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NTUC will consider ‘ring fencing’ certain jobs like HR to help local Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs)

NTUC will consider ‘ring fencing’ certain jobs like HR to help local Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) – Ng Chee Meng.

I like what I have read but I want to sound a word of caution.

Over the years, it is true that many local PMEs have been replaced by foreign PMEs in their work places. Chats with friends, neighbours, ex-colleagues or former NS mates over dinners or drinks will easily attest to that. Sad stories are plentiful. It is not difficult to encounter middle-aged former PMEs now reduced to become Grab drivers and more.

Many factors are at play that lead us to this sorry state of our employment landscape under the weak pap government.

Among them, foreign male PMEs are not liable for reservist call-up, they are not required to contribute to CPF which makes them more attractive and cheaper to employers, many of them do not have young families tagging along in Singapore which free them from familial commitments and demands, female PMEs are much less likely to get pregnant unlike our married female citizens which means lesser work disruptions and one mother of all ill-advice and insult came from a former pap minister, Khaw Boon Wan who discouraged Singaporeans from pursuing tertiary education etc.

Ng Chee Meng’s announcement will probably pacify Singaporean PMEs for a while and make those simple-minded ones happy, however, I do not hope that ring fencing talk is a mere symbolic rhetoric, a flash in the pan thing.

Ring fencing certain jobs such as Human Resource is but a start only and much serious hard work need to be done behind the scene.

They include a holistic relook and review of employment cost structures between local PMEs vs foreign ones, relooking whether our polytechnics and our tertiary institutions are offering relevant courses and are producing Singaporean graduates relevant to what our industries and economy need, whether our Government Linked Companies (GLCs) are leading examples of nurturing our own local talents to take on bigger and heavier responsibilities or guilty of liberally employing foreign PMEs at our local PMEs’ expense and if MOM’s granting of employment passes is too liberal etc. I am sorry to say that I consider advertising in the job bank requirement to be a book-smart joke and a big one.

The government is the biggest employer in Singapore and its many GLCs are big employers too. It is not unreasonable to expect them to lead the way and give preferential employment opportunities to our own PMEs despite their reservist disruptions, CPF and other additional costs and maternity leave considerations etc. Our educational institutions are not producing sub-standard graduates and charity must begin at home. There are costs and consequences to being just penny wise.

After all, if our employers do not wish to give those better employment opportunities to and value our own PMEs in our own country, who will?

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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21 Responses to “NTUC will consider ‘ring fencing’ certain jobs like HR to help local Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs)”

  • Tedy:

    Foreign workers pay levy.gov no need return a single cent or set up department to look after payment.cpf worker on the other hand,gov need to return the workers contribution.also need to set up department manage cpf.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Any business would hire a FT over a local. This is the way the world works. Don’t believe this horsesh*t.

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  • Hotnews:

    It won’t work!! Why?
    If the CEO is a foreigner, the HR manager more often than not try to recruit more of the CEO’s village people, just to please him. Also, the HR would not dare to raise a voice, fear losing their jobs. The solution is to remove foreigners from top management, especially those from the highly Covid infected country. HR is hopeless in any decision making, they share the same bed with the top management! Go figure! Another wayang to suck more Sinky suckers!

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  • left behind:

    I think government policy cannot work. The employment situation is in a pathetic state. For employing, cheap is best. It did not take into account that people applying for jobs are human beings. They are looking for expertise and experiences and see little in who these people are. The Tao principle yin and yang must both be take care of. Employers only look for yang which is their usefulness in their field and how they can help the company now. They never look at the yin, where how a useless and uncrafted stone can turn into jade. With foreign labour, they are looking for instant workers with skill and they does not look elsewhere. The best candidate is the one most skillful and cheap. They fail to see the problem and now we know the problem. Foreign labour bring covid-19 and labour supply disruption occurs. The best is not necessary without problem, stop being materialistic. Look at these job applicants as human being as who they are and not as tool and classified good or bad, fit or unfit.

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  • Billy ma:

    This ntuc fellow is simply trying to resurrect his own career.
    That’s his sole purpose now.

    Looking after Singaporeans now is just hypocrisy.
    Ask himself what’d he done when he was a PAP minister & chief of union?
    Nothing. Not many people even know his existence, maybe not until he got kick out in the last GE.

    it’s impossible to believe that any PAP ministers & MP are looking after the wellbeing of Singaporeans.

    It’s all about their own career & future.

    For those affected or infected by COVID19 & if you’re PAP supporters, hope you’d a change of mind by now.

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  • Lee F U:

    Who CARES!!!!

    I ALREADY DISPLACED FOR OVER TWO DECADES.

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  • older PMET:

    Older PMETs has a hard time finding meaningful job.
    Most companies here do not consider fairly their job application or failed to appreciate that they can still contribute to the company with their experience.
    It is sad that they think older PMETs are only good for Security Officer or similar jobs.A waste of human resources and talent.

