MOM Minister Lim Swee Say has boldly proclaimed “Employment Pass criteria tightened to favour Singaporean Core”.
Armed with a PHD in TKSS, Lim has decided to confuse Singaporeans with terms such as “double weak company” and “triple weak companies”. Hopefully, he will be able to take some heat off the government which has failed to improve productivity since 3 decades ago.
Lim claims that if such companies are irrelevant to Singapore’s economy and society, their work pass privileges could be suspended.
According to Lim, 100 double/triple weak companies have been served notices. Whether these numbers are plucked from thin air or actual action taken will result in benefitting Singaporeans is anybody’s guess. But it is likely Lim means the opposite of what he said.
This is because his cabinet colleague, Minister Keechiu Chan, has already contradicted his definition of “Singaporean Core”. Says Keechiu Chan: “Singaporean core does not mean Singaporeans only”. Hmm.. does PAP core consist of PAP members only or does it include opposition members?
Soon, our jiak-liao-bee MPs may need to debate the definition of “Singaporean core” in Parliament.
To sum up:
Since the Singaporean core consists of foreigners, TKSS Lim is merely stating the obvious, ie Employment Pass criteria will be tightened to favour foreigners as well. Singaporeans would do well not to allow themselves to be confused/fooled by our “quadruple weak” ministers.