Social activist Gilbert Goh organises protest against CEAC on 3 Nov

Reflecting on Ramesh Erramalli’s rant against a condominium security guard, social activist Gilbert Goh has organised a protest against the Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (CEAC) – which permits Indian workers in 127 industries access to Singapore’s labour market – at Hong Lim Park this Sunday (3 Nov) at 4pm.

Earlier, PV Secretary-General and Cambridge-educated lawyer Lim Tean has criticised this clause in the CECA allowing the free movement of labour, saying that another regional FTA – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – has stalled over other country’s refusal to allow Indian workers access to their labour markets.

In organising the protest, Goh said that it was not right that Singaporeans are “struggl[ing] on the side with low-end jobs such as driving Grab or becom[ing] a security officer” while foreigners with “dubious degree(s)” are able to earn generous salaries in lucrative sectors such as finance and IT.

Lamenting that “our authorities [appear] resigned to an open-door policy when it comes to lucrative sectors”, Goh said that public perception has deteriorated to the point where it seems that “employment prospects are seemingly open only to foreign talents”.

He also noted that jobs in these industries typically pay very well, and as a result would likely cause income inequality thereby resulting in “alot of unhappiness and social unrest” amongst Singaporeans.

He asked, “Do we have to stoop so low as to scrap the economic crumbs in our own prosperous country? Are those well-paying jobs only open to foreigners and not to Singaporeans due to many inherent reasons which the government do not seem to have any clue to resolve?”

Goh said that he was also looking for speakers for his event, in particular Singaporeans who have been bullied at their workplaces by foreigners. Interested speakers may email him at [email protected]

 

 

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31 Responses to “Social activist Gilbert Goh organises protest against CEAC on 3 Nov”

  • White Uniform Syndrome:

    I’ll be there to support as usual. Those who care for our country, for our future, make sure you’ll be there too especially opposition parties. Support and unite, singaporeans!

    The last protest at Hong Lim Park with a large crowd was the one about Population White Paper. Make this attendance better than that one. Help to spread the words and jio as many people as we can. Stop being a 懦夫 or weakling who always suffer in silence.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    A compelling reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • PAP signed CECA:

    If foreigners are stealing your lunch, who do you think is helping them? Who is letting them into the country? If you can’t protect your jobs, what makes you think you can protect the country? Local-born citizens, students, graduates, NS/NSR should protest CECA. A low turn-out would signal to the gov that it is alright to let more foreigners into the country.

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  • Broken Promises banyak:

    The garment will bow if threatened they will lose.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I will be there to support this protest.

    I don’t want to see the day when Singaporeans need to kneel and bow to foreigners for mercy, like during the Japanese Occupation experienced by my parents.

    CECA is killing Singaporeans. I don’t want my children and grandchildren to suffer.

    I hope you don’t like to see that too!!

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  • PAP Ministers All Indecisive:

    Due to many injuries and death, France has decided to ban E Scooters from the footpath. They cannot even park at the footpath. They also cannot use the highway but only on the roads. To date Singapore Ministers still cannot decide what to do.

    Now with CECA which allows Indian Company to have Intra Corporate transfers, all they have to do is recruit new Indian workers back at their Indian Office under their company name and then transfer them to the Singapore office. These people can even bring their dependents over and work in Singapore. This is a loophole which allows them to bring their own kind and thus avoid recruiting local Singaporeans. Our own Ministers all got tricked AND UP TO NOW CANNOT TAKE ANY ACTIONS.

    No wonder there is now a total of 800,000 Indians working in Singapore solving Modi’s unemployment problems in India.

    China is indeed very smart. They refuse to allow the Indians to bring in their workers to China as they have their own people to take care of. As a result, the RCEP Agreement cannot be signed up to now.

    Do You want to still vote for these kind of stupid Ministers in the coming election ?

    Don’t kill your own future generations.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Gilbert – the core of the ‘open a**’ policy is simple – we allow their shit to be thrown here and they allow TH-owned companies such as DBS and Jurong to go there and get ‘preferential’ treatment into their market to make profits for the $G white clowns.

    Ask them where the benefits are for $G citizens either way.

    It is just not CECA but the FT policies we need to abolish.
    This means abolishing the root cause of all our problems – The Cancer Clown’s Circus.