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  • lip service:

    THE MAIN concern of gagmt GLCs is to make as much money as possible to feed those top people whose yearly salary easily in the region of $1m to 2m with bonus, perks.
    So foreigners are paid much lesser and cheap labours from many countries are most welcome by GLCs
    Ring fencing to help Singaporeans are most likely rhetoric.
    As past shown is all talk AND no actions…lipservice as one put it.
    SAYING to make a person happy, but no concrete plans laid out …IF the Cabinet members said they want to ringfence these posts for Singaporeans and laid concrete plans immediately,there may be some credence.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Simon, you said “…and one mother of all ill-advice and insult came from a former pap minister, Khaw Boon Wan who discouraged Singaporeans from pursuing tertiary education etc.”

    Fcuk you lah Simon. What is the point of having a degree and you cannot eat it.

    Many Singaporeans who went overseas study must be investigated if their overseas degree is fake or not.
    The first person to investigate is WP Jamus Lim. Jamus Lim qualification is likely to be fake like fraudster ROC President Tsai Ing-Wen.

    蔡總統1.5個博士之謎! 彭文正潛入倫敦政經學院LSE翻閱論文揭謊
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZIqgZrsI3c

    怒控蔡英文犯罪違法濫權! 賀德芬:我們不會因被起訴而屈服
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jijm83ZLkZI

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    older PMET:
    Older PMETs has a hard time finding meaningful job.
    Most companies here do not consider fairly their job application or failed to appreciate that they can still contribute to the company with their experience.
    It is sad that they think older PMETs are only good for Security Officer or similar jobs.A waste of human resources and talent.

    Are you stupid or what ? Old people experience is useful ? You must be retarded..read Sojourne master piece…

    Sojourne:
    America doesn’t need to worry about China; it needs to be worry about itself and never ever think or utter the dreaded “we’re #1 !” empty slogan.

    The main problem is, Americans are convinced of a paradox: the average American believes a)they can buy cheap electronics like a 50” LCD TV which costs $400, and b) they can have a robust American manufacturing sector which provides high paying jobs with benefits.

    Obviously, both cannot be true. High wages are paid by a company which generates revenues commensurate to support them. Even most of America’s car companies simply buy components manufactured in Taiwan, China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and South America and just assemble them in the US.

    Cheap goods cannot sustain high paying American jobs with benefits and worker rights. It’s just not mathematically possible. This means, other countries with low wages will continue to exploit the US consumer market.

    If the United States wants its power back, then it need to convince Americans that paying more for consumer goods is a good thing. And companies in US need to pay wages which allow the consumer to purchase more expensive products.

    The United States needs to learn that a country with 4% of the world’s population does not deserve to “rule the world” forever. The US also needs to learn that its model of economic and political governance do not work everywhere and, indeed, that it may be harmful trying to impose those models on other places.Indeed, given the many obvious and considerable failings of the American model of democracy,

    Americans need to carry themselves with a lot more humility. The US with its’ allies like UK, Australia is stirring up a completely unnecessary Cold War through its aggressive actions.

    Biden meanwhile has but four years to alter the course, which is insufficient time to implement any real long-term differences– especially when it would mean large new public investments by the US in education and training, infrastructure, “industrial policy” subventions of key economic sectors, R&D support, and national defense. The outlook for America is not good.

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  • Gullible or mischievious:

    Some people are very gullible, swallowing and vomiting all kinds of rumours from around the world.

    If english veg’s PhD is fake, the evidence would have been blown up big big by now.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Simon, you said “…and one mother of all ill-advice and insult came from a former pap minister, Khaw Boon Wan who discouraged Singaporeans from pursuing tertiary education etc.”

    Fcuk you lah Simon. What is the point of having a degree and you cannot eat it.

    Many Singaporeans who went overseas study must be investigated if their overseas degree is fake or not.
    The first person to investigate is WP Jamus Lim. Jamus Lim qualification is likely to be fake like fraudster ROC President Tsai Ing-Wen.

    蔡總統1.5個博士之謎! 彭文正潛入倫敦政經學院LSE翻閱論文揭謊
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZIqgZrsI3c

    怒控蔡英文犯罪違法濫權! 賀德芬:我們不會因被起訴而屈服
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jijm83ZLkZI

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • Typical 4G Standard:

    This is a typical good example of the 4G quality. Those around are simply lucky they have not been kicked out.Ask how many private company would hire him? ZERO. Sengkang residences, well done.

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  • PAP snake oil seller:

    This USELESS CUNT never opened his mouth while in parliament and only want to do things for Singaporeans once he is given the boot. He will not SURVIVE in he private sector. He did NOTHING for PEMTs while in parliament and this is WAYANG to get himself into parliament in the next elections. This is a time tested method BY THE PAP.ONG YC the health minister lost his seat and could not enter parliament. He was sent one of the ST companies. When the next elections came he ENTERED PARLIAMENT THROUGH THE BACK DOOR by means of GRC.

