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How can the government convince us to open up to more foreigners when 103,000 Singaporeans are unemployed?

I refer to the article “Anxieties over foreign work pass holders being addressed; S’pore cannot turn inwards: PM Lee” (ST; 8 Aug)

PM Lee says that “When we complement our own workforce with skills from around the world, more companies will invest here, and this then creates more jobs for Singaporeans. This is a virtuous cycle.”

In this connection, I find it rather shocking that S’poreans are expected to “buy in”, to this, when the labour force is currently, arguably, rather weak in S’pore.

It was reported that there was a very high number of unemployed people in S’pore at the end of the second quarter as a result of the pandemic. The MOM Unemployment: Statistical Table (published 30 Jul) shows that the number of unemployed S’poreans increased from 73,500 in Mar to 103,100 in Jun (non-seasonally adjusted). This works out to an increase of 29,600 or 40.3% (103,100 divided by 73,500).

That only paints half the picture as many are underemployed. For example, 1 in 10 of our young Singaporeans have resorted to doing temporary and gig jobs as they could not find a permanent role “Covid-19: Surge in fresh grads in part-time, temporary jobs as full-time roles fall” (TODAY, 19 Feb). Moreover, there are 71,000 private hire drivers in Singapore and thousands more who have resorted to doing food delivery.

One netizen Philip Wen – a former Senior Vice President at a bank – wrote an angry open letter to the Manpower Minister after losing his job and resorted to driving for GRAB. In his viral post, he commented:

A great majority of Singaporean PMETs are left in unemployed limbo-land. Over several years, I have applied for junior roles in Banking, Not even a single HR officer would even bother responding to my application. Not even a short-term contract of 6 months would be entertained.

Perhaps industry practitioners may give us some insights as to what is happening on the ground.

Just last month, Senior HR consultant Martin Gabriel said in an interview with theonlinecitizen that the number of foreigners taking up PMET jobs in Singapore has grown “exponentially”. He had also mentioned that there is a common practice where hiring managers of a certain nationality hired people of the “same origin”.

In Sep last year – the Manpower Ministry gave the statistics that indicated that about 58% of PMETs were non-S’porean

Many may remember Martin Gabriel as the man who had shared a facebook post two years ago that went viral – his client advertised for a secretary position paying $3k a month. Many of the applicants were people who previously held senior manager and director positions. They were mostly in their 40s and have been retrenched for 6 months or more.

With astronomical political salaries, it is easy for those in Government to sit on their ivory tower and talk about how opening up will contribute to our economy. Yet, it would be another thing for them to convince anyone whose family member belongs to the 103,100 who may be currently unemployed.

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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26 Responses to “How can the government convince us to open up to more foreigners when 103,000 Singaporeans are unemployed?”

  • AristoCATs - Theory vs ?:

    >> PM Lee says that -
    “When we complement our own workforce with skills from around the world, more companies will invest here, and this then creates more jobs for Singaporeans. This is a virtuous cycle.”
    -
    “virtuous cycle” . . .
    Marketing talk?
    PR talk?
    Skills “mastered” by AristoCATs.
    -
    In reality?
    “. . . .vicious cycle”
    -
    More than 39% should know the Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • Taleban:

    In theory it is correct. Mix foreign manpower to complacement local manpower.
    More MNC will set up in Singapore employing more Singporeans and foreigners.
    But in practise, they are employing more foreigners and Core Singaporeans were replaced.
    Please MOM and ICA, open your eyes and see the actual situation.
    Please come out a solution the preserved the Core Singaporeans.

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  • Scourge of Unemployment:

    These are some of the political methods used to scourge and weaken the rights and power of citizens who are now displaced by migrants and afflicted by the scourge of mass unemployment in the face of this Pandemic (rather plandemic).

    Yet, this tyrannical style of governance is politically denied by those in power.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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  • John Richards:

    Hey, if they’re Indians just say Indians. Not certain people of a certain nationality or whatever. Sometimes you just got to call a spade a spade.

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  • Screwd:

    To them these 103k are useless except before election. Surprisingly 61% still vote for them. No cure, deserved to be screwed again & again.

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  • Absurdity:

    The opposition leaders have been asking for data.

    Loong says locals feels the anxieties (feel only) without being able to show any data, not to mention good data. Nothing from this pm who got his mathematics degree and understands the importance of numbers.

    OYK says don’t be racist, and everyone knows he chut pattern without being able to show data.

    CCS says what’s the point and also cannot show data.

    Shan from Allen And Over The Hill says I am looking at you Mr Leong, and Shan also got no data, despite calling himself a top lawyer.

    Bala talks about the two countries being natural partners, and also cannot show data despite calling himself a top debater.

    TSL totally lost in the game and still cannot show data when asked.

    The list goes on with JTeo, GKY, LSS who did not show data despite helming the manpower fort.
    Morons love them.

