Elections manifesto

According to the Channel NewsAsia news report ”PAP launches 88-page election manifesto” (Aug 29) – “These include the launch of 100,000 flats, the expansion and improvement of bus and train networks, job creation for Singaporeans, job protection through the Jobs Bank and Fair Consideration Framework, wage growth for all income groups, and help for low-wage workers in the form of Workfare and the Progressive Wage Model.”

Jobs to Singaporeans?

In this connection, I understand that there were about 350,000 increase in jobs for locals against about 490,000 increase in jobs to foreigners over the last 8 years or so.

348,654 new PRs and 153,923 new citizens

If we make an adjustment for the 348,654 new PRs and 153,923 new citizens granted from 2007 to 2014 – how many of the increase in local jobs  actually went to  “true-blue” Singaporeans?

Real increase in wages?

I also understand that there may have been hardly any real increase in the median basic, gross and total wage (excluding employer CPF contribution) for all Singaporean workers (full-time and part-time) for the last 16 years or so.

Jobs bank?

Why never disclose how many jobs in the national jobs bank went to S’poreans?

Also, why does the Government not just simply disclose the number and percentage of jobs listed in the national jobs bank since it started in July last year – that went to Singaporeans?

What are the industry averages for “low ratio of Singaporeans to foreigners”?

Why dont we disclose what are the “industry” averages, so that we can see for I believe the first time ever – how bad the ratios are?


Leong Sze Hian

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