无能却傲慢:公众抨击杨莉明处理客工冠病疫情不当

杨莉明于2018年5月出任人力部长。

她有两年的时间来深入了解新加坡外籍工人的生活条件,并采取措施加以改善。新加坡外籍工人约有30万人居住在拥挤的宿舍里。

她彻底地、可耻地失责。

2020年2月,在第一个客工被证实感染新冠肺炎后,杨莉明被拍到与国家发展部长黄循财巡视一间客工宿舍。

今年4月,该宿舍出现了一个感染群。

杨莉明有两个月时间处理冠病可能在拥挤的宿舍里爆发的问题。

她再次无动于衷,而这次失误造成宿舍客工的感染人数激增到一万多人。

她对接二连三失责的反应,表现在她最新的部长声明——毫不掩饰的傲慢。

“我还没有遇到一个客工要求道歉。”

人们对这种轻蔑的说法的反应,说得客气点,是没礼貌的。

4月初,当客工宿舍出现感染群时,政府行动缓慢,只是在公众对客工宿舍肮脏的生活条件表示强烈抗议的几天后才开始重新安置工人。

在2月和3月之间,人道主义组织已经拉响了警报,说由于居住环境拥挤,这些宿舍可能成为感染群热点。

这是后见之明吗?

4月21日,杨莉明表示,提高外籍工人的生活水平“与成本无关”。

这项声明似乎与4月7日《海峡时报》刊登的声明相矛盾,她在4月初的声明中说:

“每次我们试图提高标准时,雇主们都会喊说——这些都是额外成本,最终必须转嫁他人。”他们问人力部,‘人们准备好付更多的钱了吗?’”

新加坡公众无法忍受的是杨莉明在失责时表现的傲慢。

对许多新加坡人来说,他们是刚刚才知道这些外劳的恶劣生活条件。

然而,杨莉明却巧妙地避开了对他们目前悲惨处境的任何指责。

当被问及究竟是什么让她花了这么长时间才发现问题时,杨莉明在4月初说:

“我的团队已经在夜以继日地工作。他们在前线处理有时非常紧张的情况。请不要用指责打击他们的士气。他们应该得到善待。”

换句话说,不要随意指责——卫生部长颜金勇对新加坡中央医院丙型肝炎爆发的拙劣处理也有类似的反驳。

现在,在国际社会的谴责下,人力部正在迅速修建新的设施来安置病患。

尽管杨莉明在人力部已经有两年经验,但她仍然固执地拒绝承认自己在冠病危机中手足无措。

如今,90%的病例来自客工宿舍,在感染人数激增的情况下不得不封城(新加坡政府称之为“阻断措施”),杨莉明仍然认为没有理由道歉。

即使客工不应该得到道歉,新加坡人应该得到吧?

 

 

作者:Redwire Singapore/Harold Chai    译者:新国志

* English version available on Redwire.

 

 

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19 Responses to “无能却傲慢:公众抨击杨莉明处理客工冠病疫情不当”

  • priority:

    Priority is to solve the FW Virus spread problem..
    Let them do the job …before it get even worse…
    We can review the whole issue after solving this problem..including why so bad at the Dormitories here compare to other countries etc
    Better to save lives now…and jobs.

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  • mike:

    这个病毒已经突变。
    正式突变后的病毒称之为”行动党病毒”。
    其病毒凸显政府的无能,无谓,无知,无趣,与无道本质。

    对客工简陋生活环境的无视是为”不仁”;
    对有功于国家建设的客工染疫后用以像猪圏式的隔离是为”不义”;
    对人民上届大选强有力的委托失职是为”不忠”;
    对李光耀及其他建国元勋呕心沥血的建党,建国基业的损害是为”不孝”;

    不仁,不义,不忠,不孝,国人自己看着办吧。

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear author,
    Honestly, there is no need for you to tell us PAP what to do.

    We PAP have all the talented, quality people at the top.

    And I quote on 23 January 2008 what our founding father said.

    https://sgforums.com/forums/10/topics/304875/
    And we are meritocratic; we pay top money for top talent, both local and foreign. In other words we have quality people right on top,” said Mr Lee.

    You can screen capture or video capture this line for all you want.