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  • left behind:

    PAP does not care about unemployed and underemployed Singaporeans. If they care at the very least, there should be unemployment benefit. Already so many Singaporeans committed suicide,Singaporeans are so stress up. They don’t care. If they care, they would have reduce foreign labour eleven years ago. They have broken their promise and there is no reason to believe them. Isn’t it what LHL said should be done a decade ago? Coming election just vote PAP out. Don’t care what they say, we know PAP is pro foreigner and they does not care our suffering. Speech are nice to hear but words become meaningless after we know that PAP stand on foreigner and open door policy.

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  • ah chik:

    103K only?
    Count those who gave up searching.
    Count the forced self-employed who are mostly under-employed.

    Maybe Lee AhLongcan try to be a GRAB FOODer and see how he feels?
    Maybe HoJinx can be a frontline nurse ?

    Talk is cheap.
    Xenophobic?
    Who?
    Racist?
    Who?

    PAP NEVER ALLOWS NON-CHINESE TO BE SEC GEN?
    WHY?

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  • left behind:

    Graduates are the future of any nation. Today, a university graduate is becoming like nothing, worried about income and jobs in Singapore. The government stress what so called skills and deny the position university graduate has. Foreign labour make university graduate become hawkers, grad drivers, underemployed and unemployed. They trash the intelligent and future of the nation, university graduate. Destroy the pride and life of so many Singaporeans. I have to ask: Is Singapore still for Singaporean. I ask everyone to vote out PAP, stop PAP from destroying Singapore.

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  • left behind:

    The government said they welcome foreign talents. But what about local talents. The local talents are paying the price when they bring in foreign talents. They are destroy our local talents. How can we tolerate our fellow Singaporeans become grab drivers, grab delivery, underemployed and unemployed. It is senseless. If the government appreciate talents, they would not suppress Singapore talents. Ask Singaporeans to take up training, I think PAP are the one who need to train. Their governance has so many problems. They don’t know how to use local as talents, then they welcome foreign trash as talents. They fail to make Singaporeans become successful then they blame us and have no confidence in us. Every time, they make mistake, they shift the blame. Instead of solving their mistake, they create more problems.

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:

    Over 100 K is a staggering figure. But solve other countries unemployment issues first.

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  • MarBowling:

    #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:
    August 11, 2021 at 7:14 am (Quote)
    Over 100 K is a staggering figure. But solve other countries unemployment issues first.

    Response: boh bian one. The PAPigs has LOONG-binding agreement with CECALAND. Any breach of the agreement may cause CECALAND to SUE SinKapore until Mai Hum and Wifey Holee Jinx BOTH DROP THEIR PANTS! Like you have said, solve other countries unemployment FIRST, our UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUE COMES 2nd!

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  • Uncle needs money:

    Every ND message and rally, pinky does nothing but let go horse f*rt.

    Talk is CHEAP!

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  • Show Data, pls:

    > > “PM Lee says that
    “When we complement our own workforce with skills from around the world, more companies will invest here, and this then creates more jobs for Singaporeans. This is a virtuous cycle.”
    -
    Interestingly, something is missing. . .
    the data. . .
    -
    PAP used to tout data, data, data to support their argument.
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    In speeches,
    in parliament,
    no data on CECA – before and after.
    Why?
    -
    Hmmm. . .

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  • Pioneer speaks:

    When I graduated fr uni of spore in early 70s the psc was so strict to apply for admin officer job u had to be sec upp honsdegree,they made an error they took in gradsfr Malaysia assuming the std fr m.univ equal to spore uni,hordes of Malaysians took jobs in civil service,edging out sec lower hons fr spore unis,
    A blogger fr sph said Indian grads fresh with no talent or job experience with degrees non related egin agriculture etc as programmers,what boils me up is grads in science n arts always had problem finding jobs why can they not be taken as programmers in sph?.
    From our local unis,

    .

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  • Harder Truths:

    It is ok Mr Leong. Locals want to beg FT for a livelihood. Begging abd grovelling to FT is in their genes. Let them be happy.

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  • As long as he …:

    Don’t waste time on this group of garbage tier mudsters headed by an neurotic joker who dreams of making history but making a fool of himself! Perhaps cotton sheep talking of crisis saved pap was actually pointing to one when Late P Ong contracted cancer which the cancer expert ( real ones not street urchins lloating around Sin today) said the surviving rate was zero n the max is 5 years according to world cancer expert. Perhaps P ong is deemed not enpugh to create a crisis so the dhs was declfaredcto have also down with it. Many senoprs were scetical about the dhs. Now covid vacineation listed cancarous ( medically) cancer as a category not to get the jab. But DHS appeared as an advisement model that he got jabbed. Many seniors said ah he faked cancae while equally manyy senior said he is jabbed with his own shit water. So which is fake? Many unvacinated said they guy is bluffing but which cancer or jab? Till the dhs clarifies many still held back much to the dismay of HSs! When will the dhs clarified huh?

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  • Convince you?:

    You dream that this gov needs to convince you? LKY: We do what we want.

