Back to the future – PMETs to become construction workers?

Singapore has come a long way from Third World to First World, from working under the hot sun in the construction and labour intensive industry, in backbreaking jobs, to white collar jobs in aircon offices. We have progressed from a Third World sweat shop to a fine First World city with our people living a better life.

The new message, many have been talking about it and dreading it, is from First World to Third World. The latest, according to Zaqy Mohammad, Minister of State for National Development and Manpower, …’The proportion of locals taking up jobs for PMETs in the (construction)sector has fallen over the past decade’ ie not good. Thenewpaper reported. ‘Local white collar workers appear to be shying away from the construction sector, but new polices are in the offing to lure them back.’

Is the govt trying to sell the new magic formula that working under the hot sun as construction workers is the new good thing for Singaporean PMETs? And it is ok for the foreigners to come in and replace the PMETs in the aircon offices? Our First world PMETs, many with tertiary educations from world best universities, now being replaced by Third World funny degree graduates with funny backgrounds and many with fake and suspicious degrees from funny universities.

This is the new future awaiting our PMETs that are no longer needed in our aircon offices. Out you go, to work under the hot sun and dusty environment, back to the future, to the days when your papa and mama were construction workers. Is this really a good thing? Have our million dollar ministers lost their scripts and have no answers on how to give good jobs to our PMETs after inviting hundreds of thousands of Third World funny graduates to replace them? Have they lost the plot after being paid by the millions? Is this the best solution for our PMETs while they keep bringing in more fakes and funny Third World graduates?

Thank you very much for working so hard and coming up with such a clever solution to help our PMETs. And the ladies, please learn how to put on the red square cloth hats of our Samsui women.

This is Year 2020 and more better options will be coming for our PMETs, from First World to Third World. When would all Singaporeans be asked to vacate Raffles Place and MBFC to make way for wildlife?

 

Chua Chin Leng

*The author blogs at http://mysingaporenew.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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43 Responses to “Back to the future – PMETs to become construction workers?”

  • A Nation Of Dumb Parrots:

    When the pay is good enough, people will go for the job.
    When the pay could not cover your daily expenses, no one will go for those jobs.
    You slogged out and expended you health yet could barely cover your daily expenses and health care cost, then few will go after those jobs.
    This is just plain human instinct for survival.

    Rather than setting the pay at dirt cheap rate and ask citizens to take it or leave it, blaming on the people on everything other than addressing the real issue, a sensible government will look towards setting a fair pay so that workers are not exploited and could make a fair living.

    Our policies are now devised to exploit workers from third world with much lower cost of living and use that to compete with locals with a real living cost stacked up against them.

    How much further do we need to explain to dafts amongst us that couldn’t figure out simple common sense and cheek to ask for “proofs and examples”?
    The only reason that they could do that asking such questions is obviously they are not living out the pain that are encountered by our disadvantaged citizens.

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  • never mind:

    if can as construction worker at least not as bad as not even as construction worker.

    with so many aliens in island, ffff, even that construction worker position is hard to secure.

    our parents were construction workers. they made S$3 per day in the late 1960s and early 1970s. by 1980s, it was S$50per day before they retired.

    30 years later, sheep who voted pap into power still not even at S$50 per day like our parents who are now in their 80s.

    go figure.

    has Singapore progressed since 1980s?

    yah. for pap folks sure there is progress, Ngiam tong tao made S$3k pm as perm sec. today same position is S$m.

    but the sheep who voted pap into power?

    ffff. they are not even S$800 pm today. and yet they continue to vote pap into power. WTF.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:

    Dear Chua,
    What’s wrong to work under the sun ?

    The Japanese also work under the sun but still they dress up professionally unlike our old uncle and old auntie.

    This is the problem with old and uneducated (in English fools) around.

    The old and uneducated (in English fools) always teach their young that working in air-con office got high pay and high class.