    Our founding father LKY said Josephine Teo is talented/quality and is in touch with the ground where people live in one room flats.

    That why Josephine Teo know you can have sex even in small space like one room flat.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • mike:

    @ priority

    You think they try to save live or save their position?
    You think they try to save economy or their high pay cheques?

    When did not Singaporean let them do their job? While many of us lose ours?
    When did we ever not review after each aftermath and when did we learn our lessons?

    priority:
    Priority is to solve the FW Virus spread problem..
    Let them do the job …before it get even worse…
    We can review the whole issue after solving this problem..including why so bad at the Dormitories here compare to other countries etc
    Better to save lives now…and jobs.

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  • mike:

    @ priority

    By the way, when you compare a group of slaves to another group of slaves then come to a conclusion that Slave group A lives a higher standard than Slave group B, how meaningful you think this type of orange to orange comparision is?

    Performance analysis?

    I have to agree that the doctrine had shaped and condition you well.

    priority:
    We can review the whole issue after solving this problem..including why so bad at the Dormitories here compare to other countries etc

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  • Tremendous:

    The chief keeps saying that fw are on their radar are on their screen. Yet when people ask who the commissionner for fw is, they keep quiet. Haha.

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  • COmpliant bureaucrats:

    PAP’s mentality has been always: good is our credits. Bad is the fault of citizens, but if daft become fedup, then is the career bureaucrats who r stupid not to have done what they should. Same as info. Good for pap is true n bad for pap r fakes even the evidences r all there. Evidences then r fake including dead bodies! This is the govt which has conned n insulted Singaporeans since these PSTBs n their CBs (compliant bureaucrats in singlish it is zball carriers despicable n wasted the gifts from their God n the monies of Singaporeans who expect them to do what they r trained n not eternally buried to brownnose, bootlick n polanpa! Sad. People with above average IQ r so depraving, so stupid n degrading! This COVid19 really shows up the downright nfi but arrogant n self gratifying pstbs across the world with no exception!
    MAO Tai indeed! The Hokkien seniors were so tickered that the gorilla is self destined to be T aied by MAO whom gorillarised nfi of quality to get gorilla to armtag his imbecile n he used $250k to pay just for eliminating the wood generation. Karma has its unique way of dispensing!

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  • Repeated Sugar Coating:

    The Humility in leadership Eroded after 54years being condoned by 70%.

    Sugar coated news with exclusion of unflattering news over and over over decades can be perceived as truth.

    He who controls the narrative controls the votes.

    Can there be an extreme case where many become Bigots Intolerant of dissent and cunningly use National interest as excuse as a means to an end?

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  • Dr Goh KS:

    Since she is so good at TALKING,she shud just GO and SELL MILK for Nestle?

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  • DLLM:

    Dear PIMP PAP SURE WIN,
    Honestly, all Singaporeans need to tell PAP what to do.

    PAP have NO talent, quality people at the top.

    And I quote on 23 January 2008 what our founding father said.

    https://sgforums.com/forums/10/topics/304875/
    And we are meritcrazy; we pay less money for NO talent, both local and foreign. In other words we have NO quality people right on top,” said PIMP PAP SURE WIN.

    You can screen capture or video capture this line for all you want.

    Our founding father LKY said Josephine Teo is not talented/quality and is not in touch with the ground where people live in one room flats.

    That why Josephine Teo know PAP SURE WIN can have sex even in small space like DOGS.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.LOSE.All
    Majullah $PSP$ $SDP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Expensive, Better, Relax.
    Workers must NOT accept LOW wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • 鲁投畬:

    病毒突变也有正式的和不正式的?

    当今世界科学突飞猛进,有时候眨一下眼睛,科学发展和理论就可以变得让人找不到路回家!

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  • mike:

    @ 鲁投畬

    您爱抬杠是吧?
    咱们聊聊,我想问候您老母。
    凸肥夢寖的人生确实让人自以为文字圣人。
    您在找回西天去的路是吧?

    鲁投畬:
    病毒突变也有正式的和不正式的?

    当今世界科学突飞猛进,有时候眨一下眼睛,科学发展和理论就可以变得让人找不到路回家!

