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Foreigners ‘freelancing’ In Singapore

Recently, I needed to do renovation, started to research and call up those advertisements on social media and also carousell. I discovered so many foreigners doing these jobs, not a single Singaporean! Some already became PRs.

How did I find out? One painter came to paint my house, he told me to ask him find new customers, I asked him, “Isn’t that your company’s sales?”. He said he is his own boss, he just get a work pass from some company, park his name there and pay admin and levy fee. He said he is doing this for many years. And then later, I tried asking some PRCs who was doing some electronic installation, they also did the same. So these agents companies are recruiting all these foreigners who are paying admin fee and levies and be parked as employees but actually they do not work for the company at all.

The numbers of foreigners freelancing is not a small number, they are by the thousands and open secret for many.

Is this legal at all?

How many Singaporeans have suffered due to this?

How did MOM not know?

This country is selling our livelihood to foreigners. Is this what you voted for?

 

Reboot

 

 

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33 Responses to “Foreigners ‘freelancing’ In Singapore”

  • Merde!:

    Singaporeans fon’t want to do these painting and reno jobs. Even if they do, they price themselves out. A Sporean co quote 3K to paint my house, the two blangadeshis accepted 1K and set to woek quite happily. They even said if not happy with certain areas, they will touch up. But off course, the Indiaans only came with paint and brush, you have to cover your own furniture.

    Change rubbish chute cover done by Chinaman. Change toilet done by Malaysian and India Indian. Deliver wasjing machine done by cheerful Chinaman.

    Honestly, Singaporeans want these jobs? They only want the office ones.

    Judgung from the story, the foreigners are quite resourceful. If Sporeans go overseas, are they able to work out a deal or just play by the book? They discover how to just pay admin fee and be their own boss. Maybe the local agents gave them ideas.

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  • Harder Truths:

    When the cancer has already spread to every part of the body the only outcome is death (sooner or later). The local-born are facing extinction now that the FT cancer has spread everywhere. Do not have false hope. Get ready for the wake.

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  • Observer:

    I wonder whether insurance company will claim these are out of scope, illegal work, etc.

    Singaporeans should support Singaporean businesses.

    And American multinational corporations should support Singaporean businessmen who believe that people should obey GOD’s decision to give the Promised Land to Abraham’s descendants.

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  • Go Local!:

    I used to engage the help of a very good local painter who was able to paint my flat and even repaired the damaged ceiling (plaster) single-handedly, and at a reasonable rate compared to quotations from a few painting companies. I could tell he was very skilled at it. His brothers were also in the trade. He had an apprentice from China who became quite good; probably left him to start his own. It is time for Sg to train locals in skills like this so they can be their own bosses.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Merde!:
    Honestly, Singaporeans want these jobs? They only want the office ones.

    Very well said. Singaporeans just want to sit their butt in office air con only and to complain why today air con not cooling… that is about Singaporeans.

    Merde!:
    Judgung from the story, the foreigners are quite resourceful. If Sporeans go overseas, are they able to work out a deal or just play by the book? They discover how to just pay admin fee and be their own boss. Maybe the local agents gave them ideas.

    Yes, foreigners are super super resourceful.

    Heck, even my 10 years old nephew also very resourceful already know how to use Carousell to sell dicounted vouchers for their parent.

    This is why we PAP insist that FT create jobs for Singaporeans. The Singaporean company boss that hire them collect good money from the FT.

    This article show up that Opposition Singaporeans are stupid to the core.
    Oppie Singaporeans not innovative to think out of the box to challenge current norm like Ramesh who dare to challenge the security guard.

    So what these Oppie Singaporeans got NUS/NTU/SMU degree?
    Oppie Singaporeans are just plain stupid like a donkey.

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  • Supply and demand:

    @ Reboot,

    Perhaps your monthly income quite considerable high.

    You ask a pro company say Nippon paint to paint say a whole three room flat unit how much ? 1200 to 1500. You ask a foreign worker free lancing 400 excluding the paint plus accessories. And anything not satisfy they come back to touch up. Please ask around with your friends , colleagues and relatives if i b s.

    And is it true they help singaporean to save cost ? Yes singaporean objective met.

    And is it true they spoil the market ? Yes , but not my concern as does not affect me.

    In the end depends on your interest.

    @ Singaporeans fon’t want to do these painting and reno jobs. Even if they do, they price themselves out.