    Like my old master LKY say, this is bunch of gullible fool aka grasshoppers.
    Really Singaporeans mentality is amazing, just like the lazy and unmotivated grasshoppers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwcldiALac

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020

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  • RDB:

    PEEING AND POOING are paying self sky high to look importantly “impotent”. So, they then speak like they are the only ones who “Qualified” to be paid ridiculously higher than anyone else lor.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:

    Dear Chua,
    For your info, please read up this past article and see for yourselves how bad is Singaporeans attitude.

    http://www.tremeritus.net/2019/12/09/locals-get-fired-while-rameshes-get-good-jobs/

    Singaporeans are not lazy and unmotivated ?

    Are you sure ?

    Have you walk the ground and find out the reality ?

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat ah …
    Let lazy and unmotivated grasshoppers (Singaporeans) starved to death
    9% GST coming Singaporeans will vote for it.
    PAP Ong ah, Heng ah, Huat ah.

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  • UniQ:

    Literally no foresight to the ruling regime.

    How on earth depressing wages and increase cost of living could equate to Citizen’s decent livelihood ?

    To make things worst, the cost of living has increased exponentially from basic necessities like water, electricity, food, housing, transportation, education, taxes, deduction of all sorts of clueless gimmicks and touchable funds from one’s basic salaries (CPF/SDL/Religious Contribution). One can say they are tiny amount, but when these starts to stack faster than basic salaries increment, the people will suffer.

    Basically, history has shown how people’s cost of living increase in many mighty dynasties / empires / countries has toppled. One do not need a rocket scientist to understand fundamental truth about human history.

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  • PCK:

    Looks like our Govt is actually encouraging more PMET Singaporeans to move into Construction Industry.

    Maybe, this is part of negotiation with Indian Leaders to enhance CECA so that more Singaporeans can be freed up from Banking/IT industry, for new waves of PMETs to arrive to make the 10 million population. CECA graduates want to leave their villages live in modern Singapore, loved and treated well by our Govt.

    Sounds weird ? Anything is possible with this Govt as they want to screw Singaporeans to stay in power. The 70% sheep population needs to be increased artificially via CECA as mores sheep Singaporeans have started to cross the fence into Opposition camp, after seeing our 4G leaders in action. Thanks to clowns like CCS, Jos Teo…etc

    Very soon Govt will announce more incentives and grants for people to move into Construction Industry, as greedy Singaporeans will fall for free money.

    Bodoh Singaporeans….

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  • mike:

    Local construction of any kind should only consists of local qualified workers.

    1. Minimum qualification Nitec. ITE Cert.
    2. Minimum pay $20 per hour.
    3. Various specialised local ITE cert is allowed. Such as hacking, cementing, tiling etc. And only qualified training & cert. can be allowed to perform the job.
    4. Fine for uncomplying companicompanies and individual : company, $500 per hour engage. Individual $200 per hour engaged

    Construction industries, such as ship building, home building, road works etc should undergo 100% revamping. The long we drags, the longer we cannot solve the problem.

    Those of you scared high property price as a result of this may disagree! So funny one.

    Btw, don’t forget to do audit to catch uncomplying companies and sub-cons

    P/S: it is BS to say construction cost will go up because of this. Want to argue with me? Wait anyone to challenge me

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  • more and more such happenings:

    //The proportion of locals taking up jobs for PMETs in the (construction)sector has fallen over the past decade’//

    with 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy thanks to the white monkey idiots, more and more such happenings will occur to the daft sinkies lar and slowly true-blue sinkies will lose the competence, but white idiots clever by naturalizing FTs to sinkies, the so-called official title and no. (artificially boosted up by open-leg policy) of sinkies will be maintained lar ? see how clever the white monkey idiots and gang are in twisting and creating daft sinkie environment ranking the standing of 151th position ?????

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Problem is that Singapore is a status conscious society. People sneer and laugh if someone says he/she works in certain industries. They also sneer and laugh if someone earns little. Basically there are lots of rude nosy farks in Spore who demand to know how others are living and earning. People have to live life to these people’s approval?

    I once heard a cleaning lady ask a diner at a hawker center. if he is working. I remarked loudly to my friend that other people do not owe her any explanation. These people are DAFTS. Others must meet their approval. Who the fiack they think they are?

    There were also two lau auntie that talked about how others aern’t working in outraged tones. So I said loudly that some people aren’t fit to momment, since they are unemployed themselves.

