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Open letter to Manpower Minister Tan See Leng

Dear Minister Tan See Leng,

This is an open letter as a handful of citizens may be interested in the matter of “employment disconnect” as seen from the eyes of a real citizen. From your ministerial statement made on 6th July 2021, you declared:

1) “Today we still have about 22,000 PME jobs that are not filled. Companies are desperate to fill these jobs, and would love to take in Singaporeans if they could, because they would be more productive. So why are these jobs not filled till now?”, and
2) “The citizen unemployment rate over the past decade has been consistently low at around 3%”.

Minister Sir, then it is time for all of us to celebrate and smell the roses………. if the above statements are true. That SG is actually experiencing full employment status as defined by textbook economists.

If you would take the effort to leave his Ivory tower and spend some money to support our Grab and private hire drivers and chat with them about why they are driving instead of being driven, then the Minister would tear up his stacks of data and bin them.

You will find your trip well spent and highly educational. Most of us speak good English. Able to talk about social, political, and diversified matters that come with our world-class education system. If you close your eyes, you could have sworn that you are actually speaking with a PMET. Imagine that. Like the CECA Indians, we the PMET drivers are everywhere!

The next question as a competent Minister of Manpower would ask ” why are you risking your life by driving for 8 to 12 hours a day without rest when there are 22,000 PMET jobs sitting around?”

Why indeed. As a humble PMET driver, I can only postulate that it is because there is a Blockage that is stopping these jobs from being filled by SG. This also applies to the thousands of delivery drivers, food Pandas, security officers, supervisors and those who simply give up and slip through the cracks and out of the system.

Your 3% unemployment rate would look rather untenable if you factor in the thousands that are not working in the appropriate jobs as commensurate with their experiences and educational level. A term that MOM should start adopting in your statistics – Underemployment. Indeed you have an Army of Underemployed citizens to add to your data!

By now, your senses must be chiming with a small alarm bell that not all is rosy at the grassroots level. Either the vacancies data you are provided with are false, thus permitting the hordes of PRs and new citizens continued and unrestricted entry into SG or a blockage that is undermining our ability to access these 22,000 PMET jobs. Or both.

I, like many others, have applied repeatedly for jobs that are in line with our expertise and experiences. Yet, over the 8 years of applications, I received less than 10 calls and 2 interviews. I assure you that I am not alone in this matter. I assure you that it has nothing to do with lack of skills upgrading too. This is some diversionary tactic to detract us from the grim fact that our jobs are simply taken over regardless of skills, salaries, and experiences. For many of us, this exercise is actually skills “downgrading”.

As a responsible Minister, I urge you to be more proactive in this matter by:

1. Check and confirm that there are actually 22,000 PMET jobs available. Not just a number that has not been refreshed and gathering dust.
2. Deploy some manpower and speak with Real people on the ground driving, delivering, guarding, cleaning, and other jobs…….why they are doing what they are doing. Is this to keep fit, hobby, list of things to do before dying or lack of proper jobs?
3. Include in your database, the status of “Underemployed” citizens for this group is not insignificant. This will provide a more realistic reflection on our state of employment.
4. Set up a “Sting” operation to flush out why these vacancies are blocked or even “gamed” and still not filled despite your so-called best efforts.

How?

Use actual CVs of unemployed PMETs to test the usual routes to potential employers and monitor what happens with the applications. Keep in close communication with the applicants.

If nothing happens after 1 month (no calls at all), then pay a friendly visit to the employer and enquire about the status of these unfilled jobs without giving their HR knowledge that the MOM has been monitoring the application.

I am sure that along with the thousands of unemployed PMETs, we will be very interested in learning why these jobs remain unfilled and what gems the MOM may uncover on the proviso that you are willing to reveal them.

We, the people of our beloved red dot, are mostly not smelling roses but the pong of Titan Arum aka “smelliest flower in the world”. I urge you along with our esteemed Ministers to cast off your suits and really start looking with fresh eyes instead of burying yourselves in statistics for you are losing touch with your own people – I mean Singaporeans who have served the Army, reservists and wives and mothers that bore them.

 

Your humble GRAB driver,
Philip Wen

 

 

 

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42 Responses to “Open letter to Manpower Minister Tan See Leng”

  • viva la companie:

    Welcome FTs who are good and better qualified is good for everyone.
    Competition is good for “consumers”, the more competition,the better.
    If we are afraid of REAL FOREIGN TALENTS,we are doomed.

