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Jamus Lim’s ‘folksy wisdom’ remark

Jamus Lim

Jo Teo and employers must be relieved with the brouhaha over Jamus Lim’s “folksy wisdom” remark about minimum wage, which the ST is helping to spin.

For one thing, it takes away the heat they have been getting recently about diminishing the “Singaporean core” of businesses with foreign workers.

For another, it detracts from the real issue of why wages are so low in the first place, which, they are not willing to address – that there are too many foreign workers which the “open leg” immigration policy has help contributed.

Foreigners are preferred to Singaporeans by employers because they are more insecure and therefore pliant. For example, you can house them en masse in a dorm, seat them like cattle in a lorry in the wee-hours to transport them to the work site, make them sit by the roadside till the boss arrives to open the gate, make them work till dark and send them back to the dorm, with nary a whimper from any worker. Of course, they probably cost less too.

The real cause of why wages are so low is because the asking pay of a foreign worker is low and because the supply of workers has far exceeded demand, so much so that a Singaporean cannot make a decent living here even if he were to work from dawn to dusk. Of course, employers will always complain that no Singaporeans would want to take up such jobs, blah blah blah, but that’s because the wages are way too low for them, but not so for foreigners who do not face the same cost of living that Singaporeans do.

So really, the only way to raise wages for Singaporeans is to drastically reduce the number of work permits, even S-Pass and Employment Pass, and wages will rise.

Instead, we are flooded with foreign workers on the one hand and yet trying to raise wages on the other? Isn’t that like the proverbial dog chasing it’s own tail?

Please, do not detract from the real cause, face the issue squarely and then we won’t have to tie ourselves in knots over whether the minimum wage should apply to foreign workers, about loopholes like phantom workers and kickback of salaries or even having barking dogs attacking harmless semantics like “folksy wisdom”.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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17 Responses to “Jamus Lim’s ‘folksy wisdom’ remark”

  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Spot on. It’s always been about the money. Who gives a monkey butt hair about fellow countrymen? The cheaper the worker, the more profit Govt and businesses make.

    That’s why don’t be hypocritical and talk patriotism, loyalty. Money has been the sole moral guilding value for life in Spore.

    PS can’t stand those donation touts. Minimum $10. Beggars can be chooers in Spore.

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  • Give lah:

    What is $1300 pm ?
    Can survive in expensive Singapore ?
    Give lah…
    If you think is too much…your family try to live for one month on $1300 pm .

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  • Bloodyfools:

    1)KICK BACK

    2)KICK BACK $ used as salaies.
    (So boss no need pay a single cent for 1 year.

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  • Bloodyfools:

    As levies perhaps.

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  • yourShame:

    It is like saying or asking why am I dying from overweight? Then he concluded because of the presence of macdonald, KFC or pizzahut that he is fat.

    It is that kind of wisdom from your rabbit hat you hope to take on the government
    ?

    Please point the gun at your head first before you shoot the government.

    The rich elites are more than happy to give you what you want to consume as a people.

    And the people consume the wisdom of the rich elites through the education system, through the constitution and through work culture.

    You are what you consume. You are servants to whom you obey……by law.

    And the police and judges ensure your compliance or obedience to the…law.

    Now get back to your labour pain and shame.

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  • xoxo:

    You DIE your business.
    Collecting more money is OUR BU$INE$$.
    EVEN if you are OLD N JOBLESS OR RETIRED, WE will still COLLECT MORE MONEY FROM you.
    Like INCREA$E MEDISHIT LIE premium so we can $UCK you DRY of your CPF so that WE need not find money to return your CPF.
    You may be required to even TOP UP your COF ACCOUNT if it falls short???

    But, WE WILL CONtinue to LOOT YOUR RESERVES TO SAVE JOBS FOR *OUR* FTs we love so much?
    Actually HSK is looking into how to give more of your RESERVES to help FTs???

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  • Tell the truth &shame the devi:

    PAPs can lie without blinking.
    Its part of their job scope.

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    Straits times: Experts welcome payouts but worry JSS alone won’t save some firms, jobs

    JSS will not likely save jobs because firms need to “downsize” by retrenching staff. Why would employers hire hire even with JSS if they will be doing much because business is down. Also, they will need to retrench those hired (Singaporeans) so they can be replaced by “cheaper” (no CPF) foreign workers.

