Land of milk and honey for foreign talents, Third World backwater for migrant workers

COVID-19 has laid bare the country’s worst-kept secret – foreigners have taken so many of the plum jobs in this country that in key sectors like banking, they form the majority in top management positions.

Singapore has long become the land of milk and honey for the talented and very often the not-so-talented as well. We are their stepping stone to the kind of plenitude that they cannot find elsewhere.

It is only now that the Monetary Authority of Singapore says that it will actively engage with senior management of financial institutions on their workforce profiles and plans to grow the Singaporeans core. It is only now that NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng says that the government needs to tighten Employment Pass policies.

Why has it taken COVID-19 for this to come about? What happened to the cries of the people all these years?

On the other hand, the people who built our roads, homes, airport and transport system have been subjected to cramped, sordid living conditions that led to massive, uncontrollable COVID-19 outbreaks. They are the migrant workers given shameful Third World treatment.

In this, we see a microcosm of our country. The foreign talents, the IT professionals, the bankers and kingpins in key institutions like Temasek Holdings represent the elite class. If the ones at the top do well, our ministers do well – their salaries are after all pegged to the top earners in this country.

As for those at the other end of the spectrum, we have already heard that the low-skilled are the first to lose their jobs in this pandemic. They struggle to make ends met. They do not even get to smell the milk and honey – Singapore is only the land of milk and honey to those at the top, including the foreign talents. As for the migrant workers, they can count themselves lucky just to survive this pandemic.

It’s no use for politicians to keep saying no one will be left behind. The undeniable fact is that many are being left behind. Beyond looking at the bottom, look at what has transpired at the top. What happened to the Singaporean core?

 

Augustine Low

 

 

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15 Responses to “Land of milk and honey for foreign talents, Third World backwater for migrant workers”

  • Reality:

    “It’s no use for politicians to keep saying no one will be left behind. The undeniable fact is that many Singaporean are being left behind.”
    Sad but true.

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  • xoxo:

    Almost 2 decades of LOONG-neyi$m economic$ have gone by with FT POLICY PROUDLY PRESENTED as FILLING THE TALENT GAPS of NO ENOUGH TALENT SGS ???
    WHAT DO WE TRULY GET?
    LOW PRODUCTIVITY from once WORLD-BEST WORKERS IN THE late 70s and 80s!

    Thats the REAL MEASURE OF PAP SCHOLAR-MINISTERS’ KPIs!!!

    Never the FAKE DEGREES N CREDENTIALS,FTs have special alien talent$ that sgs do not possess like giving kick-backs and MEMBER-GET-MEMBER skills?

    The RESULTANT OUTCOME: MORE FAKE FTs and more daft young JOBLESS sgs; Daft becos young sgs prefer to SUCK LOLLIE$ DURING GEs and could not care about OUR OWN SGPOREAN SOCIETY,much less A SGPOREAN CORE!
    EVEN UPSTART SG-MANAGERS SCREW THEIR OWN COUNTRYMEN TO REPLACE THESE LONG-TIME LOYAL SG-PMEs with fake FTs?

    The FT POLICY SHUD BE ACCOUNTED AS THE FAKE TALENT POLICY IN OUR *LOCAL*(again to confuse sgs with PRs) history???

    Screw the daft voters and more SCREW TO DAFT GAHMEN!!!

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  • 61% cotton sheep:

    why are we still talking about such a matter which was raised before GE2020 and 61% cotton sheep has given their position.

    why not strategize, rather, about what to do after GE2024 when New Government forms?

    here is our suggestions -

    1, immediately freeze all assets of pap clown and wife.

    2, immediately replace the leaders heading cpib spf agc bank negara so that a new group of New Leaders heading cpib spf agc bank negara can look into the assets of pap clown and wife.

    3, immediately replace all those PMET jobs now held by aliens with local born Singaporeans.

    4, all aliens holding leasehold condos MUST sell their holdings back to New Government at then purchase price or current market price whichever is LOWER before they can leave Singapore.

    5, all the pap office holders who are NOT local born cannot bring any S$m in cash or otherwise out of Singapore back to their own land of birth.

    THE above is, in all sense, to prevent the current cahoot from building up their ill gained assets aka ownself pay ownself S$m out of Singapore when New Government forms in 4 years’ time.

    every day in TRE since GE2020 and 39% is still talking about jobs for aliens and no jobs for sheep all a distraction SINCE during GE2020 61% has declared it is NOT a problem.

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    India has its Caste System the Brahmins… and the Bastard CONsidered them better or match any in the West for Brains…then the BOTTOM of the heap the Dalits (untouchables)…

    It did NOT take the Pieces of SHITS long to get the Message of an Evil Bastard…

    Go to India and Bring Forth the Caste System and IMPLEMENT it in Singapore…

    Lo & Behold!!! CECA was Born…

    The Brahmins work in Banks & IT…AirCON environment and Homes in the East Coast (the ELITES gather)

    AND…the Dalits in CONstruction and lowly paid jobs with living CONditions meant for the Dogs in the West or North-West Coast (the ??? gathers)

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  • Billy ma:

    I wonder how many Singaporeans are anti Trump?