    To be fair , company different they have other liability. Need to cover insurance , work injury, office and store rental, vehicle,….etc. Have you paint the flat yourself e.g. All the ceiling. Few hours of keeping your neck up not easy while standing. You try you know.

    Singaporean dont want to do ?
    Not really a very fair statement. It’s your own house and you dont even want to paint it yourself. Either you waste a day or a few days. You want the hassle and time to do it yourself ?

    Everybody also want to work in a office nice cosy environments. The Indian also want to but they not educational and lack the knowledge or know how.
    China people different, they look at potential of monies. Whether they can steal your business behind and start their own.

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  • the ground for some implosion:

    //The numbers of foreigners freelancing is not a small number, they are by the thousands and open secret for many.

    Is this legal at all?

    How many Singaporeans have suffered due to this?//

    aiyoh. daft sinkies are undercut left, right, centre, top and bottom ??? sinkie land wide-wide-open-leg policy is laying the ground for some implosion (predictably and naturally ???) in times to come ???

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  • LoopHole Thru Nepal Variant:

    These manual labourers are needed in the Sinkiestan economy.
    They should be welcomed.
    We have no choice now.
    What we do not need, and must be weeded out are the scheming fake degree, fake covid test imports.
    People that would fly to Nepal to by-pass flight ban and thus endanger the whole Sinkiestan; we must also weed out the traitors that OKed such nefarious scheme.

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  • Merde!:

    I am alright with doing my own housework.But doing these as a profession invites aa lot of negative social vibes.

    I know of a School principal, VP, HODs and teachers make fun of school administratros (SA) because the SA oversees clerks, canteen operators and most of all cleaners. The teaching staff don’t want to do and make fun of others who do the job. Normally it’s the female teaching staff that do it. Local women are spoilt rotten because they don’t have to do anything except sit down and read or type. Two years of national service would do them a lot of good. Not fit to talk about good values like maturity when females are so lazy.

    If you ever worked with women you’ll know this – you help them can but don’t expect them to return the favour.

    These people aren’t fit to impart values such as humility. That’s why our grads mostly shun menial work, even though there’s nothing wrong with these jobs. It’s our snobbish society who want to stigmatize these jobs.

    Supply and demand:
    @ Reboot,

    Perhaps your monthly income quite considerable high.

    You ask a pro company say Nippon paint to paint say a whole three room flat unit how much ? 1200 to 1500. You ask a foreign worker free lancing 400 excluding the paint plus accessories. And anything not satisfy they come back to touch up. Please ask around with your friends , colleagues and relatives if i b s.

    And is it true they help singaporean to save cost ? Yes singaporean objective met.

    And is it true they spoil the market ? Yes , but not my concern as does not affect me.

    In the end depends on your interest.

    @ Singaporeans fon’t want to do these painting and reno jobs. Even if they do, they price themselves out.

    To be fair , company different they have other liability. Need to cover insurance , work injury, office and store rental, vehicle,….etc. Have you paint the flat yourself e.g. All the ceiling. Few hours of keeping your neck up not easy while standing. You try you know.

    Singaporean dont want to do ?
    Not really a very fair statement. It’s your own house and you dont even want to paint it yourself. Either you waste a day or a few days. You want the hassle and time to do it yourself ?

    Everybody also want to work in a office nice cosy environments. The Indian also want to but they not educational and lack the knowledge or know how.
    China people different, they look at potential of monies. Whether they can steal your business behind and start their own.

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  • Merde!:

    If you ever worked with local women before, a lot of them lazy, sexist, choosy about work, expect preferential treatment, double standards, don’t want to dirty their hands, entitled, demanding.

    No wonder local men are looking at foreign brides with more realistic expectations. Don’t marry a princess but marry a team player.

    Dear free rider

    the people benefiting mostly from FTs are the govt.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Very well said. Singaporeans just want to sit their butt in office air con only and to complain why today air con not cooling… that is about Singaporeans.

    Yes, foreigners are super super resourceful.

    Heck, even my 10 years old nephew also very resourceful already know how to use Carousell to sell dicounted vouchers for their parent.

    This is why we PAP insist that FT create jobs for Singaporeans. The Singaporean company boss that hire them collect good money from the FT.

    This article show up that Opposition Singaporeans are stupid to the core.
    Oppie Singaporeans not innovative to think out of the box to challenge current norm like Ramesh who dare to challenge the security guard.