    AT THIS STAGE SAVING JOBS SHOULD NOT BE THE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVE. THE OBJECTIVE SHOULD BE TO GIVE THE EXISTING JOBS TO SINGAPOREANS BY FORCING FOREINGERS TO GO HOME BY CANCELLING THEIR WORK VISA. THIS IS A MUCH CHEAPER AND GUARANTEED EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH JOBS FOR SINGAPOREANS. SINGAPOREANS FIRST. ALWAYS.

    BTW, ALL countries, EXCEPT Singapore, give priority to their citizens for jobs. In Singapore, it is the opposite because PAP is pro-alien. Foreigners are much (up to 17%) cheaper to employ because they are exempted from CPF. that is why THOUSANDS of Singaporean PMETS have lost their job to foreigners over the last few years. Also the reason local wages were depressed and prices went up sharply. LHL FAILED SINGAPOREANS. HE IS A FAILURE.

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  • Pap sure lose:

    All the Govt linked companies and crony companies are exploiting cheap labour to make massive profits so Govt will never reduce this source of cheap labour, let alone abolish it.

    But the savings in costs are not passed on to citizen.

    The Govt has stumbled on a gold mine just like COE which rakes in billions by just selling a permit.

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  • Statesman of Sueing:

    The law suit is also 5 vs 1.
    Are they able to win with 1 vs 1?

    Fair and just?

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  • pap fat general sinking sph:

    ltg bey soo kiang failed. run road to indo company.

    ltg desmond quek failed. start own company.

    ltg who sank NOL is sinking sph. clap clap clap. it is not our money being wasted. it is sheep CPF money wasted.

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  • xoxi:

    FOLKsy wisdom like what Prof Janus Lim uttered or quoted are among those that ARE ACTUALLY TRUE.
    Take this example.
    Olden WISE MEN said *YOU CAN TELL THE WEATHER FROM JOINT PAIN*, cant we?

    BUT *FOXy Intelligence* is destructive and often HYPOCRITICAL!
    TAKE THIS from PAPple.
    *FTs CREATE MORE jobs for sgs…*
    And this, * NO ONE(SINGApoorEan) will be left behind*???
    Or,this, * you can survive on $1K salary and can evem have money to buy OUR HDB*???
    And, this ,THEIR FAVE NATIONAL DAY JINGLE… *THIS IS our HOME*…still???

    The BEST comes from the LADY JO: MILK IS MILK …

    Sorry, many sgPOORean kids now sing HERMAN’S HERMITS * NO MILK TODAY*…

    So, you see, FOLKsy wisdom from Janus beats FOXy INTELLIGENCE of the PAPple, doesnt it?

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  • Cocks in your heart?:

    Cocks & Folksy wisdom?
    Who does this Jamus Lim he is? A K-pop star?
    Only COCK ‘sengkangists’ worship such a shit’s populist theatrics.
    Make sure they repent the next five years. Any PAP MP or PM reading this??

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  • Doc's two cents worth .....:

    Four surgeons are comparing notes about their favorite types of patients to operate on.

    The first surgeon says he prefers to operate on librarians, because when you open them up everything is in alphabetical order.

    The second surgeon says he likes to operate on accountants, because everything inside is numbered order.

    The third surgeon says his favorite are visual artists because everything inside is color-coded.

    Finally the last surgeon says “Folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet….. pappies are the easiest – they are heartless and there’s no spine inside ….. easy big bucks!”

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  • xoxo:

    Rich chinaMEN earn $1.5 trillion during PANDEMIC?
    This is what kind of logic or *wisdom*?
    Meanwhile, more commoners become poorer?

    ILLOGIC HAS NOW BECOME THE logic?
    NEW NORM IS NOT normal?
    What you learn as logical is now challenged.

    Gue$$ GREED N POWER change logic into illogic and NORMAL into ABnormal???

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  • Harder Truths:

    Exactly. Hit the nail on the head.

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  • pap states times:

    pap states times sure to be gone case like NOL.

    yet pap states times folks cannot do anything right.

    instead of writing about the pap rot and the useless pap paer general causing the downfall of sph, pap states times writes about THE esteemed Dr Jamus Lim and his attempt to up the life of most sheep earning below S$1,300 per month.

    Singapore is an island and it belongs to us all.

    yet pap folks think it belongs to them and we the 39% ain’t anything.

    all thanks to the ffffing 61% sheep.

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