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The struggles and plight of native Singaporean

The struggles and plight of many of our fairly decently educated but underemployed or unemployed native Singaporeans is real and heartbreaking, especially those who are middle aged with both seniors and juniors at home and maybe even with a home mortgage thrown in.

In the face of a prolong pandemic becoming an endemic, many of them are struggling hard with their heads just above water and I personally know of a few such people. They are not lazy bums.

I feel that enough have been said, explained and defended by pap ministars in Parliament alearly but to me, they are nothing more than textbook knowledge and regurgitations. In short, more of the same.

I have a suggestion.

In order that the ministers can have a deeper grasp of the harsh employment realities on the ground level, I suggest that the ministers and the NTUC can engage people as undercover, hide their true identities and pretend to be our typical job seekers applying for jobs that pay a monthly salary of about S$4,500/ across the various still employing spectrums of our economy and hopefully, the experience and results gathered can at least give pap millionaire ministars and NTUC a better, clearer and more accurate ideas of the employment situations, challenges that native Singaporean job seekers face, employers’ expectations, prejudices, where and what our Singaporean job seekers lack, lose out or fall short of etc.

Hopefully, armed with that real life experimentations and experiences, issues such as lax immigration resulting in foreigners stealing our better jobs, unrealistic applicant’s expectations, employers’ preferences or skill mismatch will be given a sharper focus and recalibration to government policies.

I hope that my suggestion can be worthy of some considerations and experimentations even though they are not foolproof.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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34 Responses to “The struggles and plight of native Singaporean”

  • Billy ma:

    I don’t believe PAP is not aware of the real actual situation.

    PAP is simply refusing to admit their mistakes & the best way is to argue its way out.

    PAP especially lhl has never nor will ever admit their mistakes, & definitely not this major policy screwup.

    Let lhl & PAP win the argument battles for now, lets win this war in next GE.

    In the coming days weeks months, PAP will be pushing the same lies with manipulated data & thinking many Singaporeans will at least be trapped in their webs of lies.

    To fool some is the game PAP is engaging.

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  • underemployment issues:

    underemployment and unemployment of our PMETs ,especially senior PMETs is a serious issues.
    The culprit is our Employer/HR system that works against them.

    Unless we acknowledge the problem is real ,the solution is no where in sight.

    Too many PMETs are suffering,make worse by the Pandemic.

    Time to act…before their anger translate to vote.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    It is pointless to KPKB to the PAP million dollars clowns, many of them are holding multiple directorships in private companies. The conflict of interest, do you think these PAP clowns will protect stinkies or themselves and collect more millions of dollars in bonuses.

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  • I have solution:

    Why vote MPs who bochup?
    Vote OPPO MPs and you will see MINISTERS begin to work hard for you.
    Vote Dr Tan Cheng Bock,Dr Chee,Lim Tean,KJ,Prof Paul T.,Dr Ang,and many others to replace OYK,Kee Chiu,Desmond Lee,Lawrence Wong,Josephine Teo,,so many others who are useless a d bochup you live or die.
    If possible,vote oppo at AMK.

    You w.ll see changes and better livelihood.

    No harm trying.

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  • Harder Truths:

    These same people keep voting in the clowns, especially the older generation. And they will continue to do so election after election. Let them get what they deserve, it does not matter anymore. Locals are finished, they are almost fully replaced.

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  • Hopeful Simon:

    If they know, they will surely help.

    Simon, you never heard of “you die, your business!”

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  • Time To Wake UP:

    Yah, why be so stupid to vote for a party who will ultimately screw you up?

    The PAP have not been doing their job and look after themselves. Up to now LHL has not decreased the salaries of the million dollar Ministers while Singaporeans are unemployed or under employed getting very low salaries.

    Come the next GE , sack the PAP outright. No second thought.

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  • Dr Ho:

    Salute you

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  • Beehi:

    Tell mos.not to suck blood?

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  • zoro:

    Just remove the T and change the subject title to
    ‘The struggles and plight of NAIVE Singaporean’

    Things will suddenly be very Clear & all mysteries solved.

