MOM Minister Lim to increase foreign workers, ignores social costs and talking cock again

MOM Minister Lim has indicated the government will increase the number of foreign workers after a post-Budget dialogue session with employers. link

Employees are often invisible to PAP and of course depressed salaries is not an issue. It was also a closed-door dialogue session where the media reported only the right things which PAP wanted to disclose.

Lim says that the government:
– “remains open to giving employers some leeway with foreign hires” in order to
– “break the manpower bottleneck” during
– “short-term transitional periods” so that each sector
– “can re-emerge more competitive and attractive for local employment”.

Of course any thinking citizen should have already known by now that Minister Lim is fond of spouting rubbish and this instance is no exception.

How can any company which still relies on more foreign workers – after more than a decade – be attractive for local employment in future?

Is Minister Lim still expecting Singaporeans to continue to accept lower salaries acceptable to foreigners despite our high cost of living?

Most foreign workers are also being exploited by employers with regard to the number of working hours. Does Minister Lim expect Singaporeans to accept exploitation by employers?

Minister Lim should use his common sense, ie employers have to pay wages which commensurate with our high cost of living. Any company which is unable to do so is unfit to operate in Singapore and should take their business elsewhere.

That jobs are not attractive is a half truth because wages have always been depressed by the huge influx of foreign workers since Goh Chok Tong gave the green light.

GLCs collectively employ hundreds of thousands of foreign workers. With the expansion of Changi Airport, tens of thousands more foreigners will be needed. PAP expects Singaporeans to accept an increasing influx of foreigners which will depress wages further but will benefit government-linked companies.

In a normal functioning democracy, wages are determined by market forces. In a half-past-six democracy like ours, the PAP first depressed wages through legislations and pseudo workers’ unions’; it subsequently claims Singaporeans shun certain industries such as construction, retail, F and B, etc.

Example:

In a high cost-of-living country like Australia, their citizens do not shun construction jobs because monthly wages could be something like AUD 6000 and above. And why shouldn’t construction workers be paid highly for a risky and tough job? But in Singapore, employers expect to pay construction workers only a fraction of their counterparts’ wages in Australia. Not to mention additional OT during weekends.

On an hourly basis, an Australian construction worker is paid about AUD 30 but Singaporeans are expected to accept less than S$10?

Increasing the number of foreigners will further strain our limited infrastructures such as public transport system which has continued to break down like clockwork. Water consumption will also increase and Lim should be reminded that water is an “existential” and “strategic” issue. Better don’t play play.

There are of course other social costs which Lim should not conveniently forget. Lim has in fact already acknowledged this in his COS 2017 speech. Lim:

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(Pt 13)

There appears to be some very short-term planning; in less than 2 weeks, Lim has reversed his position and he is now fine with “even higher social costs”?

Isn’t Lim talking cock again? If “even higher social costs” is not what PAP wants, then why more foreign workers?

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2 Responses to MOM Minister Lim to increase foreign workers, ignores social costs and talking cock again

  1. DavidLKSee says:

    Popular Internet Jokes:

    (1) World’s Highest-Paid Politician PINKIE Loong say:
    Under my PAP Govt, we will have a SMART Nation.

    Disgusted/Disillusioned S’pore Voters say:
    What’s the point of having a SMART Nation when the PAP Million-dollar Gabra-men is so STUPID ???

    (2) MIW = Monkeys-In-White [ not Men-In-White ]

  2. Confused says:

    If they get to pay themselves $million salary, they can’t be called stupid. It’s the other way round.

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