    I like Trump for one reason – MAGAZINE
    Yes, it’s American First policy & he has shown consistency in almost every one of his policies.

    So if you are one of those Trump haters, the question is – would you make the same noise if PAP policy is Singaporean First?

    Of course those who are happily employed would care less about what & how PAP rule, that is until you fall into the hole that PAP dug for Singaporeans.

    Those PAP agencies that pretend to be shocked by the situation of companies with majority foreigners are simply “act blurr’ & trying to fool Singaporeans.

    Again many are fooled or chose to believe because life is good for them at the moment.

    If this PAP policy continues, we shall see whether these PAP supporters will remain loyal.
    Lets wait with our eyes wide open.

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  • What about Ivan Lim?:

    PAP said it would “come back” to the Ivan Lim saga after the elections. It has been over a month since the elections on July 10. Still waiting.

    I will post this EVERYDAY until PAP re-opens the Ivan Lim fiasco.

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  • Charlie:

    Lee Hsien Loong and his cronies enjoy Swiss standard of living, along with their elite generals and chosen ones, as well as the foreign bankers and professionals who get the top paying jobs. The rest of the Sinkies work like dogs and live like paupers. This is what 61% sheep voted for!

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  • Sojoürner:

    According to LKY “ride the rainbow” and the other GCT “Swiss living”, Singapore was supposed to be the land of milk and honey. Well, after 7th April (CB), the milk already turned sour and imported ‘honey’ can’t get past the custom checks.

    Why would Singapore inflict on itself such a grievous wound? There are no simple answers. Ours is the vengeance story of the economically marginalized, those who were treated as a cost of doing business by policy makers and corporations – economic collateral damage.

    The vengeance part of the story is that those who were cruelly left, are not willing to burn down the whole stinking economic and political edifice in order to get some relief and the attention of policy makers.

    Then comes the double whammy. The foreign worker dormitories spreads and on 10th July, Singaporeans voted to eat ‘Swiss rolls’. Let them eat it – made without milk and honey…
    And we wait.

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  • Mephisto:

    Who exactly is a Singaporean to you ?

    Who exactly is a Singaporean to the Government ?

    Are they one and the same ?

    When Singaporeans and PRs are called residents (technically right) treated as locals on policy matters ( does it feel right ?), I am not so sure. Common sense tells you that you cannot build a nation by diluting the locals to almost a minority.

    This government is that it only acts when it loses votes. Self interest not national interest. We will still have a problem.

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  • Rae:

    The PAP let in all these foreigners to steal our breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. How despicable! They shamelessly pocket millions themselves! Dishonourable!

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  • 154media:

    It’s no use for politicians to keep saying no one will be left behind. The undeniable fact is that many are being left behind

    Fact:

    60.1 % does not understand that many have to be left behind and in the drain for the elite to continue earning millions.

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  • opposition dude:

    I’m sorry Augustine Low but we all know that MAS and Ng Chee Meng are just TALKING only, aka WAYANG. We have all heard the same story before but PAP keeps increasing the S and E Pass holders year on year.

    We can see the evidence all around us even before this pandemic. Ex PMETs driving for Grab, young people delivering for Foodpanda. We might have a few more opposition MPs in parliament now but we still have some way to go since 10 is most definitely not enough. There must be at least 3 times that number.

    Enough with PAP already, just kick out as many monkeys, turkeys and donkeys as we can with each election. The fewer of them there are the better for Singapore and Singaporeans!

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  • uselesstankl:

    60.1 % does not understand that many have to be left behind and in the drain for the elite to continue earning millions.

    XXXXX

    VERY SIMPLE , PAP GAVE OUT MILLIONS TO OLD FOLKS…..

    300, $750, SOME EVEN GET $1300<

    is your CPF below 140,000 when you reach 55 ?

    BONUS TIME IS HERE…..

    NEVER OCCURRED TO THEM 60% THE OPPOSITION FOUGHT FOR THEM THIS RIGHT OF TAX PAYERS FUNDING.

    Many still think PAP gave out PAP POCKET

    MONEY !!!

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  • Action:

    “It’s no use for politicians to keep saying no one will be left behind. The undeniable fact is that many Singaporean are being left behind.”

    Time to take serious action to those left behind by the years of Poor Policy and the Pandemic.Only right thing to do.

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  • CECA kills jobs, productivity.:

    “India has its Caste System the Brahmins… and the Bastard CONsidered them better or match any in the West for Brains…then the BOTTOM of the heap the Dalits (untouchables)…

    It did NOT take the Pieces of SHITS long to get the Message of an Evil Bastard…

    Go to India and Bring Forth the Caste System and IMPLEMENT it in Singapore…

    Lo & Behold!!! CECA was Born…”

    Their IQ not even better than the lower tier cities in China. Where are their top technology and financial companies in India and US?

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