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  • MarBowling:

    Harder Truths:
    August 2, 2021 at 10:48 pm (Quote)
    These same people keep voting in the clowns, especially the older generation. And they will continue to do so election after election. Let them get what they deserve, it does not matter anymore. Locals are finished, they are almost fully replaced.

    Response: well said. Most of these older folks have this Holee thought 24/7/365, especially on the POLLING DAY in every GE: “Without Lee Kayu and the PAPigs, there will be NO SINGAPORE”!

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  • Too Late:

    Simon, it is naive for anyone to think the Pappies are not aware of the situation. But the fact of the matter is that as long as they know there are enough people in Sg (esp new citizens) to vote them to win an election, they will not do anything much to tackle the problems. Why? Because if they do, it means there’s less $$$ left for themselves.

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  • Pap FAIL MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIE:

    The problem can be easily solved if Singaporeans are not daily brainwashed by the MSM, who cannot perform their vital duties to Singaporeans of telling the truths.
    Instead they keep misleading Singaporeans ,as they are paid by their political masters.
    change can only come if the oppositions captured 40% of parliament seats.
    With 10% of parliament seats by oppositions, the PAP gagmt can ignore the grievances of Singaporeans and keep misleading Singaporeans.
    Only opposition have enough strength in PARLIAMENT then PAP gagmt will CHANNGE ATTITUDE AND LISTEN TO PEOPLE GRIEVANCES AND STRUGGLES OF SURVIVAL.
    ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT , WOULD NOT CHANGE.
    NOW with huge majority, they change the GST cash vouchers for the poor,from yearly $600 which had been for many years to $500( $200 in 1st July ,$300 end of July this yr),despite the facts prices of foods and things,and many things go up by more than 100% over past 18mths.
    The GST cash vouchers should be increased to $1000 yearly,instead of deducting $100 from $600.
    BARISAN NATIONAL WHEN IN POWER GAVE THE POOR AND OLD PEOPLE,RM$2000 YEARLY
    AND DESPITE THE FACT THEIR COSTS OF LIVING IS ONE SIXTH THAT OF SINGAPOORE.
    Mind u GST is going to increase FURTHER by 2% as PAP gagmt had mentioned….to 9%
    THIS $500 GST CAsh vouchers THIS YEAR ,CANNOT COPE WITH HUGE RISE OF INCREASES IN FOODS,fruits,vegs groceries and many things.
    WITH THE LAND SALE OF ABOUT $14 BILLIONS EACH YR, THE GAGMT SHOULD USE SOME TO DEFRAY THE COST OF LIVING OF THE PORO AND OLD PEOPLE
    VOTE FOR MORE OPPOSTIONS IF U WANT CHANGE,AND TO PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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  • Smart Nation:

    The “gods” are unmoved and untouched by human sufferings. They live in a different realm from mortals like us. You are asking too much of them to come down to your realm. All they want is to be feared so that you do not disturb their rest with too much noise and complaint. LOL!

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  • Fakers alot:

    How many fake degree holders are out there?

    Sin schools n students tried so hard to get into elite schs.

    But fakers best them all?

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  • PAP "beaten to the pulp":

    There are now 93 active COVID clusters and still going up.

    WHAT IS THE SCORE: 3 PAP Ministers (with “4-rings fix”): O COVID-19: 93

    Three million $ PAP ministers “routed”, “beaten to the pulp” and the game is NOT over. COVID will hit 100 tomorrow and keep going.

    The number of active cases will likely be 200+ by the time PM makes his National Day Rally speech on 29 Aug. Will he admit defeat and apologise? Will the 3 PAP Ministers running the multi-agency task force commit hara-kiri?

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    The BEST (and also CHEAPEST) way to help Singaporeans cope with the pandemic is to cancel the work visa of foreigners to force them to leave Singapore. Singaporeans can takeover their job. This will also create a shortage of workers pushing up wages. This will help Singaporeans who still have jobs.

    Sending foreigners home solves both unemployment and underemployment of Singaporeans.

    SINGAPOREANS FIRST. ALWAYS.

    SEND FOREIGNERS HOME NOW.

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  • Prices keep going up!:

    The incessant increases in prices of food and necessities aggravate the insecurity felt by the underemployed citizens, more so the jobless, made worst by Covid19 pandemic.