    This one shoot, one kill PAPER GENERAL will be roped into a GRC to enter parliament through a GRC. If he is successful that will be the end of whatever schemes he came up with.

    PAP is so confident of WINNING EVERY ELECTIONS in a super majority that they are super arrogant and have a super easy life. You can even see many of them sleeping during parliament.They MUST WORK FOR THEIR POSITIONS AS IF THEIR LIVES DEPANDED ON IT. They must work for every single cent we pay them. Every PM MUST THINK TWICE before calling Singaporeans names like DAFT or FREE RIDERS. They should FEAR and RESPECT their MASTERS,THE CITIZEN OF SINGAPORE not the other way round.

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  • Singapore R Free Rider:

    Gullible or mischievious:
    Some people are very gullible, swallowing and vomiting all kinds of rumours from around the world.

    If english veg’s PhD is fake, the evidence would have been blown up big big by now.

    Not real ?
    Your Democratic Progress Party copy from my master LKY who banned all news media from reporting the case. See this show my master LKY is the best.

    Please answer these questions.

    1. Fraudster President Tsai said she has 1.5 doctorate.
    Please show us which uni issued 1.5 doctorate.
    2. Fraudster President Tsai passed law to prevent the viewing of her academic qualification. Why she is so afraid to show her academic qualification.

    Can One Earn a PhD from LSE without a Thesis? The Bizarre Story of President
    Tsai
    https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/101939/1/MPRA_paper_101939.pdf

    First commoner to be sued by fraudster President Tsai
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE76fzR_dH4

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  • Red herring:

    Straits Times: Law don looks at key aspect of High Court decision in Parti Liyani’s case

    “A law school don, studying one facet of the case involving former Indonesian domestic worker Parti Liyani, has argued that, based on precedents, there may be theft of a discarded item.”

    This is laughable. How can a “discarded item” be stolen? Stolen from whom?

    This is obviously a red-herring. The objective is to harass Liyani to force her to drops her case against government legal officers who wrongly prosecuted her.

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    More PAP pro-alien bullshit. It is better to keep things simple. It is not necessary to “ring-fence” certain jobs to protect Singaporean PMETs if the PAP-led government had the “guts” / give top priority to protect Singaporeans by cancelling the work visa of foreigners to force them to go home. Singaporeans can take over their job.

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  • Unconvinced:

    Just visit any of the G’s establishments and see if you can spot the foreigners working there, or talk to someone over the phone and guess from their accent where they come from. Maybe, he should start by ascertaining if any of the MPs are still foreign citizens by birth or naturalization, Malaysians in particular? Ring fence ?

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  • Gullible or mischievious:

    Some people are very gullible, swallowing and vomiting all kinds of rumours from around the world. Confirmed.

    Singapore R Free Rider: Gullible or mischievious:
    Some people are very gullible, swallowing and vomiting all kinds of rumours from around the world.

    If english veg’s PhD is fake, the evidence would have been blown up big big by now.

    Not real ?
    Your Democratic Progress Party copy from my master LKY who banned all news media from reporting the case. See this show my master LKY is the best.

    Please answer these questions.

    1. Fraudster President Tsai said she has 1.5 doctorate.
    Please show us which uni issued 1.5 doctorate.
    2. Fraudster President Tsai passed law to prevent the viewing of her academic qualification. Why she is so afraid to show her academic qualification.

    Can One Earn a PhD from LSE without a Thesis? The Bizarre Story of President
    Tsai
    https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/101939/1/MPRA_paper_101939.pdf

    First commoner to be sued by fraudster President Tsai
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE76fzR_dH4

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Gullible or mischievious:
    Some people are very gullible, swallowing and vomiting all kinds of rumours from around the world. Confirmed.

    你就只懂得这一句?
    你是那个施芳珑博士把“flag”念成“frog”。。。。哈哈哈没脑的1450和五毛
    https://www.taiwanus.net/news/press/2019/201910222227481835.htm

    你是台独呆湾人?有奶便是娘?

    民主进步堂(DPP)骗子蔡英文 1450头目楊蕙如?五毛?

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  • Smart Nation:

    Red herring:
    Straits Times: Law don looks at key aspect of High Court decision in Parti Liyani’s case

    “A law school don, studying one facet of the case involving former Indonesian domestic worker Parti Liyani, has argued that, based on precedents, there may be theft of a discarded item.”

    This is laughable. How can a “discarded item” be stolen? Stolen from whom?

    This is obviously a red-herring. The objective is to harass Liyani to force her to drops her case against government legal officers who wrongly prosecuted her.

    People used to discard their unwanted items outside the door for the “kahlong guni” man. In that case all the “kahlong guni” men have committed theft! LOL!

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  • Food Court Thieves?:

    And all the food courts through their cleaners are committing theft stealing the leftover food from customers.

    Good for Parti. She’s making legal history for Singapore!

    Smart Nation: People used to discard their unwanted items outside the door for the “kahlong guni” man. In that case all the “kahlong guni” men have committed theft! LOL!

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