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  • If you are not happy and:

    If you are not happy and you know it, raise your hand!
    If you are not happy and you know it, shout knn!
    If you are not happy and you know it, go Hong Lim Park!

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  • Sinkie:

    How many India nationals are there now working in Singapore (we seems to see them everywhere)? Where to get this statistic? Why are the PAP elites mum on this figure?

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  • MikeB:

    Like a baby, Singaporeans have been crawling for too Long. It’s time to stand up(together) before taking the next step to walk(VTO).

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Morons:

    The JP Morgan fellow succumbed to social pressure and apologised. He realised a $60 grand a month job is at stake.

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  • john:

    if this trend continues, singapore will turn into another Hong Kong
    where the goverment think it is their divine right to rule us

    it is already catching up with hong kong
    property prices beyond the reach of young singaporea
    cars are unaffordable
    life seems to be getting harder by the day
    middle age professional resort to driving taxi, grab to supplement meagre
    income

    is the what pap let us into
    flood gates open to indians, and other foreigners to jammed our buses
    roads, hospitals, schools, trains
    we are being squeezed out in our homeland by these vultures

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  • Thank you, Gilbert:

    Let us continue to plow.

    As long as we are united, pap shall fall and pap clown and pap clown wife brought to justice.

    GE14 many said najib sure win. but after GE14, najib and najib wife face true justice, finally.

    so the same with pap clown and pap clown wife.

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  • End PAP:

    Sinkie:
    How many India nationals are there now working in Singapore (we seems to see them everywhere)? Where to get this statistic? Why are the PAP elites mum on this figure?

    The sunkens are absolute destitute of courage. They resulted in absolute opacity of data. These destitutes live in the dark. No ability to afford the truth.

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  • PAP signed CECA:

    Local-born Singaporeans better wake up to the numbers. It’s 800,000 today; it may be 1,000,000 in 5 years time, which is approx. 1/3 of the local native population; and it will not stop there. CECA will be the “Trojan Horse” that will bring in more of them into the country if the loop-holes are not fixed.

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  • 4th Stanza and Repeat:

    If you are not happy and:
    If you are not happy and you know it, raise your hand!
    If you are not happy and you know it, shout knn!
    If you are not happy and you know it, go Hong Lim Park!

    You missed out a 4th stanza:
    If you are not happy and you know it, vote them out (2x)
    Repeat:
    If you are not happy and you know it
    Then your votes must surely show it
    If you are not happy and you know it …

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  • Absolute Poverty of Courage:

    john:
    if this trend continues, singapore will turn into another Hong Kong
    where the goverment think it is their divine right to rule us

    it is already catching up with hong kong
    property prices beyond the reach of young singaporea
    cars are unaffordabl…

    You are wrong because there is a difference between HK and SG DNA.
    Sg people live in Absolute Poverty of Courage. HK are HongKee Tong men!

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  • ex-pats gangsters:

    we are special cos we are expats even if we look down on you singaporeans.
    we make use of our singaporean running dogs to screw you till you dont know.

    we are much more gung-ho than gangsters.
    now,you live like slaves.
    even your ah kongs and ah mahs got to wash our toilets and collect our litter we place on the road.

    keep singapore clean…go collect cardboard n other litter we leave at your door-steps and the road-sides…till your grannies and grans-pas drop dead.

    stupid singaporeans,fight with your own people.
    bully your own weak sgs.
    hahaha…

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  • true dat:

    4th Stanza and Repeat: You missed out a 4th stanza:
    If you are not happy and you know it, vote them out (2x)
    Repeat:
    If you are not happy and you know it
    Then your votes must surely show it
    If you are not happy and you know it …

    u both very talented:)

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  • Defending Ramesh:

    Gilbert is nothing but troublemaker.

    Singaporeans PMETs are unable to compete is because Singaporeans
    had:
    1. zero EQ – blindly follow law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdRqHFQ-0A
    2. zero critical thinking –
    - from cradle to grave Singaporeans cheat to succeed with ten years series template.
    - Singaporeans is frog in well who only think NUS and NTU is the best.

    Above 2 points is good enough not to hire Singaporeans.
    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    Majullah PAP, PAP Huat, Huat, Huat ah

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  • CECA is cancer:

    In recent years SG gov has relented to more (unreasonable) demands from India gov. Instead of tightening, sg gov actually open more jobs and sectors to India including recruiting India cadet pilots, recognising India nursing certicates (do western countries recognise it). Its obvious India gov is pressuring Singapore probably using the sg gov investments in india to threaten sg.

