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New programme to train polytechnic and ITE graduates to become hawkers

I was flabbergasted, to say the least, to read that Amy Khor has announced that the government will launch a new programme to train polytechnic and ITE graduates to become hawkers.

We are a very small country with a very small population and educated manpower is especially valuable to a country like ours, yet this utterly hopeless pap minister is leading the way at wasting it. Let me explain.

To begin, for anybody to become a hawker, he/she doesn’t need to be either an ITE or poly graduate. Amy Khor is an expert, an old hand at spinning or throwing smoke and the whole idea to make it a requirement is to make being hawkers looks ‘atas’, unfortunately, I see through her ploy.

I challenge her anyday to conduct an independent random survey of say, 500 parents with school going children and see if they support her ‘brilliant idea’ of training their ITE or poly children into hawkers.

Perhaps, pap ministers’ and pap supporters’ children can lead the way in this so called Hawkerpreneur Programme. I scream loudly at each and everyone of them to come on, show the way and don’t be shy.

I fully understand that many of our hawkers are facing silimar challenges of finding younger people to take over their dying trades but getting our educated poly and ITE graduates into it is obviously so wasteful of manpower. It is wrong in our context and I may even call it a criminal waste of our precious manpower.

To be fair, I recognise that this programme has some merits and if I were in charge, I will reserve this scheme only for ex-prisoners or people who do not make past secondary school education. This is not rocket science and we don’t need pap scholars or generals to ‘smoke’ us. It is all common sense.

This paragraph is important. There is no doubt that this pap government is at its wits end at creating decent employment opportunities for our people and our children. They are scrapping the bottom of the barrel, so to speak.

I say let this news be a warning even to strong pap supporters. I strongly urge you to open your eyes and open up your minds. To the pap government, your children are only as good to become a hawker which I strongly disagree.

Remember this. Our educated children deserve better employment opportunities in our own country and if they can no longer create good employment opportunities for our young people, they really shouldn’t be in office at all. It looks to me that today, pap ministers are able to create good paying jobs only for themselves.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

 

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23 Responses to “New programme to train polytechnic and ITE graduates to become hawkers”

  • Harder Truths:

    First time in the world. Does that mean without the degree you cannot be a hawker? Is there also a Ph.D.?

    Does that mean all the hawkers today are unqualified? Have I all my life been eating illegally prepared food that is not professionally sanctioned? Even Gordon Ramsay does not have this – is he still trustworthy? What about Chef Wan? Can I still watch the Starhub cooking channel?

    So many degrees required by regime with so little brains

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  • Hawkers dont need P6 cert:

    This hawky idea is really absurd!

    Hawkers don’t need even a PSLE certificate!

    So long one has the natural talent in cooking, very hygienic, know how to count money, make simple calculations, use Paynow and smart apps, he will succeed in life.

    Why bother study for a nitec certificate or polytechnic diploma just to become a hawker? Training them to be a
    Hawker CEO at his own humble stall?

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  • Python 5:

    so where is all that courses like Diploma in Casino Management now?? how is the enrolment so far up to today??

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  • Hawkers dont need P6 cert:

    This ‘hawkhor’ idea is really absurd!

    Hawkers don’t need even a PSLE certificate!

    So long one has the natural talent in cooking, very hygienic, know how to count money, make simple calculations, use Paynow and smart apps, he will succeed in life.

    Why bother study for a nitec certificate or polytechnic diploma just to become a hawker? Training them to be a
    Hawker CEO at his own humble stall?

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  • $$$ is always a reason:

    Very easy to understand, check who are pocketing millions from whatever crazy or stupid programs.

    Can have training programs where the graduates earn $5 an hour but the training centres earn millions. You may wonder how the low earning graduates can afford the million dollar fees. No need to look far. Your tax money goes to “subsidize” the training.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    The idea has its merits, but being a hawker is not for everyone. Hard work, long hours and all that. But! If you cook good and can take it, you can more than make it. You may even win.

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  • Tatman:

    All thanks to the heartless and sadistic 61.24% sohai who voted in these treacherous PAP to kill us all.

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  • Flickshit:

    if you listen to this STUPID Malaysian, Mayor in Singapore, you are equally as stupid as her. She got a lot of hawkers at Chinatown area supporting her in the community center and she encourage all the ” son of Chinatown” to support her stupid and crazy ideas.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    Sintkaporeans should suck it up whatever PAP Government serve to them. Remember, 61% of the majority voted for the PAP Government. Enjoy more “Good” years to come – GCT.

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  • Tremendous:

    Hawkers have been in the village for decades and no one screamed that a diploma is a need. Now, the idiot chief has come out to launch a diploma ? please! One needs a diploma to be a hawker ? Bloody idiots who voted for her, come out and back your miniter!

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  • of businesses capitalizing:

    aiyoh. providing cheap or free labour (interns and traineeship ???) to businesses in the name of training them (‘professionalize’ many jobs which were never professionalized in the past) ??

    with possibility of businesses ‘exploiting’ / ‘abusing’ (positively aka capitalizing) the system especially with the white monkey culture of open-leg policy which floods the country with so many people competing among one another ????