    So what these Oppie Singaporeans got NUS/NTU/SMU degree?
    Oppie Singaporeans are just plain stupid like a donkey.

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  • Merde!:

    You know why people don’t want to do? Bcause I know of schhool admistrators (SA) who are in charge of school maaintenance being made fun of by female school principal, VP, HODs, teachers.

    And these female teachers want to preach humility and maturity when they are a bunch of childish goons whith zero respect for others.

    Nobody wants to work for lazy, childish, self righteous, women like these. All they want to do is just sit down and gossip and make personal attacks. Because they are even more childish than the children they teach!

    These people are responsible for the snobby attitudes that plague our socirty.

    Send your kids to good schools and they’ll only want to be boss or manager. Thats why the govt needs to source for FTs.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Very well said. Singaporeans just want to sit their butt in office air con only and to complain why today air con not cooling… that is about Singaporeans.

    Yes, foreigners are super super resourceful.

    Heck, even my 10 years old nephew also very resourceful already know how to use Carousell to sell dicounted vouchers for their parent.

    This is why we PAP insist that FT create jobs for Singaporeans. The Singaporean company boss that hire them collect good money from the FT.

    This article show up that Opposition Singaporeans are stupid to the core.
    Oppie Singaporeans not innovative to think out of the box to challenge current norm like Ramesh who dare to challenge the security guard.

    So what these Oppie Singaporeans got NUS/NTU/SMU degree?
    Oppie Singaporeans are just plain stupid like a donkey.

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  • nfff:

    Foreigners come here rent one room sleep with 4 room mate start a freelancing business, of course they can sell cheaper.

    From all the posts, it can be sure that Singaporeans are selfish, if it hurts their pockets, then FT is ok. They dont understand with or without the FTs, things have changed, even NTUC prices arent fair. The greed has taken into the deep bones of Singapore govt and Singapore businesses.

    PAPPY has imported all the cheap foreign workers but pile them with high levies. The same thing happens.

    This is why PSP said all able-bodied Singaporeans turn to delivering food for a living.

    If Singaporeans think this way, the end is near for most Singaporeans where you are PMETs or non PMETs, the result is zero sum game. Singapore govt has successfully manipulated the work force to favour replacement of Singaporeans at all levels from PMETs to menial jobs like food deliveries.

    God bless these bloody stupid fools.

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  • xoxo:

    Long ago,FT-sex workers oredy got PR so easily?

    The G always act tough with SGS but close both eyes to ALIENS?

    This is surely ILLEGAL.
    MR SHAN CAN VOUCH FOR IT.
    HE STICKS TO THE LAW,doesnt he?

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  • xoxo:

    Anyway,the PARKING-COMPANIES MOST LIKELY run by sgs?
    So,sgs screw other sgs?
    Are they from 61 pct?
    Probably.

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  • Supply and demand:

    Why bother what other people say ?

    Ask yourself are you doing something bad , causing harm to others or criminal ? Nope right, than f*** them ( of course not directly and make enemies ). Tell them is a family tradition. They are only outsiders. Why? They offer to pay 1500, 2000 or 3000 for you. If so they want to say anything by all means go ahead. I m 100% sure they only want to paparazzi but wont pay.

    If they want to talk let them. How long can they talk or keep repeating the same topic about you. 1 month 3 months 6 months…. Eventually people who sit with them will ask them to shut up. Sometime the people sitting with them actually support you but they dont show it initially.
    With patience and time , they will speak up for you.

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:

    The odds are stacked against locals. It’s seems to me that the govt and all sorts of businesses suddenly favored FTs from a few countries.

    What are locals to do? Look for a job and the only places that will hire are foodpanda, private hire car. Not much of a choice.

    Open your own business and the odds that many start ups don’t make it past two years. Because cost of doing business is very high.

    Spore is a very controlled environment. If the govt says something, the media anmd all the mindless will be parroting.

    Ballot box only option. So far it’s always around 60% Pap.

    nfff:
    Foreigners come here rent one room sleep with 4 room mate start a freelancing business, of course they can sell cheaper.

    From all the posts, it can be sure that Singaporeans are selfish, if it hurts their pockets, then FT is ok. They dont understand with or without the FTs, things have changed, even NTUC prices arent fair. The greed has taken into the deep bones of Singapore govt and Singapore businesses.

