Fair Consideration Framework for employment does not protect lower income Singaporeans

September 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
24 September 2013

The Ministry of Manpower’s new Fair Consideration Framework for employment will do nothing to protect lower income Singaporeans from being treated unfairly in job applications. Also, without a minimum wage and with the government still importing a large number of foreigners, lower income Singaporeans will continue to bear the brunt of wage suppression and workplace discrimination by unscrupulous employers who treat them merely as digits.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) unveiled new rules on Monday under the Fair Consideration Framework which require that employers who apply for Employment Passes (EP) give consideration to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents before hiring foreigners. Firms making new EP applications must advertise the job vacancy in a new jobs bank administered by the Singapore Workforce and Development Agency (WDA) for at least 14 days, and the job ad must be open to Singaporeans.

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Law Minister Shanmugam misses the point totally

September 4, 2013 by · 5 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
04 September 2013

The Law Minister K Shanmugam missed the point totally when he made the following remark: “… if you say I am a stupid fool who doesn’t know what I’m talking about, and the Government comprises ministers who don’t know what they’re talking about and you criticise every policy of the Government, no one can sue you.

The Law Minister made this remark in the context of discussing what speech is considered defamatory or not defamatory. He said that Singaporeans should feel free to discuss politics and even criticise ministers and policies, provided they do not make spurious allegations they cannot substantiate.

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Tea and crumpets named the official food of LGBT activists

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01 September 2013

Tea and crumpets have been named the official food of LGBT activists, even as officials of the Russian embassy in Singapore refused last Friday morning to accept a petition signed by a few hundred members of Singapore’s LGBT community and their supporters.

The petition was motivated by the shocking outbreak of violence against homosexuals in Russia following the Russian Parliament’s enactment of oppressive laws banning the dissemination of information concerning “non-traditional” sexuality in the country.

While the Russian government has claimed that the new law will protect the young from harmful propaganda, it has resulted in a marked increase in violence against Russia’s LGBT community and has incited outrage all over the world.

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