Complaints

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SPC HIRING PRC CASHIERS WHO CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH

I went to the SPC petrol station at Sembawang where the cashier is PRC who can't speak a word of English. While I was queuing to pay for my petrol, an old Malay uncle who was in front of me, was struggling to converse with the cashier. Let me just state for the record, that though he's old, probably 65, he could speak English. As there were no other cashiers around to translate, I had to step in and assist. Although the cashier was polite and pleasant, she was unable to communicate.

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IT IS DIFFICULT TO INTEGRATE PRCs INTO SINGAPORE

The government here might want the ‘hunger’ of PRC nationals for its economy. It is not worth it. Other immigrants have ‘hunger’ too, but not quite in the way the ‘hunger’ of some PRC nationals can manifest like this fighting and kicking incident. I am not trying to say all PRC nationals turn out this way. I’m saying we have enough PRC nationals already and there could be more balance. The balance can be achieved by considering other nationals – some of the same ethnic background as majority Chinese – but that means basically drastically reducing the number of nationals from PRC in favour of these other nationals.

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JOBLESS SINGAPOREAN: CIVIL SERVICE DID NOT LEAD BY EXAMPLE

I have applied many positions but only received one rejected reply. This job has the lowest salary and qualifications. All the jobs I applied are within the government. Our government encourages Singapore employers to give priority to Singaporeans when it comes to hiring employees. I am sure the civil sector would lead an example in helping jobless fellow Singaporeans!

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WHY ARE TAXI COMPANIES HIRING PINOY TAXI DRIVERS NOW?

I took a cab from my office to ubi this morning and I encounter a Pinoy driving taxi in Singapore. Isn't this illegal in Singapore? I am shocked that some Taxi companies are breaking laws by hiring Pinoy to be working as Taxi drivers. Are our local taxi drivers going to be displaced as well? The pinoy speak with a very strong accent that I couldn't understand properly and he was also extremely rude to Singaporeans like me.

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH NATIONAL SERVICE IN SINGAPORE?

The point I’m trying to make is that the National Service system severely disrupts the lives of civilians who fail an annual physical fitness test, by increasing their obligation to National Service by almost 4 times! That’s harsh and I would argue unjust. It does not take into account the record of service or the original expectation of our supposed duty to the country. I’ve probably spent more time trying to pass this damn test than actually being a military reserve for the SAF. So I ask, is that fair? Is this how you acknowledge your supposed “Sons of Singapore”? Those of us who fail the annual physical fitness test might be a minority, but we’ve also fulfilled the SAME obligations as every body else, and anything more is a punishment. Scrap the remedial training program altogether. As a deterrent it is unacceptable to my rights as a citizen.

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RACIST PRC SBS BUS DRIVER CHASES HEAVILY PREGNANT MALAY WOMAN OFF THE BUS

This stupid bus driver of 269 @ Ang Mo Kio bus interchange really heartless. I am 7 months pregnant alone. I am carrying a 9 months old baby, with a small bag and a light weight pram.The bus driver uncle chased me out of the bus just because I never fold the pram I was hurrying myself to board bus 269 at 12.40pm. He shouted at me in hokkien asking me to fold the pram.

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LOCAL ACADEMICS BEING DISCRIMINATED BY FOREIGN HEADS IN UNIVERSITIES

When I was on the job market, a bunch of NUS search committee, five of them in total, gave me “Kangaroo” interview with no intention hiring me. As I recall, the search committee was made up of foreigners, coming from China, India and elsewhere. The head of the search committee was a Chinese, who at that time was himself a recent hire. Needless to say, the committee ended up hiring a bunch of foreign newbies. The interesting thing was, the head of the search committee had no intention of building up the department at NUS. I later found out that shortly after our meeting, he quit NUS and left the country.

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MALAY FAMILY TOLD BY HDB OFFICERS TO “TONE DOWN” NOISE AFTER COMPLAINTS BY PRC NATIONALS

A Malay family with four children were told by HDB officers repeatedly to tone down their ‘noise’ after being their PRC neighbors lodged complaints against them. “Now, here’s what I don’t get: I thought the Singapore government wants Singaporeans to have more kids so why in the blue-est of blue hell did they send the HDB officers to tend to the complain as if they are siding with the China National?! They asked my sister is it possible to tone down the kids’ noises. It’s like asking can u please go fuck yourself for no reason?”

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WHY I WILL NEVER RETURN TO SINGAPORE!

I would describe my time living in Singapore as sterile. Nothing particularly bad happened, but it wasn’t particularly good either. Daily life was convenient, but it was only the bare minimum of living. I had everything I needed to be comfortable, but I didn’t have anything that inspired me. Even though there wasn’t a language barrier, I encountered a hefty communication barrier. In my experience, people were polite but conversations rarely moved past surface-level niceties. Of the conversations that I took part in and overheard, the vast majority of them were about work. I routinely watched people work 15 hours days and stress over strict deadlines. Yes it was living, and they were making progress, but it wasn’t holistic and people openly admitted to me that it wasn’t fulfilling.

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MY ENCOUNTER WITH A PINOY THIEF AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT

When the pouch was found in her bag, the Pinoy lady denied putting it into her bag and said in her heavily Filipino accented English that someone had planted the old lady’s pouch in her bag. As passengers were boarding the plane then, the elderly woman decided not to press charges as she did not want to miss the flight. The Pinoy lady was allowed to board the plane.

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