    But,no Fake Talents,please.
    It is the govt’s responsibility to ensure Sg imports only Real FTs.
    So far,this may not be the case as seen by lowering of national productivity.
    Our youths need to compete fairly.

    Let the best talents bring Sg forward.
    Lazy people must wake up.
    Lazy gahment must ensure due diligence.

    Welcome to real foreign talents.

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  • PME jobs:

    Any PME jobs below $1,000 a month?

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  • Absurdity:

    Philip Wen, your thoughts are well penned. One article from you is enough.

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  • Reality:

    The underemployment situation of many PMETs ,especially the older one is a serious problem that has not been resolve for so many years.
    Need to do some drastic action on our errant employers/HR who are the main culprit.
    Policy Failure.
    Need to face the reality and do something concrete about it.

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  • $Huat$ $Hut$ $Huat$:

    My take. Basically they trashed all those CVs that have Singapore Citizen written on them.

    I worked in Malaysia for a while. Employers always ask if I’m Malaysian. If I say I’m Sporean, they look disapppointed. Becuase they are thinking must pay CPF.

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  • Flickshit:

    You are writing this is no use as these idiots has sold their soul to the devil. They know but pretending that he are right. They only want fame, power and money.

    Let them enjoy these for a while as they are blinded with the above mentioned.
    I can only say that when they are in the last breath, they will be thrown into the deepest pits as they are control by the devil.

    Just let it be as Heaven got eyes to see..

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  • kannan:

    How many people do you have in this island?

    You want to compete with the talents of the world, 1 billion of them, coming in freely?

    India alone would have at least 100m talents that are better than your 1m talent. Let them come and compete with your 1m talent?

    Let the best talents bring Singapore forward? You would not stand a chance to get a job against these talents.

    Stupidity has no cure.

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  • CarLung-CarBoat Ststistics:

    Could the statistics have been prepared in a CarLung-Carboat manner of simply plucked from thin air?

    Will there ever be a ministrial assurance that citizen jobseekers’ CVs will not be treated like CarLung Guni items? If there is an assurance, how will it be implemented , executed and/or enforced?

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  • No wonder:

    Sheep have little brains. They are also parrots repeating after their masters. Talents come in. Singaporeans go P. Tekong.

    kannan:
    How many people do you have in this island?

    You want to compete with the talents of the world, 1 billion of them, coming in freely?

    India alone would have at least 100m talents that are better than your 1m talent. Let them come and compete with your 1m talent?

    Let the best talents bring Singapore forward? You would not stand a chance to get a job against these talents.

    Stupidity has no cure.

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  • is it plucked from the sky:

    //Check and confirm that there are actually 22,000 PMET jobs available.//

    aiyoh. is it plucked from the sky huh ??? or just tally it from the wayang online job advertisements (repeated & recycled ones ???) ???? why not just advertise the 22,000 jobs available in some not-so-wayang garment websites ???

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    talking to pap is as good as playing the guitar to the cow.

    there won’t be any result.

    the only way to get result, and fast result, is to vote PSP WP in 2024.

    there is no other way.

    after over 50 years of talking to pap, don’t we see it is easier to remove pap than to have pap listen and improve?

    if PSP WP are not fighting in your wards, no problem. vote anything anybody as long as they are not from pap.

    if we continue as we are now, life will be far harder for future generations of dump sheep. we do what is right. whether they appreciate or not is immaterial.

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  • nathan chen:

    What to do? If you say, VTO(Vote them out) the Pipigs will laugh in your face. I think even the writer of this article thinks such thoughts are a waste of time and too far fetch.

    Everyone knows why the former MOM’s minister Tan Chuan Jin was promoted downstairs to Speaker from a minister. Tan went too far with his Wayang when he legislated TAFEP(The Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practice)
    The New MOM ministers Tan See Leng could not have missed the writing on the wall.

    Tan See Leng won’t be doing anything that could endanger the PAP’s open leg policy any time soon.

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  • Billy ma:

    If lhl has zero interest to listen to anybody, surely you don’t want to place any hope on this newbie.

    Singaporeans know well why these people join PAP.
    One thing for sure, it’s not because of their overflowing desire to serve the people.

    Such letters, suggestions, & proposals are only good for the record.