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  • Prof Wei Shin YU:

    Hi Guys
    Instead of throwing stones at the authorities, lets collectively think of a positive way out. In such a situation, I suspect “a certain country’s” solution is every “foreign owned company”, CECA or not, has to employ a SG PMET full time.
    Hence, the more foreign companies the merrier, as they will create more jobs for SG PMET — a win-win situation, and everyone is happy!

    Any other ideas, please?

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  • Solutions:

    There is no lack of solutions. There is no will. VTO!

    Prof Wei Shin YU:
    Hi Guys
    Instead of throwing stones at the authorities, lets collectively think of a positive way out. In such a situation, I suspect “a certain country’s” solution is every “foreign owned company”, CECA or not, has to employ a SG PMET full time.
    Hence, the more foreign companies the merrier, as they will create more jobs for SG PMET — a win-win situation, and everyone is happy!

    Any other ideas, please?

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  • Blame Who?:

    I am a Grab driver and I recently picked up a Singaporean Employer who is running his own company. We chatted and he mentioned that Singaporeans employees are too much asking for high pay. He mentioned that if he cannot recruit foreigners, he will shift his comapany to overseas.

    I mentioned that Singapore has the best facilities for company to operate here and that many Singaporeans have applied to work overseas. Reason being that they cannot survive in our high cost of living environment.

    So who is to blame for this preference for foreigners to work here ?

    Firstly I blame the employers for being too greedy for larger profits and not practicing Corporate Responsibility of giving jobs to local citizens.

    Secondly, I blame the PAP for not setting rules to allow employers not to recruit foreigners.

    So what is the solution ? Sack the LHL and the PAP in the coming GE and bring in a new batch of leaders.

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  • Wait a minute Pappy!:

    Leave alone what Foreign Talent is ok?

    We’d like to hear Pinky define what Local Talent is!

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  • Real Talent please:

    Singapore welcome real FT talent anytime.We need them.
    We are only against bringing FT on EP when such jobs can be easily done by Singaporean at lower pay,maybe older PMETs.Many of these FTs qualification are in doubt.
    Many of such FT talents are even related in one company and are brought in with no proper background check done by MOM.
    MOM need to do more to protect the local PMETs .Scrutinise every EP application thoroughly. Even if approved, should terminated the EPs of all when found wanting at the expense of local.
    Talk is cheap…MOM real action please.

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  • DeBarge:

    Blame Who?:
    I am a Grab driver and I recently picked up a Singaporean Employer who is running his own company. We chatted and he mentioned that Singaporeans employees are too much asking for high pay. He mentioned that if he cannot recruit foreigners, he will shift his comapany to overseas.

    I mentioned that Singapore has the best facilities for company to operate here and that many Singaporeans have applied to work overseas. Reason being that they cannot survive in our high cost of living environment.

    So who is to blame for this preference for foreigners to work here ?

    Firstly I blame the employers for being too greedy for larger profits and not practicing Corporate Responsibility of giving jobs to local citizens.

    Secondly, I blame the PAP for not setting rules to allow employers not to recruit foreigners.

    So what is the solution ? Sack the LHL and the PAP in the coming GE and bring in a new batch of leaders.

    An entrepreneur is risking his own money. He does not owe it to anyone to set up his company here.
    If he needs lower costs it is better he sets up overseas and
    employs people there rather than bringing them here.

    What we need are companies or activities that can afford Singaporeans to be based here.
    Surely our well educated workforce is worth something.

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  • Stupids always stupid:

    Stupidlty politically no need to convinced. Take for grant till all the scumy bastards r gone n peace n sanity return till another bastard comes along it is all in the history. So sinkies r thought by all the shits to be dead stupid. Isn’t that why cotton sheep is allowed to meh all over the teachers, ptincipals but a kid can’t take the shit n throw blood on the cotton sheep. Same with the laws shits. All brown nosed n stinked! So r the other professionals. All r brain deads.n thinling they r not stained brown enough n tried to spash theshiys green instead! Ha ha ha boh kiw lh! Now u know why has sex maniac. It all started off with pap x breeds n spread like wild fire. Isn’t that what got personal anut browned n any other. Needs cbs to keep them oncealed till you vboot them out like what trump is facing now Child porn instead. Leader of free world, like shit dump oit in the wild. Or in citywhere imported cheap labor papically fcan be wastedvery sheap even fudges daren’t even whisper for the sake of few coppoer. Pathetic indeed daft sinkies,

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  • nitrogen:

    in a nation of 3m+ local born, admitting into small island another 3.9m alien mouths cannot be right.

    cannot.

    C.A.N.N.O.T.

    what is a nation when more than half are aliens?

    and after admitting 3.9m aliens, add another 2.1m aliens to make 10.0m?

    where got logic?

    why not admit all the 1.3B ceca ah nehs to make small island a super power if, stupid as the logic is, more mouths make pap more powderful.

    so stupid really, this current pap Ljs and pap Cbs forming government.

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