    As the number of jobless and underemployed rises, THE ROAD AHEAD will see more families in dire strait and malfunctioning due to breakup in marriages. Children and elderly are the ones who will suffer most.

    It is the duty of the government to ensure that none of its adversely affected citizens are chased out of their flats, be it purchased or rental. Otherwise, more destitutes will sprawl on THE ROAD AHEAD, all over the island.

    And this Rich Country will be in a State of Chaos if its Billionaires and MultiMillionaires play deaf and blind.

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  • Pap FAIL MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIE:

    Many ministers and PAP MPs are holding many directorships, so the time dedicated to solving the nation problems are NOT FOCUSED.
    SINGAPOREANS 61% NOW voted for PAP GAGMT , NOW REALISED THAT THEY WERE MISLED BY PAP GE PROPAGANDAS.
    YOUR CHILDREN,NEXT FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE AT STAKE IF U GIVE THAN 90% OF PATLIAMENT SEATS.
    U MUST ONLY GIVE 55% OF PATLIAMENT SEATS TO PAP PARTY, WITH 45% TO VARIOUS OPPOSITION PARTIES A=TO CHECK AND QUESTION THEM VIGORIOUSLY PAPGAGMT POLICIES….
    MORE OPPOSITONS FROM VARIOUS PARTY THEY HAVE VARIED PERSPECTIVES, VIEWS WHICH PAP DONT HAVE…AND OPPOSITION CANDIDATES MANY HAVE VERY QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED,
    AND CAPABLE OF SOLVING THE NATION PROBLEMS.
    THINK!!!

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  • Let's get back to fundamentals:

    “O government official, thou shalt not receive any secret undisclosable $alary(ies) while serving the citizens of your nation.”

    It’s worse that you mask your obscenities by calling it your “government-linked company” remuneration. Just compare and contrast yourselves with all the developed countries of the world….. why are Ahgong’s Pappies so unique and special?

    So when can our grannies & grandpas have their minimum wages?

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  • yoda:

    I feel for the elderly poor sgs.
    They slogged all their lives,even when their bodies are bended by all the chores.
    Now that they are weak and feeble,they are left to perish by themselves.
    Look,whatever it is,they may be just ordinary nobody going about some unrecognised menial tasks and may not be shining stars like THE PM,FT-CEOs or Ft-executoves but,nonetheless,they contributed to Sg in their humble ways.

    Why must the People’s President approved $100 Billion to grant BIG SUMS OF FURLOUGH to well-paid sg-PMEs and FTs but cannot use OUR RESERVES to grant more generous to well-deserving sgs like the jobless seniors or elderly poor and needy SINGAPOREANS?

    THIS IS THE QUESTION THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT MUST ANSWER.

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  • Makes me sick:

    I listen to parliamentary speeches it makes me sick lots of pap mp no experience on ground reading text bk speeches,min wage leads to no wage ,clever use of words by lady gan paper general,
    People of marymount have shot themselves in the foot, they would have done much better voting Dr ang yong guan with more experience kindness and more genuine

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  • Sing Poot:

    @yoda

    Agreed.
    Halimah,why grant chunks of money from our reserves to non-sgs but refuse to give generously to own sgs?
    Btw,where has the $100 Billion gone to?
    Can use $100 Billion to help our seniors n jobless or not?

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  • Sperm of the Whales:

    underemployment issues:
    underemployment and unemployment of our PMETs ,especially senior PMETs is a serious issues.
    The culprit is our Employer/HR system that works against them.

    Unless we acknowledge the problem is real ,the solution is no where in sight.

    Too many PMETs are suffering,make worse by the Pandemic.

    Time to act…before their anger translate to vote.

    SG has the world’s most educated food delivery people who are graduates, pound for pound.
    And these self employed bosses ride or drive vehicles that cost the most expensive brand for brand, model for model. What a great achievement!

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @yoda
    Eldely poor deserved what they voted for.
    God help those who help themselves.
    Voters are responsible for their future.
    If they vote for same shit every GE, don’t expect they will get gold in return.
    Be prepare to eat shit. And don’t complain.

