Written by Ng E-Jay
13 Feb 2016
Why do I always say that corporations have a responsibility to society? It is because corporations use society’s infrastructure to move their goods around and communicate with others. They use infrastructure built with TAXPAYER DOLLARS to conduct their business and earn a profit. And they also rely on our law enforcement agencies, which are also funded by TAXPAYER DOLLARS to ensure their property and intellectual rights are respected.
That is why all corporations have a duty to society. They have a duty to be fair to their workers and to pay them a respectable living wage. They cannot just outsource and disregard the impact that this has on their own workers.
Look at the issue at another angle: If a company has to pay its workers a meager wage just in order to survive as a going concern, do we really want such a low-class business model to thrive in Singapore? Do we want Singapore to embrace inefficient business models that can only be profitable when workers are exploited? The answer is no.
We only want businesses which can pay all workers a decent living wage, and which can invest in becoming more productive and more competent, rather than simply reducing service levels and exploiting workers just to stay afloat.
We only want businesses that can rely on local talent even whilst they tap the expertise of foreign talent.
We only want businesses that take a long term-view of profit and social accountability, and are prepared to devise business models and strategies that can stand the test of time. We most certainly don’t want fly-by-night companies that are just interested in making a quick buck by paying workers a low wage. We want high-class businesses, not low-class businesses!
Written by Ng E-Jay
23 March 2015
Thus far, reports have been coming in that the reaction to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death has been measured, perhaps even muted. Crowds at condolence boards have been modest at best, and there has not been any massive or widespread outpouring of grief.
This is consistent with Martyn See’s (film-maker, activist) observation made earlier today on Facebook:
“Let it be noted that on this Monday morning of the 23rd of March 2015, some 7 hours after the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, life goes on for the people in Singapore. Despite what the internet or the media would like you to believe, there is no sign of any bereavement in public. Even here at the Singapore General Hospital where Lee’s body lie, the atmosphere is muted. It is a perhaps a fitting tribute to a man who led his flock by trading emotion for economics, ideals for pragmatism and compassion for politics.” — Martyn See, Facebook, 23 March 2015
Dear Prime Minister,
On behalf of the Workers’ Party, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Mr Lee was Singapore’s first Prime Minister, heading the Government for over three decades and thereafter serving another 21 years in the Cabinet as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He led Singapore with a group of like-minded individuals through our tumultuous early years of nationhood, including a difficult merger with Malaysia and subsequent independence in 1965.
Mr Lee served in public office for almost his entire adult life. His passing marks an end of an era in Singapore’s history. His contributions to Singapore will be remembered for generations to come.
With deepest sympathies,
LOW THIA KHIANG
Secretary-General, Workers’ Party
Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC
Mr Lee Kuan Yew made a Parliamentary Speech rebutting Nominated Member of Parliament Viswa Sadasivan in August 2009. The latter had made an earlier maiden speech which touched on a broad array of topics including race and religion (see here and here).
By Dr Wong Wee Nam
16 May 2013
When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his decision to quit as manager of the Manchester United football team, he created a shockwave in the football world. Who would have expected the most successful football manager in the world to leave so suddenly when his passion for the game is still evident in recent games? Nevertheless, the decision is a correct one. Age is catching up on him. He has to leave sooner or later. So what better time to leave than at the pinnacle of his career?
I like Sir Alex, not only for bringing up the great MU teams that have given me countless hours of viewing pleasure, but also for not forgetting his roots and always feeling for the working class in spite of his success and wealth.
I will NOT post the Malaysian General Election 2013 results on my blog or on my FB page, because I believe that any election outcome that is fraudulently obtained is NOT WORTH MENTIONING AND NOT WORTH DISCUSSING.
Dr Patrick Kee (link)
Where have all our morals gone? High flyers straying!
Where have all our morals gone? So many lusting.
Where have all our morals gone? Something is missing!
When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?
Everyone should listen carefully to Mr Low Thia Khiang’s reaction to Michael Palmer’s resignation. Unlike how the mass media and the PAP launched scathing attacks in the wake of the Yaw Shin Leong saga, Mr Low was scrupulously fair to all parties concerned, and he even recognized Mr Palmer’s valuable contribution as former Speaker of Parliament. The contrast is so distinguished it really puts the PAP and the MSM to shame.
This is what politics can — and should — be.
WARNING: Some paragraphs are ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek.
Written by Ng E-Jay
21 April 2012
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong set up his own facebook page on Friday, 20 April 2012. It can be accessed here.
In his “welcome” message, Mr Lee said that “the social media (has) changed the way we live, work and play, especially the way we connect with one another”, and that having watched his colleagues on facebook, he has decided to “join the fun”.