequality: Caused by ‘inequality’ between foreigners & Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “Bridging inequality is no easy task” (Straits Times, Jun 29).

It states that “There continues to be concern especially about tackling inequality and ensuring that the gap between those at the lower percentiles and the rest of society does not widen”.

A key contributory factor to why so many families may be struggling to make ends meet, may be the low income of the household.

And correspondingly, a key contributory factor to the “low income” may be the uneven playing field and ‘inequality’ between Singaporean and foreign workers.

No employer CPF?

For example, employers save up to 17 per cent on the employer’s CPF contribution, for foreign workers. If we count the annual bonus, the cost savings may be even higher.

No maternity leave?

Singaporean women may also be at a disadvantage because foreign work permit holders effectively cannot get pregnant and need the Ministry’s permission to get married. So, employers may not have to contend with the four months’ maternity leave.

Also, most female S-pass and employment pass holders may be single and alone when they come to work in Singapore. So, it may be less likely for them to get maternity leave. Also, those who do get pregnant may not get their typical two-year contract renewed by their employers when it expires.

No NS?

Male foreign workers do not have reservist National Service. So, employers may not have to contend with NS men employees’ leave of absence.

No turnover problems?

What is perhaps arguably, the most disadvantageous aspect for Singaporeans, may be that foreign workers effectively cannot resign during their typical 2-year contract. So, employers may not have to cintend with turnover problems.

Unless, the above policies are reviewed, how can “we ensure that there is a level playing field?”

Finally, can you understand or agree with – why Singaporeans cannot do the jobs done by the 402,800 foreigners in 2017 on employment passes, S-passes and Other Work Passes (Letter of Consent (LOC) and Training Work Permit (TWP). Training Employment Pass (TEP))?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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10 Responses to “Inequality: Caused by ‘inequality’ between foreigners & Singaporeans?”

  • Jin Hsieh Lan:

    Mr Leong, we pay our ministers millions of dollars and they created such problem. Now they sent someone to tell us “bridging inequality is no easy task”. If they don’t know what caused this problem, better you take over the minister’s job right? Why throw good money at a bunch of greedy jiak liao bee who create problem then pretend to solve and then say it’s difficult to resolve.

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  • Bapak:

    This is the Clown reply…..”Sinkies voted for it”.

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  • Chao Ang Mo:

    Today there was this smelly caucasian who insisted in squeezing his hefty bulk like some hippopotamus through the narrow confines of the bus. People who are too thick and heavy should take private car. Singapore vehicles aren’t made for sizes XXXXL.

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  • LIONS:

    Lee Ass Long thinks his policies are working.
    So he behave arrogantly.
    Sad to say even those who got scrrwed by his policies still insist on voting for him n his stooges.

    I am thinking this also has got to do with ABSENCE OF CREDIBLE OPPO COALITION.

    WHAT DO OPPO SGS THINK?

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:

    Dear Uncle Leong,
    Inequality is caused by native Singaporeans being lazy and unmotivated.

    If the spur are not stuck in their hides, it is their business.

    Nothing to do with we elite, the rich PAP ruling class.

    Heck, all this lazy and unmotivated native Singaporeans are smelly freeloader opposition supporters
    .
    They want everything to be free.
    Hahaha.. They did not even donate to TRE when TRE ask for donation.

    Opposition do nothing except hide online/whining online
    We PAP work hard on the ground.
    https://mothership.sg/2018/07/indranee-rajah-refutes-tiong-bahru-market-walkabout-account/

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020
    Majullah PAP, Majullah GST 9%, Majullah Minister Salary, PAP Huat Huat Huat

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  • True facts:

    All problems due to shiploads of FTs here that caused alot of problems.

    Now alot of young graduates no jobs and some uni graduates driving grab you see how good the economy?????

    Voice down to mismanagement.

    Everything up until everybody very stressful in this little red dot.

    Tax on tax keep going up. How to survive in this country now?????

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  • But:

    @ Chao Ang Mo

    Careful.

    Its was 2 british divers who found the 13 teenagers lost in Thailand’s caves.

    Wheres your favorite China ?

    湊熱鬧 !

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  • You are right again:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:

    Inequality is caused by native Singaporeans being lazy and unmotivated.

    If the spur are not stuck in their hides, it is their business.

    GRC system “resulted in a “coattail effect” where unpopular and even unknown candidates are elected because they ran together with popular candidates (usually Ministers) on the same slate.”

    About time to abolished GRC system, make every contest a one-to-one fight, so that these unpopular or unknown candidates are not lazy and unmotivated causing Inequality.

    It is now our business to stick spurs in their hides.

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  • clown and S$m non performance:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:
    Dear Uncle Leong,
    Inequality is caused by native Singaporeans being lazy and unmotivated.

    If the spur are not stuck in their hides, it is their business.

    Nothing to do with we elite, the rich PAP ruling class.

    Heck, all this lazy and unmotivated native Singaporeans are smelly freeloader opposition supporters
    .
    They want everything to be free.
    Hahaha.. They did not even donate to TRE when TRE ask for donation.

    Opposition do nothing except hide online/whining online
    We PAP work hard on the ground.
    https://mothership.sg/2018/07/indranee-rajah-refutes-tiong-bahru-market-walkabout-account/

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020
    Majullah PAP, Majullah GST 9%, Majullah Minister Salary, PAP Huat Huat Huat

    how much is the ringgit exchange rate today, more than 50 days after GE14? not even 15 yet we heard. still want to BS about other things?

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