    PAPPY has imported all the cheap foreign workers but pile them with high levies. The same thing happens.

    This is why PSP said all able-bodied Singaporeans turn to delivering food for a living.

    If Singaporeans think this way, the end is near for most Singaporeans where you are PMETs or non PMETs, the result is zero sum game. Singapore govt has successfully manipulated the work force to favour replacement of Singaporeans at all levels from PMETs to menial jobs like food deliveries.

    God bless these bloody stupid fools.

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  • Reboot:

    The govt focuses on three major races to import and convert:-

    1. Malaysian Chinese (plus some other Chinese from PRC/Indonesia etc) – this is almost 50%
    2. India Indians – almost 25%
    3. ROW – the other 25%

    China PRCs are on the decline as they think they are better staying back in growing Superpower than migrate. Only Malaysians and Indians plus Pinoys are rushing into Singapore.

    I believe the PAPPY has been quite accurately collecting statistics on the unhappiness and also the mental state of most Singaporeans through many research and strategy agencies. They have been very successful in creating the right messages to brainwash Singaporeans into acceptance and repeating their propaganda because they know how most people think. Very successful in managing their political and brainwashing campaigns from the system, MSM and education. As a result, we have a population who does not really think through.

    Those who turned against them are those who are impacted, either they suffered or lost their jobs. Those who have jobs are being trapped in the rat mental programmed by PAPPY, just keep running the track mill.

    #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always: @@@

    You are very sharp and shrewd Singaporean, most Singaporeans are easily misled by MSM or their personal greed. I hope you can contribute more articles to enlighten these smart alexs who think they know whats going on.

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  • John Richards:

    Was told by a taxi driver that many of these freelancers come over from JB every morning. They do stuff like plumbing and aircon servicing among other things. Earn tax free Sing dollars but enjoy JB cost of living.

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  • Plug the loophole:

    Should plug the loophole…not fair to the legal employer.
    The country will suffer.

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:

    Thanks. Just sharing my thoughts. You are right on the personal greed thing as in the case of prices always going up. Even the elderly will vote PAP becos they’ll let foerigners in. The elderlies can then get rental income. Not to say I fault them as they need the money.

    Reboot:

    #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always: @@@

    You are very sharp and shrewd Singaporean, most Singaporeans are easily misled by MSM or their personal greed. I hope you can contribute more articles to enlighten these smart alexs who think they know whats going on.

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  • drop-out:

    Why govt allows “illegal workers” here?
    Is there no ministry in charge?
    Do they go around and check work-sites doing single house-rebuilding projects.
    Is FREE-LANCE “FT” LEGAL IN SG?
    LAW SOC,WHAT SAY YOU?
    MINISTER,HOW?

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  • Tremendous:

    The chiefs are now using public village funds to pay for foreigner villagers to be hired. Yes, this is happening now. Then leave the crumbs to local villagers. Try beating that!

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  • Singaporeahseng:

    Think this is illegal. Pay levy to company but dont work for company but instead go out and freelance? Shouldnt MOM freeze this illegal employment?

    Dont think they are covered by insurance. Also company only collect the fees and levy.

    Shouldnt MOM stopped this illegal work?

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  • Reboot:

    08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:
    May 28, 2021 at 9:46 am (Quote)

    Thanks. Just sharing my thoughts. You are right on the personal greed thing as in the case of prices always going up. Even the elderly will vote PAP becos they’ll let foerigners in. The elderlies can then get rental income. Not to say I fault them as they need the money.

    This is where personal greed and stupidity overcomes the big picture. The big picture is more and more locals are discriminated at work or face unfair competition from free lance, end up either unemployed or underemployed.

    These old folks only think of rental income but never the future of their children and Singapore. This is a common problem with many voters which form 61%, they are myopic in view and nett nett, they are worst off when their kids are reduced to grab food delivery rider or sitting at home waiting for rental.

    The education and the brainwashing are good to lure Singaporeans to think myopically so that the PAP continues to rule with their lousy policies.

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  • Harder Truths:

    These are not foreigners. These are citizens who have not converted yet. So that’s ok right? (Oh and no need to do NSF/NSR. YAY!).