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  • JT is finished:

    JT, please stop wearing the holy cross around your neck, unless you accept responsibility and resign for all the sufferings of the dorm workers. Go to the nearest church to make a confession and repent.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on mothership website :Quote – ”

    S’porean man, 66, claims trial for using ‘KNNBCCB’ Hokkien vulgarity on NEA enforcement officers
    He claimed that the enforcement officers had scolded him first.

    Matthias Ang| Julia Yeo| May 06, 04:41 PM

    A man was charged in court on May 6, 2020 under the Protection from Harassment Act for using vulgarities in Hokkien dialect at enforcement officers from National Environmental Agency (NEA) on two separate occasions.
    ….
    Lee Ah Loo, 66, used abusive words against two different NEA enforcement officers at Beo Crescent Market on two separate occasions, once on April 26 and the second time on May 2.

    During the first incident, he uttered “Kan Ni Na Bu Chee Bye” on April 26 at an enforcement officer at around 12:30pm, while he was in front of a stall at Beo Crescent Market.

    Similarly, on the second occasion, he said “Kan Ni Na Bu Chao Chee Bye” at an enforcement officer from NEA on May 2, around 12:38am, according to police charge sheets.

    The phrase translates to an obscenity involving one’s mother’s private parts in English.

    The Hokkien phrases were read out in court over teleconferencing.

    Claimed trial to both charges
    Lee has claimed trial to both charges, claiming that the enforcement officers had scolded him first.

    He also said in Mandarin that he had told the officer that he had no money, and to call for a doctor for him instead.

    But it was not clear why he wanted the enforcement officer to call a doctor instead.

    He added in Mandarin that he was not going to plead guilty.

    The presiding judge told Lee to save his statement and to address it later at an appropriate juncture instead.

    Lee will be due back in court on May 22, 2020.

    If convicted of harassing a public servant who was performing public duties, Lee will be subject to a maximum jail term of 12 months, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both…. “Unquote.

    Response :Lee will be due back in court on May 22, 2020.Such a simple case of using two vulgarities at NEA enforcement officer also need to use so much public resources in so many public civil servants plus expensive judge salary to tackle on. And the most disgracing thing is such a simple problem still need two expensive public funded court session to tackle. May even need three or more sessions if two sessions still cannot solve. Lee Hsien Loong should check out why so much public resources is needed to solve a simple court case that require shameless two court expensive sessions. A one day court session cannot decide the outcome, why? As usual TR Emeritus nowadays will shamelessly block off my this post again without publishing, I assume? Nowadays got POFMA rule, is that any logic to block off all my posts from posting out? If my post is deemed by TR Emeritus as incorrect, why TR Emeritus never issue a correction order for me to debate and self correct but straightaway block my post from posting out, why? Something very fishy behind.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – ”
    SINGAPORECourts & Crime Education Housing Transport Health Manpower Environment

    68-year-old S’porean man dies of Covid-19, the 21st death here; 53-year-old Indian man who died of heart attack was found to have Covid-19… ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
    …..
    Jean Iau
    Clement Yong
    SINGAPORE -…..
    …. “Unquote.

    Response : Why that egg hoarder of at least 3 trays of 30 eggs Amy Khor Lean Suan was previously not investigated for egg hoarding? And after Amy Khor Lean Suan was caught hoarded egg due to some shit farmer friends of her giving her some free trays of eggs (maybe cunning Amy Khor Lean Suan cannot afford to buy eggs).Is there any element of bribery in receiving free eggs from her farmer friends when Amy Khor Lean Suan is a public servant in any aspect? And it so coincident that after Amy Khor Lean Suan receive some possible trays of eggs, and very fast within that week or so and trays of 30 eggs prices all skyrocketed for everybody to pay? Wonder also whether Amy Khor Lean Suan is an influential decision making factor in giving of those productive grants that had previously been announced to speed up the production of food such as eggs? And Amy Khor Lean Suan is still controlling in the healthcare beside the environment positions. Look at so many people dead from previous hepatitis negligent case, now from corona virus and look at the recent report on news media that dengue cases has again skyrocketed. I also observed a whole tons of houseflies flying around public areas last two days which is a carrier of disease. Singapore still can have such super highly paid women Amy Khor Lean Suan who is supposed to be constantly attending to healthcare corona virus, dengue cases, environment issues, still on leave during circuit breaker, cooking in her house, caught in published photo without diligently attending to main issues of the country. Lee Hsien Loong should answer to the public why he failed to fired Amy Khor Lean Suan from all government position. Then Amy KLS can cook at home at her free time without government paid? With Amy Khor Lean Suan holding so many important government position, why is Amy Khor Lean Suan not attending to all corona virus and environment issues but still has free time to cook at home, one wonder whether Lee Hsien Loong is still sleeping or not?