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  • Harder Truths:

    MarBowling: Response: well said. Most of these older folks have this Holee thought 24/7/365, especially on the POLLING DAY in every GE: “Without Lee Kayu and the PAPigs, there will be NO SINGAPORE”!

    Back in the 70′s I was struggling for a job and made some comment against the regime in a coffee shop. Immediately all the regime gangsters (now they are these old people) wanted to fight me and teach me a lesson.

    The more they suffer nowadays the happier I am. They deserve every bit of bad karma. They are the tra*tors.

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  • We are Singaporeans:

    The govt owes it to the people of Sg why it has no qualms raiding Sgs’ Reserves,and conveniently approved by EP,to supplement wage costs of expensive FTs who are nin-citizens but tell our young it cannot use reserves to grant assistance to our own jobless and seniors,claiming that by doing so,it will increase future tax burden for the young ?

    What about the $100 BILLION ?
    No need to account.
    And,claw back with GST increases instead of income taxes?
    Ian’t this unfair to sgs like jobless n retirees who only received a miserly grant of $600 ,far below the $23 5K per capita as xlaimed by PAP MP?

    WILL THE GOVT PLEASE EXPLAIN AND ACCOUNT.

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  • We are Singaporeans:

    @Dr Chan

    You will be surprised many more younger sgs votedfor PAP.

    You are biased.
    The younger voters some more educated and should be more discerning,agree?
    So,cant agree with your guessing.

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  • yoda:

    @Dr Chan

    You overthink.
    Senior nationals of Sg do deserve to be paid forward for their early contributions.
    The fact that younger and younger sg-PMETs are getting replaced should enlighten you.

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  • One time payment:

    Suggest that Government make a one time payment of $6k to every Citizen who annual income is less than $24K last 12 months(use their CPF Account as prove)to help them cope with the Pandemic .
    Many of these low income earners are suffering now.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    is life for cotton sheep really that bad?

    looking at the way cotton sheep is voting pap, life for cotton sheep cannot be that bad?

    which stupid sheep votes for a government that makes life worse for them?

    so nowadays when we hear of employment hardship, we just don’t believe since any normal human would not vote pap if folks living under pap rule do not live well.

    but we do hope cotton sheep really is suffering under pap. not just 61% but all of them. so that PSP WP can form New Government to indict all the pap Ljs and pap Cbs.

    until then, perhaps, pain under pap for cotton sheep is still bearable. that is why 61% of cotton sheep vote pap GE2020. so all the news about life is bad for cotton sheep cannot be true news?

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  • Ooooooo Noooooo:

    Simon might I suggest you as well are out of touch with the people of Singapore. The majority of the population are “heartlanders,” please, come to the heartland, perhaps along with a few of your political buddies (WOKE ones as well) and take just one hour and walk (WALK!) around the neighborhoods, go to a town park, walk to the nearest mall, take a bus, ride the MRT to another neighbourhood and don’t do the political walkabout with a camera crew but one of the heartland then you may, may actually see some of the culture of this country, the back bone of all that has been built and many, many are giving up hope of being counted, the life in the heartland is going down hill, in some cases very fast but you won’t see it driving through in your MB or with a walkabout forecasted in advance with cameras and body guards…take a real look.

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  • FTs --Family affairs:

    MOM should look into companies where FTs are family related(family and in-laws) in the same company.
    Many are taking advantage to bring their own family related here…at the expense of local people who can easily do their job.
    Worse they are using the EP scheme to bring them here at ridiculous high pay when our local can do the job better with lower pay.Some FTs are paid more than $10K pm while our experienced PMETs are struggling as Grab drivers.
    MOM need to do their job…should not allowed family related FT members to work at the same place.Also should terminate such employment and not renewed their EP when found to abuse the scheme.
    Start with the Medical FT staff…in private practice.

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  • FTs Pay:

    MOM should seriously look at the pay of the FTs under EP.
    Do they really have the qualification and experience to command such high pay ?
    Is there no Singaporean able to do their job at such high pay?
    Many are abusing the EP scheme to bring their friends and related members to work here…
    MPM should make a stop to this. Need to do justice to its own Citizen.

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