Is manpower Minister Josephine Teo unable to plug a simple loophole in our local employment market?

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Straits Times published an article on 24th Mar 2019 entitled “Little baggage and big dreams: Foreigners who come to Singapore to work using social visit passes”. Singapore is a known haven for foreigners who are seeking jobs legally and illegally.

No wonder because this report clearly shows that foreigners coming into Singapore on Social Visit Pass can easily find employment, though illegally.

The general manager of Transient Workers Count Too (which helps foreign workers here) said: “If you have a cheap and illegal means of getting these workers, why would you spend more to hire proper, licensed workers?” Some of these illegal foreign workers have been doing this for a period of time and not caught.

I also know of foreigners from neighboring countries who came into Singapore as tourists, were able to go directly to companies to apply for jobs. Once successful, the companies will then submit their applications to MOM for approval to legalize the employment process.

No countries in the world allow a foreigner on tourist visit permit to go around looking for jobs. Try doing this in US, UK, Australia and even Indonesia or Thailand. For these well regulated countries, a foreigner must have his employment permit on hand before entering the country to work.

The MOM is fully aware of the modus operandi of these foreigners coming into Singapore to take up employment illegally and denying our local workers of their rightful employment. Why is MOM so ineffective in closing this well-known loophole?

No wonder, “the number of S Pass and Work Permit holders in the service sector has risen by 3% a year, or 34,000 in the past three years.”

In the Budget 2019, the government announced that the Dependency Ratio Ceiling – the proportion of foreigners on work permits of S Passes a firm can employ, will be reduced from 40% to 38% on 1 Jan 2020 and to 35% on 1 Jan 2021. To me, it looks like an “eye-wash”.

In the service sector, we know very well that the service providers are in need of manpower for their daily business. This is not the area of real concern. The critical sectors where our PMETs have lost their jobs to foreigners, all the white-collar jobs in managerial and operation positions, is the main concern.

Just visit any private hospital reception and you will notice that the front-line staff are foreigners. The critical sectors also include local and foreign banks. I cannot believe that our young Singaporeans with ITE or Polytechnic qualifications would shun those clean jobs in a modern and air-con environment.

It’s easy to plug the loop-hole because it is our local employment market. Or is the Manpower Minister, Ms Josephine Teo unable to do it?

 

Kok Meng Cheang

 

 

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16 Responses to “Is manpower Minister Josephine Teo unable to plug a simple loophole in our local employment market?”

  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    Not that she unable to plug the loop-hole. The main thing is no money from Singaporeans working here. More foreign workers meant more levies, more revenues. This is the “Art of stealing lunches under your noses”. Should learn from them.

    Kok Meng Cheang:
    I cannot believe that our young Singaporeans with ITE or Polytechnic qualifications would shun those clean jobs in a modern and air-con environment.

    It’s easy to plug the loop-hole because it is our local employment market. Or is the Manpower Minister, Ms Josephine Teo unable to do it?

    Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for the above, as apparently one of my dogs have learned how to type.

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  • MarBowling:

    Don’t KarJiao Joker Teo….she is busy looking out for tight and tiny space for rendezvous.

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  • LIONS:

    Jo Teo is MILK MAID XO.
    All she is good at is meh-ing *MILK IS milk*???
    What else she knows?
    Oh yes,and oso lick balls.

    Sorry to sound crude but for her,this words are still mild.

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  • quota ratio on hiring:

    how to plug ? there are so many FTs (some even converted to citizens good for quota ratio on hiring further FTs somemore and ad infinitum) here already occupying all sectors from low wage to high wage and these FTs are actively helping to bring even more (of their own kakis) here due to the open-leg policy by the white idiots ???

    the white idiots are happily talking about competition for daft sinkies while they are protecting their own white idiotic turf by fixing competition if it is against themselves leh (ownself-check-ownself extracting / rent-seeking competitive value from people who are not their own kakis) ???

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  • sampai tua:

    one thing after another…no end to the unfairness and betrayal this gov inflicts on its citizens.

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  • Foreigners are Foreigners:

    It isn’t a loophole. It’s the cheapest, fastest and easiest way for them to achieve their target of a 10M population.

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  • Opposition dude:

    The one who said you do not need a large place to or ee or just wants to continue the wayang.

    PAP will say these tourist pass buggers are a small number without giving the number.

    Same pattern for thise on social visit passes who moonlight in Geylang.

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  • John Richards:

    I think Jos Teo only works in small spaces!

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  • True facts:

    The moment they bring in fts local qualifications become toilet papers.

    What more can be done ????

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Josephine is unable increase the TFR with her sex in small space suggestion, so import foreigners is much easy.

    Improving TFR means we need to wait for the babies to grow up. They require childcare, schooling and other facilities. We need to wait for about 20 years before they start working and contribute to CPF. Most importantly babies don’t vote.

    Imported foreigners are mainly adults, they pay tax and purchase HDB flats. When they turned citizens, they vote PAP. When they become old, that not her problem, she just kick the can down the road.

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  • Sinkie:

    But unable, but unwilling – because she feels no pressure, knowing 69.9% daft ones will still continue to vote for PAP !

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  • HarderTruths:

    The key word used here is ‘unable’. There is no need to plug to hole. It is there for a reason.

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  • You Die Your Own Business:

    There are plenty of foreign sites everywhere that provide “career advice” on how to game the pAP system, a piece of cake actually.
    Those lemmings and chobolans in the public administration can easily find them out in the comfort of their $575-a-piece Herman Miller chairs or $3000 Crompton bicycle bought in truly 2012.

    The problems raised in this article are already very well known and widespread, way before 2011 and 2015 elections.

    But dafts voted for a dead spirit and an MP that suddenly appeared and now disappeared against Dr Chee.
    This is the quality of our electorates. The educated truly Dafts.
    Dafts like to talk intelligently, a perpetual parroting chamber, but empty in the head.
    Despite all the very visible problems, they continue to vote for a PAP government to screw themselves.
    They asked for it, the pain and hardships.
    They deserve what they voted.
    Only more pain will deliver the lesson needed.

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  • Talkischeap:

    Mr Kok, what’s your solution?

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  • eunuchs in the public sector:

    //Those lemmings and chobolans in the public administration can easily find them out in the comfort of their $575-a-piece Herman Miller chairs or $3000 Crompton bicycle bought in truly 2012.//

    perhaps there are already too many eunuchs in the public sector who are already converted sinkies and these true-blue sinkies ones are overwhelmed by them already – that’s real security problem (plus social and job security problems). true-blue ones are usually the tiam-tiam passive ones who will be outshone by the more vocal & eloquent FTs-converted-sinkies ones ?????

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  • 70% sheep folly:

    remember the pap toothpick thief zorro and his cheap cheaper cheaperer mantra.

    and the lky mantra, what’s wrong with making more money?

    so pap priced land costs into public goods and one thing leading to another, with wages stagnant and everything else going up, something must give.

    what gives?

    no more jobs for local born 70% sheep while floodgate opens for the cheap cheaper cheaperer alien FT PR.

    is it a problem for pap?

    ffff No. first, based on GDP growth bonus formula, as long as GDP is good, the bonus is good. whether the GDP growth is from local born or from the cheap cheaper cheaperer alien FT PR ain’t going to matter. who suffers? 70% local born sheep.

    does pap worry?

    ffff No. since local born 70% sheep is outnumbered by cheap cheaper cheaperer aliens FTs PRs, their number does not worry pap at all. so in the final analysis pap is so bold to move forward with 6.9m and then 10.0m plan is because pap knows it is going to be in parleement forever as long as there is 70% sheep.

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