    People in glass houses should not throw stones.

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  • Dou Ying - Lau Wu Ying:

    In Australia, I saw Australians working as construction workers, grocers, waiters, repair men, plumbers etc. There’s no stgma unlike in Spore. Why do Spore need to be so status conscious and snobbish?

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  • Justification of Gigantor levy:

    To date, every Singapore construction company proprietor must pay $1050/month in levy taxes to our Ministry of Manpower to hire an unskilled Bangla or Indian who works for as little as $500/month. Our employers are being “penalised” for not hiring Singaporeans in these labour-intensive industries instead. No doubt MOM is filthy-rich from their twisted get-rich quick schemes.

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  • Bapak:

    Singaporeans from first world to third world. FTs from third world to first world in SG. Thanks to PAP.

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  • Bapak:

    PAP said Singaporeans don’t be angry with FTs okay. Be angry with yourselves for voting PAP.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Unskilled foreign workers are cheaper (no CPF) than local PMETs. Consequently, the latter is not likely to replace foreign construction workers.

    Singaporean PMETs should throw out the pro-alien PAP to have a better future. VTO.

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  • Sinkie:

    This future scenario is possible – male Singaporean PMETs to become construction workers, female Singaporean PMETs to become domestic maids.

    Thot LKY said we must vote for good calibre ministers to avoid the scenario ?

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  • mike:

    So funny one…

    First, it was said that Singaporean don’t want to do the job…
    >> Low pay, low safety, long hours, cannot reject OT

    Then after sometime, said Singaporean don’t have the skill needed by the industry
    >> No experience, no skill, no attitude

    When all things failed, said foreign workforce is to complement local workforce
    so that more competitive economy can be built and to provide better jobs and better pay for all stupid, incompetent and lazy blue blues.

    Then ultimately becomes hero to provide “some protection” to these lazy, stupid incompetent suxkers who are going to cast their votes…

    So funny one. We are so naively cute, don’t we agree?

    more and more such happenings:
    with 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy thanks to the white monkey idiots, more and more such happenings will occur to the daft sinkies lar and slowly true-blue sinkies will lose the competence, but white idiots clever by naturalizing FTs to sinkies, the so-called official title and no. (artificially boosted up by open-leg policy) of sinkies will be maintained lar ? see how clever the white monkey idiots and gang are in twisting and creating daft sinkie environment ranking the standing of 151th position ?????

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  • Asian Values ?:

    @ PAP CLOSE DOWN

    @ PAP GUARANTEE WIN

    Chinese have a saying ( theres canto song also by sam hui ).

    見高拜, 見底踩.

    先敬罗衣后敬人.

    人要衣裝, 佛要金裝.

    There are exceptions but minor group facebook Mark just dress in simple t shirt and jeans. Bill gates and steve jobs similiarly.

    Someone told me Li Kah Shing ( hearsay only ) eat very simple – porridge. Not knowing if its because of hidden health issue or the other way around because of this practice he dont have serious illness as other HK tycoons e.g. cancer … for his age.

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  • Lan Chiao Long:

    Every jobless should be given Grab license if they got license or can drive.
    Else toilet cleaner license.

    This way, zero unemployment.

    More good years !

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  • Bad Boy:

    To Mr Chua CL , Mr GMS …

    金灿荣:伊朗内部有句口号“美国佬滚回去,但带上我!”
    http://www.huogua.net/wap/a/30628

    Surprisingly, a different perspective.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Well, this is what happens when citizens think they can vote pappies and not suffer anything. Too bad. That is life.

    Remember there are many more ‘talents’ possibly coming from Africa in future to do construction jobs. Please enjoy their ‘culture’.

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  • scale up even more:

    //Then ultimately becomes hero to provide “some protection” to these lazy, stupid incompetent suxkers who are going to cast their votes…//

    the maths is just not right (at least not right for many daft sinkies) ? if the maths is right, many many countries (with all their own tip top talented experts – some of whom are nobel prize winners) would want to adopt an even more OPEN-LEG POLICY (scale up even more than sinkie land) as they have even bigger land space and natural resources (even more cost advantage) to do the value-addition work without the social consequences ? let’s put it this way, the white idiots are trying to ‘fool’ daft sinkies without any iota of shame ?

