The PAP’s flawed immigration, foreign talent and foreign worker policies

February 28, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
28 Feb 2011

The PAP Government has acknowledged that there is a need to slow down the rate of import of foreigners and concentrate on boosting productivity, but deep flaws remain in its labour and immigration policies.

Budget 2011 does not address these deep flaws. It merely sugarcoats them by raising the foreign worker levy, which makes it more expensive for companies to hire foreign workers. Companies will merely pass the increased costs to consumers. The problems will not be solved. In fact, they will only become worse.

The PAP’s immigration, foreign worker, and foreign talent policies are three distinct but related policies. Insufficient attention has been paid to the distinction between these policies. The purpose of this article is to make clear this distinction and point out where each policy gone wrong.

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Adding cabs and raising fares won’t solve erratic service

February 27, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Source: ST Forum Page, 26 Feb 2011

MEETING the demand for taxis has nothing to do with how many there are or how many more are put on the road, but it has everything to do with the time of day, location, weather and, most importantly, surcharges (‘Harder to book a cab now’; Feb 19).

# First, many taxi drivers seem to be drawn only to places where they can earn the $3 surcharge, like the two integrated resorts and the airport. The problem is that most people who need taxis do not frequent these places. So, taxis are now very useful for tourists while citizens and others who do not patronise these places cannot get them easily.

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Opposition parties study electoral boundaries report and lay stakes

February 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
25 Feb 2011

Opposition parties are currently studying the electoral boundaries report which has just been released, and are already revealing to the media which constituencies they are keen on contesting in.

Here is a summary compiled from Channel News Asia reports.

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PM Lee accepts recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Source: CNA, 24 Feb 2011

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has accepted the recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee.

The details were released on Thursday by Parliament, and is the first step and a clear sign, that Singaporeans will be headed for the polls soon.

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The Policy of Give and Take

February 24, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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By Dr Wong Wee Nam
23 Feb 2011

The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit has just passed and Christmas is still another ten months away. However, with the Budget that the PAP government has just unveiled, the people of Singapore cannot be faulted for thinking that they are in the midst of celebrating these two great festivals together.

In fact, the amount of money given to the people makes the ang pows of the Cai Shen Ye and the gifts of Santa Claus pale in comparison. The generosity of the Honourable Finance Minster really makes the two traditional bearded bearers of money and gifts look like tight-fisted misers.

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Reform Party aftermath: Opposition must stay united

February 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
24 Feb 2011

It is all over the news by now. The mainstream media reported on Wednesday that nine Reform Party (RP) members have resigned en masse, at a time when general elections are almost due. [1]

The Online Citizen website also claims that according to their source in RP, as many as twenty have resigned, in an apparent showdown with Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam. [2]

Those who have resigned include central executive committee (CEC) members James Teo, Jeisilan Sivalingam, Justin Ong, Jeannette Aruldoss, and Tony Tan Lay Thiam. Other members who voted with their feet include Samantha De Silva, Gan Theng Wei, Nicole Seah, Gilbert Goh, and Tony Tan’s wife Hazel Poa.

These mass resignations could not have come at a worse time for Reform Party and for the opposition as a whole, as this is a time for a display of unity in the face of the upcoming electoral battle.

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Don’t stigmatize people who choose to be single

February 23, 2011 by · 10 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
23 Feb 2011

I am appalled by the insensitivity displayed by Straits Times Forum contributor Kenny Liu who, in his letter “Single? Don’t blame Govt for fewer goodies” (22 Feb 2011), took fellow contributor Yvonne Lee to task for asking for more handouts from the Government.

Ms Yvonne Lee had previously written in to voice her concern that she had been disqualified from receiving the many incentives handed out on Budget day due to her place of residence. She also argued that as a single person, she felt left out by the Budget, even though she was caring for her parents.

The choice to remain single does not mean that one has acted irresponsibly or immaturely. Indeed, when the cost of living has gone up so much and there are parents to care for, remaining single could well be the responsible and right thing to do.

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Musical section of SDP anniversary dinner 2011

February 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Made by Dr Wong Wee Nam

Critiquing Budget 2011

February 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
21 Feb 2011

The central theme of Budget 2011 is the distribution of the fruits of economic growth to the population, especially the lower to middle income groups, and assisting households and businesses cope with inflation.

However, Budget 2011 is inadequate because insufficient attention has been paid to the root causes of the economic woes faced by working class Singaporeans.

While the increase in the foreign worker levy is meant to encourage firms to lessen their dependence on foreign labour, the levy alone is just a blunt tool that does nothing to correct the flawed Government policies that caused the over-dependence on foreign labour in the first place.

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NSP Response to Budget Statement 2011

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Source: NSP, 20 Feb 2011

The National Solidarity Party is very disappointed that the PAP government did not address the fundamental question on whether the current economic growth model of “Growth at all cost” based on indiscriminate importation of foreign workers at ALL LEVELS of employment in this budget. Instead, it tries to address the “ill symptoms”, which are caused by this flawed economic strategy, in such an inadequate way.

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