    History & policies are decided by the victors.

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  • Asd:

    I think Ms sun sympathise Vietnamese ktv case but she does nothing about the local obstrsized by the racist hiring by foriegner who did not do ns for the nation but comes in as free rider to enjoy the fruits of labour by locals forefather

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  • Protect Aliens Party:

    See Leng is a dead dragon in hokkien. I bet he won’t be in parliament for long.

    Heard of …. one mountain cannot hide two tigers (一山不能容二虎)? Same for dragons la. Cannot have 2 dragons at the same place.

    But our parliament now has 2 dragons. One sian one already there for so loong, so useless. Then come another ‘see’ one. What do you think a see leng (dead dragon) can do? And when the sian one refused to retire, it means the ‘see’ one ‘bao see’, won’t last long in parliament.

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  • holeejinx:

    hbo cfo once told me in exact word (you singaporeans so dumb keep thinking we indians only come here and take your jobs? we also shipped your jobs back to india where i can get cheaper accounting and IT work done there by our relatives)

    i feel like punching him but if 60% singaporeans voted for these outcome therefore i also lanlan…..

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  • Smart Nation:

    holeejinx:
    hbo cfo once told me in exact word (you singaporeans so dumb keep thinking we indians only come here and take your jobs? we also shipped your jobs back to india where i can get cheaper accounting and IT work done there by our relatives)

    i feel like punching him ed for these outcome therefore i also lanlan…..

    Not just accounting and IT, also legal work can be outsourced. I read sometime back in the news of an Indian lawyer who left the US to start her own law firm in India doing work for US companies and law firms. How about that? If all these professional work can be outsourced for less, what is going to happen to our local grads?

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  • MarBowling:

    Protect Aliens Party:
    July 29, 2021 at 5:44 pm (Quote)
    See Leng is a dead dragon in hokkien. I bet he won’t be in parliament for long.

    Heard of …. one mountain cannot hide two tigers (一山不能容二虎)? Same for dragons la. Cannot have 2 dragons at the same place.

    But our parliament now has 2 dragons. One sian one already there for so loong, so useless. Then come another ‘see’ one. What do you think a see leng (dead dragon) can do? And when the sian one refused to retire, it means the ‘see’ one ‘bao see’, won’t last long in parliament.

    Response: Great observation. Inside the Toxic and Highly Infected DEN oops Cupboard aka Cabinet there are a LOONG TERM Squatting Sian Dragon, Now dropped in a Dead Dragon plus those EXISTING VENOMOUS Snakes, Rats, and VICIOUS and HUNGRY Lapdogs all JOSTLING for POWER and POSITION to see who CAN come out ON TOP, TO REMAIN STATUS QUO or if POSSIBLE USURP the Sian Dragon, currently the UNDISPUTED SITTING BULL SQUATTING on the Imperial Throne! As you have said nicely, for HIS OWN GOOD, See Leng aka Dead Dragon shouldn’t STAY TOO LOONG inside this Say Shh Yak Woh DEN oops Cabinet. Like Simon always say: what do you think?

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  • Until I read this letter, I don’t even know that he existed and is a Minister!

    Must be one of those parachutted one, quietly collecting his millions type.

    Clever person.

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  • doctor no:

    TRE Techie
    This guy former doctor,GP.
    Sold his GP group to Parkway.
    Became Group CEO.
    Step down to become minister.

    Made enough money.
    Minister Pay is peanuts only.
    Making fame more important for him.

    But better than some jokers like OYK or Kee Chiu.
    This guy works hard at least,outcome another story.

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  • cummingsdiesel:

    Something is wrong.

    Singaporeans have highest ave IQ in the world at 108 & joint #1 with HK.
    https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/average-iq-by-country

    Singapore institutes of education are amongst the top in the world (NUS #27 & NTU #47). Believe that the Polys and other institutes are also highly ranked (someone help with reference pls.)
    https://www.scimagoir.com/rankings.php?sector=Higher%20educ.

    Singaporeans are mostly bilingual – English & mother tongue. Definitely an asset.

    What about productivity? By right, when a population is highly educated & trained, the productivity is high. Singapore is ranked #17. Would have expected Singapore to be ahead of Indonesia (#3). Lost even to its student, China (#4). Remember Deng Xiao Peng came over to learn from Singapore in the 90s? Now the student is ahead.
    https://priceonomics.com/ranking-the-most-and-least-productive-countries/

    Why is 3rd world labour preferred over Singaporeans, resulting in underemployment?