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  • TIME TO WAKEUP:

    The extreme high of living in Singapore,(the world highest in the world )mostly created by PAP gagmt through high levies,GST,indirect taxes,extremely high rentals,high school fees,car parkk charges ,ERP charges,transport charges go up etc,etc resulted in everything go up by 100 percent.
    FOOD in markets,foodc centres all shoot by almost double over the last 12 mths.
    Water bill have 3 layer of taxes,pse look overleaf the PUB bill each mth u will be shocked by the amt of increases.
    Electricity tariffs many times increase over 12 mths.
    Minimum wage of at least $1800(including medical bills,Medishield charge break into mthly charges a mth )if one is to above the subsistence level.
    DONT COMPLAIN ,GO AND JOIN OPPOSITION PARTIES TO ADD STRENGTH AND HELP THEM WIN MORE SEATS ,SO AS TO PRESSURE THE PAP GAGMT TO WAKEUP AND BE ACCOUNTABLE,AND TO REDUCE COSTS OF LIVINGS.
    Open door policies of welcoming foreigners to depress local wages…resulted in employers engaging Malaysians as it is much cheaper….some more they dont serve NS,while local serve NS and get deprived of jobs….and this is what get from a gagmt who dont ready want to help common Singaporeans.
    As Singaporeans earning lesser and no job
    resulting BIRTH RATE drop drastically.
    Very soon in 10yrs foreigners dominate the land and will be our Master.
    Singaporeans will be slaves ,3rd class citizens.
    Go and join oppositions now otherwise will be too late for your children,grandchildren survival.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Very well said. Singaporeans just want to sit their butt in office air con only and to complain why today air con not cooling… that is about Singaporeans.

    Yes, foreigners are super super resourceful.

    Heck, even my 10 years old nephew also very resourceful already know how to use Carousell to sell dicounted vouchers for their parent.

    This is why we PAP insist that FT create jobs for Singaporeans. The Singaporean company boss that hire them collect good money from the FT.

    This article show up that Opposition Singaporeans are stupid to the core.
    Oppie Singaporeans not innovative to think out of the box to challenge current norm like Ramesh who dare to challenge the security guard.

    So what these Oppie Singaporeans got NUS/NTU/SMU degree?
    Oppie Singaporeans are just plain stupid like a donkey.

    You are really talking thru your cock! If Singaporeans “only want air-con office jobs” nobody will do delivery for Grab. The fact that many Singaporeans who were former PMETs are doing food delivery now shows that Singaporeans are not spoilt!

    And if NUS and NTU grads cannot find proper jibs, this is because of the education system created by none other than PAP govt, ok?

    So please shaft your own cock into your own asshole now to remain shut!

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  • Observer:

    What kind of world do we live in anymore, if people praise criminal activities as being resourceful?

    Does law punish good people?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Observer:
    What kind of world do we live in anymore, if people praise criminal activities as being resourceful?

    Does law punish good people?

    Nothing criminal about what the company is doing as both parties gave their consent to it. It is called mutual agreement and innovative thinking.

    Just answer me, is this below criminal ?
    “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
    ― Desmond Tutu
    Is this criminal?

    . Why Americunts only care about XingJiang muslim human rights but not Palestine muslim human rights who are suffering from Israel aggression?
    Is this criminal?

    Americunts are always betraying others for their own cuntry interest. Is this criminal?

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  • Prophet Conono virus:

    To qualify as PR, excluding dependents, i believe one has to have a job.

    I have witnessed many Grab food people are PR. Some i suspect lose their jobs. So, are these still lying around occupying jobs for the jobless?

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  • So what ?:

    So what? Singaporeans not linking can go n join LKY, u think they care with their millions n can anytime ownself give ownself. U complain no use? U not likvking what? See licking can lie to the judges n AGC checks n do with bonus like Liew n son! This is SIzn. They now calling you to praise them n the lickers to be honored while u may have to go crowd funding. We work together. I get millions. U can go to hell! Ha ha ha daft garbage!

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  • Grapped by the Balls Go Jack:

    Its so common when i speak to a Grab rider, that they have malaysiab chinese accent. I asked many of these, why they doing grab.

    Many of them say they lost their jobs. Yet they doing grab and staying in sg . I thought their PR status requires them to have a proper job with certain level of income?

    They are taking jobs and food orders away from citizens.

    Grab founders coincidentally were all born malaysians.

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  • The Reality:

    Singaporeans are under-changed in the Singapore market.

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