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2019/04/05/the-world-economy-is-a-pyramid-scheme-steven-chu-says/#5877fc8c4f17

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  • MakePAPhistoryAfterGE2020:

    And that clueless ccs said “…the gov has our backs”.
    Yeah, more with a knife dug deep in our backs…

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  • TruBlu:

    expect more FTs coming to REPLACE LOLLY-SUCKERS,dont you hope otherwise as it would be daft.

    you reap what you sow.
    you suck lollies,you need to pay for it even though they tell you it is free?

    the choice is yours,young sgs,as oldr countrymn have mostly been screwed.

    dont expect to be spoon-fed.

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  • Mr Chua sibei wrong liao. I think the big plan is for Sinkies to become coolies. lol

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  • Jman:

    The responsibility for this is all laid on PAP, and they only have a part to play at most. They are certainly not entirely responsible for the state of affairs here.

    Even if there are absolutely no foreigners whatsoever, the truth is that the efficiencies in technology and management improvements have shrunk the total manhours needed for all sorts of work. And that means there are simply fewer jobs available in every company, from the top all the way to the bottom. And if this is the case, only the best are going to get and keep those jobs. And this means there is no space for people who are second rate at those jobs. Those who are not up to it very quickly drop off.

    So the way to have more job openings is to have more companies of similar grade and in new industries. And this is a continuous effort. We stop, and things get worse.

    And with pace of change picking up, this economy is only for those who figure things out on their own initiative, and get things right at the first try. This is the sort of conduct that is not common amongst Singaporeans, and this is crystal clear in the way the Govt has to fund and beg people to upgrade via skillsfuture.

    The foreigners are not the cause of the problems. The foreigners exacerbate the existing problems.

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  • Poor Singaporeans:

    We Singaporeans are made to pay “our leaders” millions of dollars in salary and undisclosed bonuses. And this is what we get?

    70%, you better wake up.

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  • Mr Prostate will cheat:

    It seems pretty obvious where sg is heading.

    She can only rely on more of the same. Life will only get tougher and more expensive. Already world most expensive city. This is not a good ranking to have. Do not be stupid.

    It means you get the cheapest China goods at the highest price. For every $1 you spend, you get back the least value.

    This is what it means by expensive.

    Be prepared to die in the most expensive city full of foreigners.

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    For once I find myself agreeing with your comment. Sporeans got image and status to think of when job hunting. Because, their relatives and friends might jeer and laugh if they work in certain jobs.

    Even hwakers and cleaners look down on themselves. They want their children to work in office.

    So all these stupid snobbery and status consciousness led to shunning of jobs.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:
    Dear Chua,
    What’s wrong to work under the sun ?

    The Japanese also work under the sun but still they dress up professionally unlike our old uncle and old auntie.

    This is the problem with old and uneducated (in English fools) around.

    The old and uneducated (in English fools) always teach their young that working in air-con office got high pay and high class.

    Like my old master LKY say, this is bunch of gullible fool aka grasshoppers.
    Really Singaporeans mentality is amazing, just like the lazy and unmotivated grasshoppers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwcldiALac

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    I think a lot of Singaporean women are choosy, lazy and have high expectations. . Always the high pay glamorous jobs where they don’t have to walk a lot. Just lazy cows. And they make fun of people in menial jobs.

    Men went through NS and have to do whatever menial shit ordered

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020: today

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  • oxygen:

    @ Jman

    MATE, YOUR POIGNANT CONCLUSION invalidates your preceding arguments of evidence.

    Jman: The foreigners are not the cause of the problems. The foreigners exacerbate the existing problems.

    KUEH LAPIS (welfare) AH SING POLITICS also talked recently of bringing loads of foreigners – ostensibly to create new economic sector building upon (allegedly) highly-skilled talent foreign infusion upfront.

    My toes are laughing. We had been in this floodgate opening for decades now, where is that missing “baby” in incubation of the next Apple, Microsoft, Alibaba, Netflix, Airbnb etc of Singapore-made brand?

