20161109 Lim Swee Say talks cock about less reliance on foreigners

When PAP ministers talk about having less reliance on foreign workers, they are basically talking cock. How is it possible to rely less on cheap foreign workers while maintaining high rental costs and a top heavy management?

The fact is GLCs are the biggest employer of foreign workers and our foreign worker policy can’t change or many GLCs will pock kai. Hundreds of thousands of foreigners are employed by SATS, airline related industries, Temasek’s security companies, corporatised public hospitals, public transport companies, Keppel Corporation, etc The million-dollar paychecks of top management elites depend on the performance of the company.

Since GLCs are now dependent on low labour cost of foreign workers to remain viable businesses, no thanks to Lau Goh’s FT policy, the PAP has no choice but to allow SMEs to do likewise.

When PAP mentions reducing FT reliance, most Singaporeans have the perception that their numbers will be reduced. Many have still not realised that what PAP really means is their numbers will continue to increase albeit at a slower pace.(table below)

So many jobs unfit for unqualified Singaporeans?

MOM

In 3 1/2 years, the number of E and S Pass holders increased by 16,100 and 37,000 respectively. PAP expects Singaporeans to believe there are no takers for 53,100 jobs with decent/high pay?

Last week, MOM Minister Lim Double S hinted at the partial success of yet another government implemented programme – Lean Enterprise Development (LED) – introduced in October 2015. Can any no-business-sense civil servant/minister teach businesses how to run their business?

Double S: “More than 1.400 firms from sectors like food services, retail, construction and manufacturing have benefited from a Government programme meant to help… reduce their reliance on foreign manpower.” CNA

What this means is firms which are heavily-reliant on foreigners have benefited from tax dollars but they have continued to hire foreigners. Very soon, retail and F and B salaries will be so depressed by foreigners that Singaporeans may require another round of government assistance. Workfare 2.1?

Even Malaysians find it increasingly difficult to survive in the face of competition from workers from third world countries. How to live in a country with first world costs while earning third world wages?

Example: A bakery managed by Malaysian staff in my estate recently closed shop but a new one run by an all-PRC staff has opened.

If Malaysians, with their much lower costs back home, cannot survive in our country, what more when it comes to Singaporeans?

Double S says the responses from SMEs have been “encouraging” which could mean anything other than the intended meaning of PAP’s propaganda machine. Ministers make general statements without any supporting statistics in their MSM newsletter.

To ram his message home, Double S had other government agencies issue a joint press release. So many government agencies said so and it must therefore be true? The blur blur Singaporean public has always thought so, unfortunately.

The agencies which supported Double S are Workforce Singapore, SPRING Singapore and of course NTUC. Hmm .. why not create more agencies?

Civil servants are not in a position to advise businesses on how a business should be run. If civil servants were good at running a business, they would have become businessmen. And vice versa. This is common sense.

How is it possible for MOM Minister to advise SMEs to cut foreign manpower reliance when government-linked companies themselves are reliant on cheap labour cost to remain viable businesses? Double S talking cock right?

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3 Responses to 20161109 Lim Swee Say talks cock about less reliance on foreigners

  1. Sinkie says:

    Lean Enterprise Development is a real talk cock programme … after 1 year in operation, they could only highlight an example on TV recently where this SME reduced their foreigner headcount by a whopping 2 from 25 to now 23. I bet this 23 foreign workers constitutes 99% of this SME workforce.

    Make no mistake, PAP statutory boards, HDB, LTA, MOH, GLCs, TLCs, Temasek, GIC, SembCorp, KepCorp, DBS, POSB, UOB, OCBC, the entire property industry, CapitaLand, CDL, SMRT, SBS, all hospitals & nursing homes, MNCs, NCS, ST Eng, SIA, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc etc all depend on the 2.5 million foreign workers here.

    And many of these foreign workers are taking back minimum $5+K salaries, with housing allowances & tpt allowances. I’ve been renting out my flat to E-pass foreigners since 2008, and everyone of my tenants’ salaries are at least $8K in basic pay + another $1.5K to $2.5K in housing allowances. And their job titles/job scopes are not rocket science or PhD level — mostly IT/Engineering managers, Pharmaceutical Operations Manager, mid-level executives in banking backend operations.

  2. Confused says:

    “The fact is GLCs are the biggest employer of foreign workers and our foreign worker policy can’t change or many GLCs will pock kai. Hundreds of thousands of foreigners are employed by SATS, airline related industries, Temasek’s security companies, corporatised public hospitals, public transport companies, Keppel Corporation, etc The million-dollar paychecks of top management elites depend on the performance of the company.”

    It doesn’t stop here.

    The government also pushed out a lot of grants to help businesses, more often than not, I believe it must also have these GLCs in mind, another ingenious way of tapping more tax monies to make the GLSc and Temasek’s account looked not only tip-top but good shape “curvy”?

    PIC, Wage credits, employment credits,….. you name it…one way or other… Plenty more.

  3. Phillip Ang says:

    Yes. Plus lots of other subtle ways of course. 😦
    They designed the entire system to their benefit. Unless the system changes, they will be able to continue talking cock.

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