PAP’s window-dressing policies will not solve deep-seated political issues

It was reported in Straits Times on Friday that “Cleaners to get at least 2 weeks’ pay as bonus from 2020.”

This is what an extreme rightist PAP ideology looks like!

Many cleaners are senior citizens, elderly uncles and aunties, doing hard labour, cleaning company premises, canteens, hawker centres, and toilets. Unlike the majority of employees, these cleaners can only enjoy deferred bonus payments in 2020.

There are more than 40,000 cleaners employed by over 1300 cleaning firms here. Come 2020, how many of our senior uncles and aunties won’t be with us? What happens if their cleaning companies are no longer in business?

The Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC) declared this compulsory bonus with the condition that they must have worked at least one year in the same company.

This bonus is part of the sector’s progressive wage model, mooted in Dec 2016 as part of a national effort to raise wages and encourage skills upgrading and was passed in Parliament last month in an amendment to the Environmental Public Health Act.

The real aim is for the bonus to serve as a retention tool to motivate cleaners to stay with the same employer longer for career progression. Clearly, there is much window-dressing for these low wage cleaners to benefit from the 2 weeks’ bonus.

How can the TCC or even MOM help to ensure that all the cleaners are duly paid the compulsory bonus especially if they retire or unable to work due to poor health? To be fully effective, the government must now set up a huge administrative machinery to enforce this compulsory bonus. This is not smart governance.

The most transparent way is to introduce a minimum living wage for all low wage workers and MOM can enforce this rule much more easily. Why go through this rigmarole?

An extreme rightist party ideology is intricately tied up with the business community; nothing wrong if the government also looks out for the citizens in the lowest 20% income bracket.Is this happening here?

The issue I have with this system of governance is that the government now has an inclination to kick the can down the road (for the cleaners till 2020) to buy time or get rid of an immediate sticky problem.

A much more serious governance issue is PM Lee’s announcement at the ND Rally, to create the new concept of Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (VERS) for HDB flats that are reaching 60 to 70 years old (another 20 years into the future), in order to defer the urgent need to find an acceptable answer for all HDB flat dwellers on the issue of ownership of their flats. Last National Day 2018 was long gone and still nothing was heard from ND Minister Lawrence Wong on the details of VERS or HIP 2.

All these tell me that the PAP government is desperately looking for a new party ideology to break this impasse.

So PM Lee, in the last PAP conference, declared a new ideology by adopting a Centrist Approach to unite Singaporeans. The PAP has become an extreme right party during the last 20-30 years.

A mere declaration of a new ideological approach won’t make all the deep-seated social and political issues go away. Better to spend more time fixing the multi-dimensional social and political issues in Singapore than fixing the Opposition.

 

Kok Meng Cheang

 

 

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24 Responses to “PAP’s window-dressing policies will not solve deep-seated political issues”

  • Bapak:

    I told my staff company will give them 50% pay increase and on top of that a 6-month special bonus…….in 2030 & 2040 respectively. They all resign. FTs included.

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  • sute:

    Employers will sack the cleaner just before 1 year tenure to save on the bonus payment. Don’t think this is addressed.

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  • Bapak:

    There are more than 40,000 cleaners employed by over 1300 cleaning firms here. Come 2020, how many of our senior uncles and aunties won’t be with us? What happens if their cleaning companies are no longer in business?

    The Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC) declared this compulsory bonus with the condition that they must have worked at least one year in the same company.
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    If you are the boss, do you want me to teach you how to circumvent this rule?

    Come 2020, set up another company fired all the cleaners and re-employ them under the new company name and they all start all over again. One year later, repeat the whole process again and again. None of the cleaners will ever qualify for this BS bonus. PAP you are the can and very thoughtful one, salute.

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  • Bapak:

    I seem like lately all PAP policies are to give you hope and delay rewards. Is this their strategy to keep their own hopes to be given another term high? Knowing there are already 70% Sinkies out there. Hoping to increase it to 80%?

    Bapak:
    I told my staff company will give them 50% pay increase and on top of that a 6-month special bonus…….in 2030 & 2040 respectively. They all resign. FTs included.

    Bapak:
    Can the bank loan me $10 million, I’ll give my answer 20 years later how I’ll return them. Can?

    By then, either they close shop first or I run road first.

    Do you expect PAP to be around 20 years later? All these PAPigs will be gone by then. New G will tell you we never promise you? You go chase after Pinky. And he’s nowhere to be found.

    Those who buy their story must be dumbass stupid.

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  • Angry Rooster:

    This is to make sure these cleaners vote for them. But after that GST take back 150%. Both way also jialat2.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Read between the lines – a bonus is not a guaranteed part of a salary but decided by management based on ‘various factors’.

    A minimum 2 weeks means nothing if there are CONDITIONS attached to earn the bonus. Or if there is no bonus.