    Just something to chew on.

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  • @doctor no

    Ah… the status, power and privileges that come with membership of the All White Club. I see.

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  • MarBowling:

    TRE Techie:
    July 30, 2021 at 1:27 pm (Quote)
    Until I read this letter, I don’t even know that he existed and is a Minister!

    Must be one of those parachutted one, quietly collecting his millions type.

    Clever person.

    Response: totally agree that he is INDEED A CLEVER PERSON. If not, how come Mai Hum has bestowed him the SAME STATUS as ex-Finance Minister Richard Hu the Hell who was OUT OF THIN AIR, parachuted into the ParLeeMent as a FOOL oops FULL Minister without going through those Wayang Baby steps of acting as MOS, then SMOS!

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  • flickshit:

    this minister is just another idiot. He talks like another clown who is blinded by money, power and fame lah.

    from the look of his face and speech, you can feel all these lies are from his heart to please the master.

    All are in the same boats to lies and cheat.

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  • Ah heng is really heng!:

    Ah heng sweet cake now smiling and happy.

    Pandemic, ceca, east coast no longer his problems as he is reaching the end of the short runway. Just collect $millions.

    This new chap TSL is also on the short runway. Who cares!

    You die your business

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  • Asd:

    I think no enforcement then no need have rules why create rules and regulation

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  • MarBowling:

    Ah heng is really heng!:
    July 31, 2021 at 1:15 pm (Quote)
    Ah heng sweet cake now smiling and happy.

    Pandemic, ceca, east coast no longer his problems as he is reaching the end of the short runway. Just collect $millions.

    This new chap TSL is also on the short runway. Who cares!

    You die your business

    Response: Heng Heng Sweet Cake NOW Not only smiling and HAPPY like Fiack, also once a while go FLY KITE at East Coast Park with his FamiLEE! This Smiling Tiger REALLY knows WHEN to call it QUIT!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    TRE Techie:
    Until I read this letter, I don’t even know that he existed and is a Minister!

    Must be one of those parachutted one, quietly collecting his millions type.

    Clever person.

    Yes, he just took over from Josephine Teo. Josepine Teo already forgotten about her screwed up in foreign workers dormitory Covid clusters. She doesn’t need to apologise now even if the worker asked for it.

    Now Josephine is enjoying her sex in small space without a worry about Covid 19 now. And her husband making $$$ from “volunteer” of services in supply to the foreign workers’ accommodation.

    For the next GE, she will come up to tell Jalan Besar GRC voters how all the great things she had done. I am not sure she is smarter or the voters are smarter. Let’s see.

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  • Unhappy with pap:

    If you are not happy with what the pap govt is doing , VOTE FOR THE
    OPPOSITION IN THE NEXT ELECTION !

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  • Jenny Soon:

    So sad to end up in this situation
    Many bums come and go MOM but problems left with no improvement only bullshitting of the highest order and the devious kind

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  • Great retort by Max Le Blond:

    NotMyProblem: Yes, he just took over from Josephine Teo. Josepine Teo already forgotten about her screwed up in foreign workers dormitory Covid clusters. She doesn’t need to apologise now even if the worker asked for it.

    Now Josephine is enjoying her sex in small space without a worry about Covid 19 now. And her husband making $$$ from “volunteer” of services in supply to the foreign workers’ accommodation.

    For the next GE, she will come up to tell Jalan Besar GRC voters how all the great things she had done. I am not sure she is smarter or the voters are smarter. Let’s see.

    Wow this wooman. Now she is into freezing ‘eggs’ for non medical reason.?? More urgent in this pandemic times? We should be asking how state funds are spent? Fortunate she is not your MP else you would be getting scolding from her yet without any shameness that she is collecting her millions without caring for her residents.

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  • Trust only myself:

    The writer is talking about issues many smart people knew for years or decades…..

    Wonder who he voted for, either way no point complaining…….

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  • TIPS to All Deliverers:

    To all Food Deliverers,
    Notice that Tips is given via apps. But this info technically can be hidden from you. Yes, at times you get to see from apps some tips. But does that mean all tips? We dont know.

    So it must be made a law all tips be given in cash.