    In Singapore, if any male even receive one dollar of bribery, will be hauled out to be charged but Amy Khor Lean Suan as a public servant has confirmed herself receiving some free eggs from her farmer friends that most likely exceeded $1 in value, is that OK in law ? By one free tray of 30 eggs, it cost $5.40 in present market prices at supermarket!!!!How many free trays of 30 eggs did Amy Khor Lean Suan previously receive from her farmer friends, LHL should check her out, is that proper procedure to receive free trays of eggs as a public servant without charge?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Found one post stated by poster at TR Emeritus -PAP Spending Taxpayer Money(May 12,2020 at 10:56 pm) :Quote – “It was reported that the domitory owners are making millions of dollars of profit. One of them earns S$70 million and another earned S$50 millions. And they are Grassroot Leaders of the People Association.

    The PAP was reported to provide 180,000 meals per day for the foreign workers in the domitories. They also provide free Medical service to these foreign workers.

    Since these Foreign workers are not employed by the PAP Government, WHY must the PAP Government used Taxpayer Money to do this ?

    Why not their Employers or the Domitory Owners who have been making millions of dollars take this responsibility ?

    Other countries with Foreign Workers let the Employers take this responsibility. A Good Example is our Neighbour Malaysia where the government make the Employers pay for whatever expenses as the Government mentioned that it is not their responsibilty as they did not employ these Foreign Workers.

    PAP, please do not increase taxes or other fees and charges such as parking, water, electricity etc for the Singapore public.

    Its time we VOTE the PAP OUT in the coming GE.”Unquote.

    Response : Josephine Teo Li Min who is the Manpower Minister should explain out why additional public funds need to be spend on foreign workers when it is fact that such dormitory owners who are making huge millions dollars of profits all these years. And why beast Josephine Teo Li Min being in home affairs ministry failed to hauled out to charge all these dormitory owners such as S11 Dormitory @ Punggol (2seletar North Link) to court for 2510 corona virus cases . 2510 corona cases and yet Josephine Teo Li Min being Manpower Minister and in home affairs, can still by pass, did nothing to charge S11 Dormitory owner to be send to jail, why? Many people may caught corona virus because of such irresponsible attitude of S11 Dormitory owner!!! Why Lee Hsien Loong is also sleeping and no need to take action to remove Josephine Teo Li Min from all government position and charge Josephine Teo Li Min as well for totally non performance!

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  • think its fair ?:

    found this : can someone do a write up n ask if its fair ..
    who caused the fiasco but who kena pay the price!

    https://www.onlinecitizenasia.com/2020/05/12/taxpayers-to-pay-for-increased-costs-incurred-by-dorm-operators-due-to-lockdowns/

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – “…
    PUBLISHED4 HOURS AGO
    ….
    Toh Ting Wei
    SINGAPORE – About 1,400 foreign workers who have recovered from Covid-19 infections are now on two cruise ships docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

    The Singapore Tourism Board had previously said that the SuperStar Gemini started taking in workers late last month, while the SuperStar Aquarius was declared ready to receive them on May 1.

    On Thursday (May 14), Ms Annie Chang, director of cruise at the Singapore Tourism Board, said the ships can implement necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all on board.

    “The foreign workers are allowed to use designated outdoor spaces during scheduled timings….

    “There are two foreign workers per cabin, and food is catered and brought on board the ship for the workers.”
    ….

    Those who are unwell will be taken off the ship for immediate medical attention at a designated medical facility set up at the cruise centre.

    Both ships are run by Genting Cruise Lines….

