According to the TR Emeritus article “Minister Lim refuses to answer NCMP Giam’s question” (May 12) – “MOM stated that the composition of the 12,930 workers retrenched last year was:
- Local Residents – 7,240 (56%)
- Non-Residents – 5,690 (44%)
There was no further breakdown of the figures for Singaporeans and PRs separately.
With the incomplete data shown, Mr Giam set out to ask Minister Lim for a further breakdown of last year’s retrenchment figures for Singaporeans and PRs separately.
Despite being confronted by Mr Giam’s questions in Parliament, Minister Lim chose to continue to evade giving any direct replies.”
Can avoid answering 6 questions?
The Minister can avoid answering just one question on the breakdown of the retrenched residents.
Can he possibly avoid answering altogether the following six questions on the labour statistics?
… breakdown of the total resident workforce into Singaporeans and PRs (estimated figures are 1,930,769 Singaporeans (53.3%), 329,231 PRs (9.1%) and 1,364,000 (37.6%) – derived using data from the Employment Situation First Quarter 2015 report)
… breakdown of the long-term unemployed residents into Singaporeans and PRs (there is no way to estimate this, but it may be more likely for PRs who can’t get a job after a very long time to leave Singapore)
… breakdown of the gross median wages for full-time employed residents excluding employer CPF contribution, into Singaporeans and PRs (estimated figure is that PRs generally earn about 20 plus per cent more than Singaporeans)
… breakdown of the gross median wages for all workers (full-time and part-time) excluding employer CPF contribution, into Singaporeans and PRs
… breakdown of the economically inactive residents into Singaporeans and PRs
… breakdown of the Part-time for Economic Reasons into Singaporeans and PRs
In the unlikely event that the Minister cannot answer all six questions at all – then what answer to you think Singaporeans may like to give to him?
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