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WP Yee Jenn Jong Counters Chan Chun Sing's Opinions On Construction Sector

WP Yee Jenn Jong Counters Chan Chun Sing's Opinions On Construction Sector

Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing recently responded to media questions about the over-reliance on foreign construction workers. To replace this 300,000 foreign workforce, he argued that Singapore will need 2,500 local babies per year over the next 40 years to become construction workers. His challenge was based on the assumption that 100,000 Singaporean workers will be three times as productive as these foreign labour. Just today, the Workers' Party Yee Jenn Jong wrote a blog post to counter Chan Chun Sing's opinion.

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Commentary: Josephine Teo Allegedly Stressed Until Cannot Speak Properly

Commentary: Josephine Teo Allegedly Stressed Until Cannot Speak Properly

Due to the outbreak of Covid19 in many foreign worker dormitories, the Minister of Manpower (MOM) Josephine Teo has been in the spotlight. At many press conferences where she had to address various issues relating to the high incidence of migrant workers infection, her most frequently-uttered word is none other than “dormitory” (ies). Josephine Teo's pronunciation of the biggest keyword in Singapore’s Covid-19 vocabulary today could have been off-key — and often, distractingly inconsistent. In the case of Josephine Teo, her pronunciation of “dormitory” may have strayed from habit due to the great stress the D word has put upon the nation and her. Confronting or uttering it could even be upsetting.

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Covid19: Ho Ching Says Ex-Nurse Talking Rubbish About Unhygienic Migrant Workers Mixing Around at Changi Exhibition Centre

According to expert Ho Ching, it is perfectly fine for patients at Changi Exhibition Centre to mingle around freely because they are "covided patients". She said the "ex-nurse" who claimed that the patients were unhygienic and not practising safe-distancing was talking "rubbish".

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Covid19: Video of Mass Dance at Expo Investigated For Unauthorised Filming

An infectious video of a nurse leading a group of patients, mostly migrant workers, in a mass dance at Expo has been flagged as an unauthorised filming of patient activity. What an anti-climax! It is not clear if it was a staff or patient who took the video but there was no doubt it raised the spirits of many, including other foreign workers, and whoever took it probably wanted to spread the cheer. Many have shared it on social media, including Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin.

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Covid19: Josephine Teo Claims No Migrant Worker Has Demanded An Apology

Covid19: Josephine Teo Claims No Migrant Worker Has Demanded An Apology

In Parliament on 4 May, Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Anthea Ong asked Minister of Manpower (MOM) Josephine Teo if the government will apologise to the foreign workers for the Covid19 outbreak in many dormitories. Josephine Teo claimed "I have not come across one single migrant worker himself that has demanded an apology". Her remarks have been criticised by many netizens. There were some who felt there is no shame in apologising considering these workers have helped build many of Singapore's infrastructure. Others called out her lack of humility for thinking she did no wrong, and that an apology needs to be demanded before it can be given.

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Covid19: Employer Of Foreign Workers Complains MOM Policies Suck

Covid19: Employer Of Foreign Workers Complains MOM Policies Suck

An employer who hires foreign workers complained that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) policies suck. His criticisms include how MOM comes out with multiple policies daily, and how information about these policies are passed on to employers inconsistently. He also explained that employers also face constraints and limits, and urged the ministers to walk the ground to see how employers are scrambling around trying to keep up with their short-notice policies.

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Covid19: Ho Ching Says Singaporeans' Living Habits No Different From Foreign Workers'

Ho Ching: Singaporeans should reflect on their own living habits and hygiene before pointing fingers at foreign workers at dormitories. Singaporeans' living habits are no different from that of foreign workers at dormitories. Even though Singaporeans think they are "clean", they may be the ones spreading the virus around.

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Covid19: Straits Times Edited The Confirmed Coronavirus Cases For 17 April 2020

Covid19: Straits Times Edited The Confirmed Coronavirus Cases For 17 April 2020

On 17 April 2020 the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 623 confirmed Covid19 cases in Singapore as of 12pm. This meant the total number of coronavirus cases was over 5,050. However the more interesting part was many netizens pointing out how Straits Times (ST) had edited its article. According to various screenshots, the same ST article had contradicting information about Singapore having 5,050 and also 5,573 confirmed cases.

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Social Distancing And Retaining 890,400 Foreign Workers Is Self Contradictory Objectives

Social Distancing And Retaining 890,400 Foreign Workers Is Self Contradictory Objectives

Singapore is already tiny and over-congested. Yet the gahmen encourages companies to keep the 890,400* Work Permit and S-Pass workers by offering levy waiver. Then now our SAF, SPF, MOM officers being used as butlers, security and food servers to these foreign workforce. Then the gahmen want to practice 'social distancing'. Keeping the foreign workforce and maintaining social distancing are mutually exclusive ideas. The PAP ideal is an impossible outcome. It is either more people in our island, or people spread further apart.

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