MINISTERS MUST COME OUT OF THEIR IVORY TOWER & HELP LOW WAGE S’POREANS MORE

Dear Editors,

This article cracked me up with its innocence in believing that MOE will be all kind hearted and generous in hiring their own cleaners so that their pay can increase.

If there is an area that suffers from overcrowding in Singapore, it would be the ivory tower where most of our ministers will be seated comfortably in their immaculately pressed white sleeved shirt and pants, and shoes that shine so bright you can see your reflection.

Who has time to think about our low wage workers in Singapore right? Apparently MOE thinks it’s easier to let cleaning companies earn the extra 30% profit, than taking that amount and distribute it to their school cleaners by hiring these cleaners directly.

It does not take a genius to make a difference to poverty issues on the ground, and yet, many turn a blind eye to it. Why? One word: LAZY. If they actually have a heart, they would have gotten rid of the outsourcing and hired the cleaners directly and they would have done so a long, long time ago.

But MOE has chosen to outsource their responsibility to cleaning companies who take a huge cut of the contracted amount and pay their cleaners measly salary. If a cleaner earns $1,000 a month, an additional $200 will mean the world to them. Yes, it does not take a lot, but little effort has been made, and MOE should start leading by example.

Sincerely,

Bella

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