    I HAVEN’T SEEN ANY yet, not even in the incubation lab – with these hundreds of thousands of foreign infusion.

    SO SKILL FUTURE of re-skilling locals IS ANOTHER POFMA HOAX besides CPF, public housing and “subsidised” health care claims???

    The smoke, tales, fiction and reality simply DON’T ADD UP IN EVIDENCES.

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  • Pap is Pro Alien Party:

    We have to take back Spore from the Pro Alien Party. The should not use the People Action Party since they disobey Lee Kuan Yew and only work for themselves and Aliens. Any monument they build will be a reminder of their betrayal of LKY and the people of Spore.

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  • Bad Boy:

    Problems everywhere everybody world wide. China same. Why globaltimes dont focus on these news ?

    当代年轻人的秘密只敢讲给佛听

    http://www.huogua.net/wap/a/30634

    Just finish the video.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Go to Changi Airport and you’ll see CECA Indians by the planeloads COMING IN.

    Their PM Modi fights for the interests of Indian citizens.

    But our PM fights for them.

    Bug Bunny has already implied that foreigners are here to STAY whether you like it or not.

    The only salvation lies in clearing out the whole white mafia.

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  • Dear writer:

    In Blow to Beijing, Taiwan Re-elects Tsai Ing-wen as President

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/world/asia/taiwan-election-china.html

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  • Jman:

    Those of you who lay the blame entirely on the Govt are not going to find anything better by voting any opposition party in place of PAP.

    PAP or Opp, every industry is doing far more with far less manpower. That in itself deflates demand for workers.

    Sure, you can blame PAP for this all you want. Life is not going to get any better, and it is not going to change how corporations are going to keep cutting manpower.

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  • John Lim:

    Politicians are the same world wide. Joe Biden of U.S.A. says coal miners should learn to code and look for jobs in IT industry (when he, Biden, shuts down coal mines)!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Jman

    DENYING AND OPPOSING THE TRUTHS just aggravate the the longevity and extent of grievous damage caused. You have just concluded this

    Jman: The foreigners exacerbate the existing problems.

    3G is sub-par performance. $G is just obedient to continuing failed policies of accelerating decay.

    WE CAN’T AFFORD THESE ANY MORE.

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  • oxygen:

    THE STATUS QUO OF DO NOTHING or inactivism is the worst option of survival choices in conditions of crisis management.

    Why?

    Because those trapped in failed circumstances must find crisis overwhelmned them, bury their waiting corpses as they don’t even attempt to find an escape route to flee towards safety.

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  • U know Micron?:

    Micron PMETs is being Indianised recently with India nationals taking over PMET and management roles. Is is expansion or restructing? Someone knows? BTW, the CEO is India.

    Mom should keep close eye on companies headed by India nationals for any unfair employment practice.

    Imagine entire singapore is Indianised (small number really good intake is OK) , what will happen to her productivity, quality and economy as a whole?

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  • mike:

    @ Jman, what is the point behind your message?

    So funny one

    Jman:
    Those of you who lay the blame entirely on the Govt are not going to find anything better by voting any opposition party in place of PAP.

    PAP or Opp, every industry is doing far more with far less manpower. That in itself deflates demand for workers.

    Sure, you can blame PAP for this all you want. Life is not going to get any better, and it is not going to change how corporations are going to keep cutting manpower.

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  • treatment should be reciprocal:

    //Those of you who lay the blame entirely on the Govt are not going to find anything better by voting any opposition party in place of PAP.//

    but if don’t VTO the white idiots, than their own inertia will not be any better ? no one can guarantee oppo can do any better ? but the result of keeping the white monkey idiots (for more than 50+ years) is also to ‘ensure’ that it is NOT going to be better right (especially with 6.9m or 10m open leg policy going by the need of manpower is practically trending downward, as you have mentioned, with shift to a technologies in every industry) ?

    besides, voting any opposition once in a while is to ensure balance and more counter-checking (most advanced countries do this) – and it is a good practice ? if any oppo cannot perform, then change and change again ? beside, white idiots can suka suka change rules and policies and this affects us and this kind of treatment should be reciprocal on them also ?

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