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our gov is manipulative and evil 08-03-2022, 01:41 PM 7
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our gov is manipulative and evil SG Talk
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This Is How The Speaker Prevents A Member From Speaking

Today I was deprived of the opportunity to respond to Tan See Leng’s (TSL) “red herring” statement made last Friday because the Speaker did not allow me to speak using the cut-off time as an excuse.  The cut-off time is decided by the Speaker before the session but there is flexibility because the Parliament schedule is ahead of time this year.  Many MPs were also allowed to speak before me.  He should know that I had an outstanding issue from the previous Friday’s sitting (please view the video clip below).

Last Friday, TSL said that my request for information was divisive.  Why should the request be divisive? A problem existed in the first place and seeking clarification is now deemed problematic?  Singaporeans’ insecurity with competition for jobs from foreigners have been brewing for more than twenty years.  But this Government tries its level best to deflect this gnawing existential issue all this while.  THIS is the real issue, not my questioning – so the red herring is the Minister’s, not mine. 

I actually did not wish to belabor this point.  All I wanted was for the Minister to simply reply to my question, “What is the actual number of PME jobs created from 2005 to 2020, after minusing those of new citizens and PRs?”.  This is probably the red herring he was referring to.

The Government declared that 380,000 PME jobs were “created” during that period, hence benefitting Singaporeans.  However, there were 635,000 PRs added to the “locals” number during the same period.  Hence most of these 380,000 jobs increase are not absolute but due to the change in composition of the “locals” statistic between 2005 and 2020.  Let’s say 300,000 of the 380,000 jobs were taken up by these new PRs, then there is only a net PME job creation of 80,000 for Singaporeans. 

We know that 250,000 fresh Singaporean graduates joined the job market during that period.  This translates into a job shortage of 130,000 (roughly 100,000 to 150,000) jobs for Singaporeans.  This has manifested in the job market as:
(1) fresh graduates unable to find jobs they are trained in.
(2) older PMETs lose their existing jobs and forced into lower paying jobs.
(3) older PMETs  forced into premature retirement and fresh graduates permanently underemployed (rise in self-employed and gig workers). 

All this talk about foreigners complementing the Singapore Core is hollow if the MOM does not ensure that Singaporean jobs are not threatened and annexed in the first place. 

Singaporeans deserve better.

#SGBudget2022 #PSPSG

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