20140819 CPF Board ceased publishing wage data to mask PAP’s policy failure

Since Goh Chok Tong, ex PM, started an open door foreign talent/worker and immigration policies 2 decades ago, the PAP has been addicted to this shortcut to high GDP growth. To justify these policies, the PAP came up with crap reasons like, for example, “foreigners help create good jobs for Singaporeans”.

Facts:
– “90 per cent of the one million jobs created in the last decade are from the services sector, which observers say are lowly paid to begin with”.
– “lowly paid, and that in fact “85 per cent” of those surveyed “said these jobs are not paying enough for them to support a family”.

Hmm… lowly paid jobs = good jobs?

The chart below shows the monthly wage level of CPF members.

CPF 2011 and 2002 Annual Report (see Annex J)

From the above chart:
– the number of low wage jobs have remained the same.
– the number of low wage jobs have increased in some wage brackets.

Considering we are now the most expensive country in the world, there should be fewer jobs with wages below $2000 ($1900 unofficial poverty level). Instead,
– PAP has been creating more low wage jobs for Singaporeans
– the number of jobs with wages below $2000 increased by about 50,000 from 2002 to 2011.

$ 2002 2011
< 200 15190 49242
200 – 400 12047 14510
300 – 399 13164 16164
400 – 499 14877 18227
500 – 599 33996 32369
600 – 799 64789 55321
800 – 999 53177 108531
1000 – 1499 181343 164253
1500 – 1999 198290 177511
TOTAL 586873 636128

The PAP is more concerned about profits of businesses and not the low wages earned by Singaporeans. The PAP does not want to increase wages to above the unofficial poverty level to attract locals because company profits will fall. This is also to protect PAP’s business interests.

Singaporeans earning low wages struggle to raise their families. After creating all these low wage jobs, PAP then blames locals for being choosy. It expects first world citizens to compete for third world wages with foreigners. Shouldn’t the PAP then do likewise and compete for political salary of third world countries?

PAP conceals data to prevent scrutiny of failed policies

PAP’s flawed foreign talent/worker and immigration policies are actually a means for businesses to employ cheap labour. Data from CPF Board’s Annex J has confirmed this. However, the CPF Board had ceased publishing this in its annual report after 2011. The PAP has attempted to conceal information to prevent its flawed policies from being scrutinised by the public and Parliament.

Besides removing Annex J, CPF Board (and the Department of Statistics) has seldom published data pertaining to only citizens. Instead, PR and citizen statistics are published together.

Conclusion

By concealing what should have been publicly-available information, the PAP continues to suffer from a trust deficit.

Concealing information prevents invaluable public scrutiny of policies which may be flawed and Parliament from addressing them. The PAP has been creating low wage jobs for more than a decade and foreigners did not help create good jobs for Singaporeans. Instead, PAP has been creating good jobs for foreigners from third world countries and quietly improving the bottom line of businesses.

PAP’s foreign talent/worker and immigration policies are obviously flawed. Data from the CPF Board confirm this and it has ceased publishing such data to mask PAP’s policy failure.

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