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The next courses in ITE and Poly will be collections of cardboards; how to push trolleys the safe ways, which type fetch a better price, etc

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  • qualifying hurdling 'milestone:

    //Hawkers don’t need even a PSLE certificate!//

    aiyoh. if the white monkey gang says must, then must lor ???

    got to professionalize hawker to make people feel proud that they are working hard (keep their minds occupied ???) to enter the ‘profession’ lar ? or orelse, how to create so many good jobs if got open-leg policy for so many people to compete among one another ???

    and if still cannot get into hawker roles, that means one is not upgrading or upskilling oneself enough (suddenly one has to blame oneself for not being able to get any jobs even in a hawker role) ??? have to invent many artificial qualifying hurdling ‘milestones’ for one to cross ??

    now security / cleaners also got to go for courses leh, so why not hawker (logic by extension hor) ??? in times to come, one might have to possess a degree to really master (or a master qualification) the fine art (& intricacies ??) of collecting cardboards / papers / tin cans, etc on the road (to ensure you really know the different values of the different stuff people throw away so that you will not be exploited by the karung guni consolidators ???) ????

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  • Limped Sayso:

    Why is the PAP so interested in promoting the hawker entrepreneurship amongst young Singaporeans?

    The answer is simple: Hawkers, especially those that make traditional local food, are the last straw that hold any semblance to the true blue Singapore culture. Once this is gone, there is really nothing to uphold the so called Singapore “identity” which has been eroded beyond much recognition thanks to the stupid PAP’s policy of uncontrolled immigration policy.

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  • totally disgusted!!:

    I’m totally disgusted to hear from this clown that after spending years in the polys and ITE, the graduates are asked to become hawkers!!
    Hello!! why not ask this clown’s children who are uni graduates lead the way to become hawkers first!!
    This is insulting our intelligence and wasting of our parent’s money and effort to produce children, educate them and ending up as hawkers!!
    If this clown has nothing better to do and recommend, I suggest she find some temporary bus shelters to perform her now famous cutting ribbons ceremonies!!

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  • AristoCATs - Top Marketer?:

    2 PMET retrenched – UnEmp +2

    AristoCATs touted “conversion programmes” -
    * Hawkerpreneur Programme
    * Internship programme, etc.

    2 retrenched PMETs were “strongly encouraged” to sign up.
    “better than nothing, right?”

    Voila !
    UnEmp -2

    Once again, AristoCATs worked its “Marketing Excellence”.

    -
    More than 39% should know the Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • No i to c:

    They know they are talking to stupid people, 61% strong here. Next, polish their backside also must attend course first. The old man should have flipped long ago, but he didn’t Why? No eye to see?

    Hawkers dont need P6 cert:
    This hawky idea is really absurd!

    Hawkers don’t need even a PSLE certificate!

    So long one has the natural talent in cooking, very hygienic, know how to count money, make simple calculations, use Paynow and smart apps, he will succeed in life.

    Why bother study for a nitec certificate or polytechnic diploma just to become a hawker? Training them to be a
    Hawker CEO at his own humble stall?

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  • xoxo:

    Hahaha! Its a *CIRCLE GAME*( re: JONI MUTCHELL).
    Everything comes *ONE FOOL’S (full) cycle*,eh?
    Father made hawkers’s sons into PMEs; HoLEE $on turns it all around and makes PMEs’ sons inti hawkers again???

    Lee Ah Long- very HIGH KPI indeed!
    Clap,clap and CRAP!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Simon,
    Oppie Singaporeans like yourselves are always contradicting yourselves.

    First, many oppie Singaporeans complain that our hawker food standard has declined due to it not being cook by Singaporeans.

    Now, my great PAP government listened to the people’s voices and start training local Singaporeans for hawkers career you also complain.

    So, what the f* oppie Singaporeans want ? Can you stop contradicting yourselves. ?
    Money Talk BullShit Walks

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain

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  • highly educated Hawker:

    Wah..highly educated Hawker.
    Set new standard…

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  • Fark By Malaysian:

    Indian WWII Traitor can be President.
    Fake Indian as Malay can be President.
    Ex Malaysia Indian also can be SG Minister.
    Locally born Singaporeans are we losing OUT.!!
    Dont let me suppress us till we have nowhere to hide.
    Is time to fight!!

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  • Robbers of the powerless:

    Some continue to be paid millions during covid while the many peasants told to be hawkers?

    This smells like progress. Better than when cpf at 55?

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    The question you should ask yourself. Would you be a hawker? Are you ok with your tertiary educated children become hawkers?

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Simon,
    Oppie Singaporeans like yourselves are always contradicting yourselves.

    First, many oppie Singaporeans complain that our hawker food standard has declined due to it not being cook by Singaporeans.

    Now, my great PAP government listened to the people’s voices and start training local Singaporeans for hawkers career you also complain.

    So, what the f* oppie Singaporeans want ? Can you stop contradicting yourselves. ?
    Money Talk BullShit Walks

    .Win.HuatAgain

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