Teo’s Update on Discrimination Against S’porean Workers: A Sincere Plan or Desperate Damage Control?

The SDP sent on Friday our official application to Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo to cancel the Correction Directions she issued for three of our posts on the issue of the PAP’s foreign worker policy.

We also called on her to apologise for wrongly labelling our posts as false. We laid out our case in detail in our application.

At the heart of the MOM’s case is that there has been no rising trend of retrenchment or unemployment in Singapore.

This is hardly a credible statement. (In its graphs, the MOM presented data only from 2015-2018 to demonstrate its claim. The problem started way before 2015.)

Singaporeans who have been through years of the PAP’s disastrous importation of foreign workers, especially PMETs, know the seriousness of the problem.

They know of relatives and friends who have been displaced by foreigners. Many have even personally experienced the pain of losing out unfairly to foreign workers who are not more qualified but simply willing to work for lower pay.

No POFMA action by the MOM can deny the existence of the problem.By using POFMA against the SDP, it is clear that the MOM is trying to deflect the people’s anger and, more importantly, stifle debate about its policy.

But the PAP cannot escape the truth. The people know it, we feel it, we are going through it every day. The growing problem of retrenchment and job uncertainty facing Singaporeans especially among Singaporean PMETs is a very real and pressing one. Denying that the problem exists only delays finding a solution.

Even Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, when he was DPM, pointed out: “Our increasing dependence on foreign workers is not sustainable.”

More recently, Prof Tommy Koh warned: “We should not abandon the displaced workers because we don’t want more and more Singaporeans to become Grab drivers or worse, to join the ranks of the angry voters.”

The SDP has been campaigning hard on this issue and we have stated repeatedly that we will make it a key platform for our election campaign.

Feeling the heat, Ms Teo announced three days ago that her Ministry would now “introduce stronger deterrence for discrimination against Singaporeans when hiring.”

This sounds more like desperate damage control just before the elections than a well-considered plan like what the SDP has drawn up in our population policy Building A People: Sound Policies For A Secure Future (read it here).

The MOM has taken so-called measures and made numerous assurances in the past about protecting the welfare of Singaporean workers. Minister Teo’s 2020 announcement is just the latest one. Through all these, however, the problem persists with foreign PMETs continuing to pour in and Singaporeans continuing to be displaced in our own country.

But unless the SDP gets into the next Parliament to provide an effective check, the PAP will not stop importing still more foreigners.


Singapore Democrats




21 Responses to “Teo’s Update on Discrimination Against S’porean Workers: A Sincere Plan or Desperate Damage Control?”

  • RDB:

    Loud and clear, the forever Peeing And Pooing party must be voted out! No two ways about this aim and actions!

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  • Sio Gan:

    Every word certain characters say is always non-negative and singpraise of itself.

    This type of character I won’t trust.

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  • Asd:

    Discrimated in own country… still dare say so loud… very proud hor…

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    Even last time where there were less foreigners, employers can just suka suka sack people. The MOM will tell you to sue your company. And charge you $1 for that.

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  • Vote in Dr Chee:

    PAP has lost it’s mind and killing it’s own people, by replacing them with CECA FTs.

    Singaporeans have just begun to wake up to PAP’s nonsense and now regretting and repenting why they did not elect Dr Chee into Parliament much earlier.

    The blame also goes to Bukit Buttock residents who fell for character assignation of Dr Chee. PAP could not have won the BB bi-election if they had not practised gutter politics. BB residents are now suffering with a part time MP, who admitted responsibility for the death of a resident who died in a fire.

    Singaporeans, PLEASE vote in SDP to win at least one GRC in the coming election.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Well Done – $ingapore Democrats! My respects.
    You have balls and speak the Truth.

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpypolitics and PAPpynomics are persistently telling lies and POFMA is demanding critics carry the burden of proof otherwise.

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  • Change We Must:

    I believe SDP.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    PAP is a pro-alien party. It must be destroyed. It is that simple. VTO.

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  • TruBlu:

    Uniquely $ingapore,i guess.
    the LIARS are issuing POFMA against those who are trying to tell the truth

    what kind of law is that?