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  • Rameshed Sinkie:

    Due to CECA, a new specie was created–the Rameshed Sinkie.
    Maggots-in-White loves the so-called FTs.
    It became a political hot potato; so Dishonourable Son now call them new people.
    You want to know how many CECAs are there; we cannot even find out Jinx’s salary even when asked in Parly

    Sinkie:
    How many India nationals are there now working in Singapore (we seems to see them everywhere)? Where to get this statistic? Why are the PAP elites mum on this figure?

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  • Diu Niah Seng:

    CECA = Citizen’s Employments Channelled to Ah-Neh…

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  • Michael:

    Give the opposition a chance to represent Singaporean .give tan Cheng book a chance .do not give pap chance because they are the cause of this .this modi is a corrupt politicians.

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  • Eroded governance:

    If it were his father, there would not be such a nonsense as CECA sound like KaChua

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  • Dr. Chan:

    I have a close friend (true blue Singaporean) who graduated from an Ivy League University (University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Business School). He applied for a position at MAS but was rejected. But was offered the Vice President job at HSBC, New York.
    100% evidence. PAP government does not want ‘own’ talent. Rather take Foreign Trash with fake degrees who can bash ‘own’ people. How ‘screwed up’ is that?

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  • GCT:

    Where are you? CECA is your baby which turns into bad boy. There are many condemning of CECA. If CECA is good, why you never come out to defend?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I attended this protest, there were at least 1000 people there. I learnt several hidden facts of CECA from the speakers.

    One of which, Indian govt has no say and control over India’s private enterprises, so CECA cannot apply to these enterprises. Unlike PAP’s govt is in every businesses in SG. That’s the reason, Singaporeans cannot work in India but Indian can start businesses in SG and employed their own kind together with families. Singapore is a sucker in CECA. So who is smarter?

    I also observed there were younger participants in this events. Previously, mainly older people participated, except people like Roy and Hui HH.

    In Hong Kong, protesters are mainly youths/Uni students. They know it is their future that they are fighting for.

    Singapore youths should understand not to depend on their parents or grandparents to fight for them. It is not their fight. Their parents and grandparents have had enjoyed what the previous government provided for them.

    It is their future our youths must fight for. Current PAP government has sold Singapore. Their jobs were taken away and given to foreigners. University places taken and given to foreigners, Singaporeans were told not to have a degree. Highly educated Singaporeans are to work under foreigners with fake degrees from fake universities.

    For those younger voters, this country depends on you, take it back for yourselves and your children. Don’t run away leaving your parents behind. Your parents and grandparents helped to build this country for you. This current PAP govt has sold this country, take it back. Vote wisely, we DO NOT need the PAP.

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  • how greedy of modhi:

    https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2019/11/04/rcep-deal-delayed-india-wants-ceca-like-freer-movement-of-labor-with-member-countries/

    the other member countries were very cautious n postponed the final decision bcuz of india.
    unlike our greedy gov, saturating our tiny country with modhi’s ‘failures’ as india’s PM.

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  • Hawking Eye:

    CEAC agreement has to run its course before anything can be done about it. I reckon Singapore lacks sufficient number of local talent in certain sectors, hence the calibrated recruitment of foreigners. In numerous cases foreign investors setting up companies/industries here make it a condition for them to bring in a specific number of their home staff here. What do you do then? Oblige and have the company here at least to provide many jobs for the locals.

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  • Heartless.:

    Hawking Eye:
    CEAC agreement has to run its course before anything can be done about it. I reckon Singapore lacks sufficient number of local talent in certain sectors, hence the calibrated recruitment of foreigners. In numerous cases foreign investors setting up companies/industries here make it a condition for them to bring in a specific number of their home staff here. What do you do then? Oblige and have the company here at least to provide many jobs for the locals.

    If we lack the talent then can’t the govt foresee and train the talent up years ahead instead of finding an easier way out at the expense of our fellow countrymen. How do other countries counteract this problem? I am very sure they will not compromise the livelihood of their own citizen. Remember they are elected by the very own people that put them there to work for them and not against them. Are we the only country that have this arrangement and why most countries refuse to sign cos of this? Are they that Complacent or act Stupid?

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