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  • Elite:

    You are talking about Indian PME.
    Now go to the hawker Centers and Eatery establishment. Most PRC running the stalls.
    How did these PRC managed to get to own or run the stalls. Or are they allow to work part time like the KTV.
    Or are they using head count. Head count are been practicing long ago. One could check whether every year these Companies are using head count by checking on the employees whether they received yearly increments. If head count been used then head count Singaporeans in the statistics are not jobless. So opening out the flaws in the statistic.

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  • threesixty:

    I think the main reasons FT are so attractive they are cheaper than locals. FT pay higher in over all taxes and levies. It’s a triple win win win situation for employer, employee and the authority. How to beat this?

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  • Screwed by PeeAndPoo:

    Question – who set this up to disadvantage locals?

    threesixty:
    I think the main reasons FT are so attractive they are cheaper than locals. FT pay higher in over all taxes and levies. It’s a triple win win win situation for employer, employee and the authority. How to beat this?

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  • The real economy crisis:

    The productivity and quality.

    So many fake CV PMETs coming to Singapore and Low caliber too.

    I don’t understand why our government keep importing such Low caliber and poor work ethnic foreign PMETs who going to trash our economy, at least in some sectors, at the same time many singaporean PMETs are under employed and deprived of jobs.

    The relentless import of Low caliber and poor ethnic foreigner workers going to make Singapore working population less competitive compared to north east Asia especially China when younger generations are learning English and speak much better accent (though grammar might not match our A level English). When one day US decided not engage in trade war with China, most Asia pacific HQs will be relocated to Shanghai (e.g. Adidas) , Singapore relegated to SEA HQs. Many singaporean never travel to China do not know the advanced infrastructure of China and how well the young generations speak English.

    Good luck my Singapore! I choose not to retire in Singapore because it’s sad to see Singapore deteriorating year by year due large import of fake foreign talents.

    Suggestion: why not import more south East Asian Chinese PMETs and north East Asians provide more opportunities for the majority singaporean Chinese in marriage and baby making.

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  • MoM what happen ?:

    Was shock to find few FTs Nursing Manager on EP at a Private Clinic,while the more experienced local staff work under them with lower pay.
    Worse the FTs are related.
    MOM must be sleeping to approved their EPs…Something is very wrong.

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  • blueview:

    PM Lee’s 3 eyes are WIDE OPENED now!!! Maybe Prince Harry awoke him!

    Our PM has acknowledged the problem and I just hope his acknowledgement is sincere and honest. Let’s wait and see…..too early to compliment anyone right now. Is it going to be a short term or long term solution?

    Tech: Ever heard of teh phrase “You trust teh PAPies you die faster”?

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  • Shits look adter themselves:

    These shits know how to pay themselves millions n increase their pay. The rest they only fart n if questioned, this secret that cannot tell. The only way is to boot them n them criminalized them. See CBs all over. They said rime they commit r not crimes n the whole professional remain mute n wait for the NDHonou. See the list n u will have no doubt. Professionals in Singspore rdead.
    Lhl was known to have cancer same as president ong n at the same time. At that time many seniors thoughtit was fake. Ong died but…
    Now the WTzF covid n doc said cancer patient should not be jabbed. Lhl said on tv he got the jab. Which is he lying? The jab or his cancer. No wonder seniors dont believe he is talking but believe he is farting. Which he is lying? He should come clean? Else senior still think he is like liew mun leong who is jinxed with $25 mi for ??? Service incl lying in court n the Bench n CBs can’t di anything? Wonder whether he will test the police next by li
    Ling somebody in front of istana n get away with it for double what he getfor humiliatipng the rgt

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  • James128976:

    Lot of people from India working in Singapore with fake work experience, initially they could not job in India and they came here and got the job with fake experience and compete with locals. they are not real talent and some people give money to get job

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  • Reality on the ground:

    Reality on the ground.’
    Many more than qualified local PMETs has applied for so called 22,000 Vacant posts but never get any call for interview.
    Something is very wrong.Nothing to do with Singaporean without experience or skills.
    MOM need to do a thorough study why this is happening.
    A large group of local underemployed PMETs…

    Foe a start ,MOM should post FT EP job (Experience ,Qualification and Pay)for renewable and see any qualified underemployed local Singaporean PMETs apply directly to MOM to get the real situation on the ground.Try that for a month.The truth will come out.

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