    However that being said – no sympathy for the ‘Selfish Generation’ that kept the pappies in power for 50+ years.

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  • Oppo Better Sincere Offer:

    Vote for Oppo and get better sincere deal like double your pay instead of mere 2 weeks and Pay 9% GST and more taxes for the next 5 years.

    9% GST means you are paying over 4 times of your income tax. “over 4X Times”.

    Anything from PAypAy cannot trust, cannot take.

    Never allow them to sign another CECA and make all sinkies become cleaners.

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  • LIONS:

    Cleaners are paid peanuts n so the bonus will be peanuts.
    There shud be CAPS FOR TOP SALARIES N NOT CHEAP FLOORS FOR POOR WORKERS AS INCOME INEQUALITY WILL NOT ADJUST LOWER AS LONG AS THE TOP BRACKET SALARIES CONtinue to $HOOT HIGHER,HIGHER N HIGHER.

    THIS IS SIMPLE LOGIC,NO NEED PRESIDENT SCHOLARS OR CAMBRIDGE TRIPOS TO CALCULATE???

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  • rukidding:

    “Insincere” and full of “Fakes”….that is what PAP has become !

    Same old, same old “tactics” jus because Election is near ???

    Pathetic indeed !

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  • WhoBelievesThemAnymore:

    Stupid to the core.. why have to wait till 2020?
    To see if PAP wins elections or not?
    After GE they take back everything they gave out or introduce new schemes..saying the previous one ‘not popular’!! Wonder who they asked???
    We get conned every day..never fails.

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  • No need to con peasants lah:

    So crafty. Trying to tarek harga for votes.
    Hope all the old n young cleaners dont just go vote for them just for that measley ’2years later bonus’.
    To the PAPs: Please dont treat these hard working people like pawns in your dirty political games. Its so cruel.

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  • N.Jungne:

    VERS and NIP2 never heard of, says the ND Minister. Very telling hor, like pluck out of the blue.

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  • Attention!:

    Whoever can guarantee to return back our CPF in full & part of our medisave ( theyre deducting too damned much!), i guarantee we will give you our votes..
    No need to resort to ‘bribery ‘ and broken promises!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Cleaners are an anachronistic relic of the past. I find it amusing that the PAP continually holding up the humble cleaner as their symbol of wage progress! And part of their enlightened strategy towards improving society by improving the pathetic wages of cleaners. Sorry to say this, but it’s just a SHAM PROCESS! A cleaner in a modern economy is a backward step, not a forward one.
    If S’pore wages had risen to a respectable level without foreigner influx & a crony Capitalist Economy suppressing wages by relying on foreigners, cleaners may not exist within a higher wage eco-system. A higher wage eco-system creates a higher demand for higher level jobs. Higher wages means that children could afford to give their parents money so as not to work in a lowly job like a cleaner. Higher wages would mean more automation & increasing capital expenditures using labour saving equipment & devices to reduce manpower count.
    In Japan, restaurants rely on dish washing machines to clean dishes, ticket dispenser for orders & cash handling & customers returning their food trays to collection points themselves. People in Japan clean up their tables themselves after eating so that the next person will enjoy a clean surrounding. It’s called civic consciousness! And that is social progress within a prigressive society.
    Cleaners in S’pore are a sign of PAP’s failure to uplift people’s lives; provide better alternatives & most damning, a lack of social safety nets for the elderly & poor so that they would not have to perform such demeaning work. And this is a poor reflection of them being paid millions “for good governance” yet unable to solve a portion of society still wallowing in pathetic work for measely wages, being exploited by callous cronies. How do they sleep at night? Either no social conscience or simply too greedy to care!

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  • TUCK WAN:

    Maybe only MIW found a way money transfer
    thru western union for the departed aunties amd uncles. Will certainly help.
    No man left behind.

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  • Tremendous:

    This is ridiculous. Apart from the vast difference in bonus amounts, members of a certain party expect to get paid bonus the same year when they perform below expectations while cleaners get deferred bonus at best. These so-called leader members waste no opportunities to look after themselves first, huh ?
    See if 70% citizens still have their conscience seared during elections to send them into Parliament.

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  • Why suffered in silence:

    Cleaners can wait 2 years,VERS and HIP2 can wait 10-20 years,while MIWs continue to draw million dollars salaries and bonuses year after year.Who are they trying to smoke.By then the citizens and the MIWs won’t be around,these issues would die a natural death.GE is approaching hence all issues must be temporary addressed but not solved.A too familiar ludicrous kick the can down the road approach.Use your vote to stop the can.