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  • MOM Will Bring PAP Downfall:

    Joe Teo, carry on your POFMA action and irresponsible attitude and we will not what to do at the coming GE.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    PAP is part of the problem. The other part is the corporate culture of Singapore. The penchant to bring the Army way outside the Army has detrimental effects to a private-sector company. Sure, the method works to an extent, but once the line is crossed – and often is – it becomes a liability. Also, the HR departments for many companies are in dire need of an overhaul for reasons that are obvious.

    Last but not least, and related to the first point, our very liberal and damnable policies.

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  • Good job SDP:

    Vote SDP..we can see their calibre from this.
    We cant lose.
    To the others, This is how its done…

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  • Vote for SDP:

    It’s time to elect Dr Chee and Dr Paul T into Parliament to stop PAP’s policy of artificially increasing new Citizens from the Rapist country via CECA.

    PAP’s shortcut to win votes and stay in power, has damaged our Singapore identity as more village people being imported into our country.

    PAP is also switching tactics by taking in more Europeans and Australians to “balance” the mix, to show a more cosmopolitan place. Every foreigner who becomes a citizen will vote for PAP. That goes without saying.

    I’m sure PAP has been able to get thousands of new citizens, to replace voters who have crossed into Opposition camps last 10 years or so.

    Our country’s endless rape by PAP millionaires must stop in the next election.

    Singaporeans, please stand up for Singapore and vote for Opposition to save our beloved country.

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  • Main issue:

    We need to create more good-paying jobs for our local.
    More effort need to be done to train them for such jobs of the future.
    Employers should be given incentives to employ and train more locals and not take an easy way out to bring in more FT at lower pay.

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  • ANother nonsense from PAP:

    There are many filipinos working at ABC discount shop and Value$ shop. Nearly all of store managers are filipinos! I do not understand why you need alot of foreigners to work here and alot of show their status and color to the locals.
    I think local shop stop patronising these shops that emplyoy many foreigners. Malaysians too at BreadTalk and many Chinese at eateries and they say they dun speak English and demand that you speak their language.
    It’s sickening to see all these people around here.

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  • Fire by the people votes:

    Lame duck action will only erode the political capital and shows the ppl who took care of our street and worse than the long kang they represent . Taxpayer public should take the power back and throw a curve ball to her and watch her announced her own loss in seeking a seat in parliament.

    Remember than s*ake charmer Kaniwaran his $1,000 can buy HDB flat . For as long as he take a seat . Singaporean will be fooled by this s*ake charmer . How to correct the situation ? In English they did it to Jeremy Corbin … soon Nancy pelosi turn … those parliamentarian who resort to political shenanigans should face their own demise via the vote of the people … these parliamentarian are supposed to serve your interest not their master interest . So u know exactly how to achieve yur sweet reply to her .. say BYEBYE or CB using yur vote .

    Say same to Kaniwaran ..

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  • Many retrenched Dec 19:

    Betrayal of the people .. I hear so many losing their jobs (retrenched) in Dec 2019. This Long leggedwoman is singing songs of merry and chivalry … your cranial is misplaced by yur sheepishness to serve a sinking dynastic ruler whose political capital is a Diminishing light which will go out in time . She is Swallowing taxpayers funding and betraying the the people’s will . Do you see in her legs as visionary leaders who will take this forsaken country out of our outdated economic policy and rally a turn OR do u see a long legged parliamentarian trying to impress and wasting taxpayers precious funding .. for her arrogance show her the way out of parliament will be yur sweetest victory . with that same tenacity we return her a favour .. the wrath of the people voice will never forget yur betrayal .

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are part of a regime that does not care for Singaporean workers and imports foreign labour, vote for opposition and VOTE THEM OUT !

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  • ShamYewCum:

    Did a old lady created a CEO job for her husband?

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  • Sham Singaporean/PR Workers:

    I think MOM should also checked on widespread use of sham Singaporean/PR workers by employers to take advantage of the Workfare Supplements and to employ even more foreign workers.

    By using sham Singaporean/PR workers, these employers (and sham workers) are cheating. MOM should put a stop to such practices. If it is a loop hole, then MOM should find a way to plug it. Stop wasting our tax payer monies to allow employers to employ even more foreigners and distort the employment statistics.

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