    Mr Michael Goh, head of international sales at Genting and president of Dream Cruises, told The Straits Times that just over 200 employees are on each ship to support the operations.

    Mr Goh said: “They will also be equipped with personal protective equipment when carrying out their duties.
    ..

    He declined to say how much Genting Cruise Lines is being paid for the use of the two ships.

    But he added that the company will be ready to participate in more of such initiatives where possible.

    Response : 1400 workers on two super expensive Genting cruise ship recovering, with 200 Genting service cruise employees on each ship to be paid by Singapore taxpayers money too! Good food? Cannot be coming out of beast Josephine Teo Li Min own pocket, is that right, Lee Hsien Loong? When the S11 @Punggol Dormitory and other Dormitory make so many millions profits out of foreign workers, and the failure of Josephine Teo Li Min in both Manpower and home affairs position failed to arrest, immediately charge [email protected] Dormitory owners to court and send them to jail, it does not make logical sense that more taxpayers money will be used to foot these Genting Cruise ship bills. Why don’t save money to use Istana Place instead of Genting Cruise ship? If istana cannot use, can still use sister islands/kusu island, right? Everyone know Genting Cruise ship has no tourism business this month, and Singaporeans need to struggle to survive too, still spend unnecessary public funds to let Genting Cruise ship earn our money at Singaporean expense, is that right? Does Josephine has any brain to save public funds? Lee Hsien Loong, you still need a person that cannot perform like Josephine Teo Li Min as a Minister/MP for what? If TR Emeritus think any part of my post is not correct, just highlight it out and not do a total block without explaining where is wrong? I put facts here not rubbish, right?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – “Mustafa Centre being investigated by MOM
    ..
    PUBLISHEDAUG 6, 2018,
    ..
    David Sun
    SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) -The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating retail giant Mustafa Centre for alleged employment offences.

    In a statement to The New Paper on Sunday (Aug 5), an MOM spokesman said the company is being investigated following several complaints against it recently.

    “MOM has received complaints that Mohamed Mustafa and Samsuddin Co may have infringed the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. Investigations are ongoing,” said the spokesman without elaborating on complaints.

    However, The New Paper understands the probe on the company, which is registered as Mohamed Mustafa and Samsuddin, is not limited to specific violations but covers offences under the entire Act.

    Offences under the Act include work pass violations and receiving of kickbacks.

    In a report by The Online Citizen (TOC) on Friday, a former employee alleged that Mustafa Centre’s human resource (HR) department had been collecting “cashbacks” from employees.

    The man, identified as Mr Abdul Haq Siddique, a senior sales executive in the store’s jewellery department, was quoted as saying that after his monthly salary was deposited into his bank account, he had to go to HR to give back $600 to $1,000.

    He said the amount to be returned depended on how much he earned in overtime that month.

    Mr Abdul Haq, who did not disclose his basic salary, told TOC: “Every month, when I got my salary in my bank account, (the HR manager) and sometimes his assistant would ask me to bring the ‘cashback’ amount to him.”….

    Mr Abdul Haq claimed that he was not the only worker who had to give back part of his salary and urged others like him to speak up.

    “No one knows where the money goes to,” he added.

    Quoting Mr Abdul Haq and other ex-employees, TOC also reported that Mustafa had stopped renewing S-passes in May this year, affecting about 100 foreign employees.

    MOM has issued Special Passes to affected workers so that they can remain here to assist in investigations, TOC said.
    ..

    Those convicted of kickback offences can be fined up to $30,000 and/or jailed for up to two years each charge…. “Unquote.

    Response :Fact 1-Josephine Teo LM is Manpower Minister controlling MOM. Fact 2 -Offences include work pass violations and receiving of kickbacks/cashback money. Previously,this case video already shown out in TOC Website of a Muslim woman from company receiving kickback money from foreign worker.Fact 3 -From 6th August 2018 news till today,it is at least one year 9 months long time, seem like MOM haven’t charge those involved in kickback illegal money.Fact 4 -If Josephine is not investigating, why don’t the PM position, which is Lee Hsien Loong, should immediately investigate, right? Fact 5 – Can kickback crime more than $1, also no need to investigate? Cannot be till now so long still MOM is still investigating this case, right? Fishy.

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