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  • more like a hotel:

    //In Japan, restaurants rely on dish washing machines to clean dishes, ticket dispenser for orders & cash handling & customers returning their food trays to collection points themselves. People in Japan clean up their tables themselves after eating so that the next person will enjoy a clean surrounding. It’s called civic consciousness! And that is social progress within a prigressive society.//

    japan, cultural homogeneity ? building a stronger sense of belonging, identity and community ?

    whereas sinkie land, more like a hotel with all sorts of cha-ba-lang people constantly made more chat-ba-lang from white idiotic open-leg policy with only ‘homogeneity’ for the white idiots and gang to enjoy better fruits from hotel collection.

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  • People Are Very Angry....:

    And General Election is just around the corner.

    Many ‘good policies’ will be introduced in the next few months to placate the angry voters.

    People can also expect many goodies ahead!

    But vote wisely or else it will be very painful when ‘they’ take back the ‘whole chicken’!

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  • Cronyism aside:

    “If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble – competent people on a level with dentists – that would be splendid.”
    - John Maynard Keynes

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ more like a hotel:
    Visited Japan more times than I care to count! Not correct about homogeneity of Japan. Scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find lots of non-Japanese working in various jobs & positions. But they look Japanese because they’re Asian indistinguishable from Japanese faces. And they have learnt to speak Japanese. The question is why they willingly adapt to Japanese way of culture & life through assimilation whereas foreigners in S’pore refused?
    PAP “tekkan” locals like dogs giving foreigners the impression that they could do the same (remember Anton Casey?). Why Westerners dare to assault S’pore taxi drivers while they are so well behaved in Japan?
    Truth is that PAP govt never built any National Identity for the people. They create the impression that PAP govt is S’pore & S’pore belongs to the PAP. There is no National Pride in the people & without National Identity, local are isolated & picked upon by tribes of foreigners who think that they owned S’pore! S’pore today is like the last days of the Qing Dynasty!

    mor like a hotel:
    //In Japan, restaurants rely on dish washing machines to clean dishes, ticket dispenser for orders & cash handling & customers returning their food trays to collection points themselves. People in Japan clean up their tables themselves after eating so that the next person will enjoy a clean surrounding. It’s called civic consciousness! And that is social progress within a prigressive society.//

    japan, cultural homogeneity ? building a stronger sense of belonging, identity and community ?

    whereas sinkie land, more like a hotel with all sorts of cha-ba-lang people constantly made more chat-ba-lang from white idiotic open-leg policy with only ‘homogeneity’ for the white idiots and gang to enjoy better fruits from hotel collection.

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  • Cleaned - not Clean City?:

    BBC article –

    NEA reported has 56k cleaners in SG.
    By contrast, Taipei has 5k cleaners. . . .
    -
    “Safety net” – courtesy of the AristoCATs. . .

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  • Too Late:

    Rabble-rouser:
    @ more like a hotel:
    Visited Japan more times than I care to count! Not correct about homogeneity of Japan. Scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find lots of non-Japanese working in various jobs & positions. But they look Japanese because they’re Asian indistinguishable from Japanese faces. And they have learnt to speak Japanese. The question is why they willingly adapt to Japanese way of culture & life through assimilation whereas foreigners in S’pore refused?
    PAP “tekkan” locals like dogs giving foreigners the impression that they could do the same (remember Anton Casey?). Why Westerners dare to assault S’pore taxi drivers while they are so well behaved in Japan?
    Truth is that PAP govt never built any National Identity for the people. They create the impression that PAP govt is S’pore & S’pore belongs to the PAP. There is no National Pride in the people & without National Identity, local are isolated & picked upon by tribes of foreigners who think that they owned S’pore! S’pore today is like the last days of the Qing Dynasty!

    I can’t agree with you more!

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  • 'officially' sanctioned:

    //PAP “tekkan” locals like dogs giving foreigners the impression that they could do the same (remember Anton Casey?). Why Westerners dare to assault S’pore taxi drivers while they are so well behaved in Japan?
    Truth is that PAP govt never built any National Identity for the people. They create the impression that PAP govt is S’pore & S’pore belongs to the PAP. There is no National Pride in the people & without National Identity, local are isolated & picked upon by tribes of foreigners who think that they owned S’pore! S’pore today is like the last days of the Qing Dynasty!//

    true. well white idiots like to downplay the importance of daft sinkies (except the white idiots and gang themselves) and uplift the status of foreigners (by slapping the FT label on them with all sorts of glaring white propaganda) in order to die die ‘protect’ their white idiotic policies (e.g 6.9m or 10m to dilute ? the vote share of ‘older’ daft sinkies). This blatant outright propaganda may give idea / cue to these so-called FTs that daft sinkies are ‘easy for picking’ (well, it has been ‘officially’ sanctioned by the white idiots right ?).

    whereas the Japs or any other country will not so blatantly keep on promoting the ‘status’ of outsiders unlike the white monkey idiots.

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