LIM SWEE SAY

LIM SWEE SAY: HIGHWAY COLLAPSE COULD'VE BEEN AVOIDED, DON'T OVERLOOK WORKPLACE SAFETY

Responding to the recent highway collapse near PIE which left 1 dead and 10 injured, Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say said it was a man-made incident that could be avoided if everyone paid enough attention to workplace safety. DUH.

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LIM SWEE SAY SAYS: UNEMPLOYMENT TO RISE BUT WE'LL EMERGE STRONGER

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say has said that we will experience a rise in unemployment rate. In his May Day message, he said some sectors are still struggling with structural changes and would need more time to get through this stressful period.

Although the unemployment rate for Singaporean workers rose to 3% last year, Mr Lim told people not to worry as he is sure the economy is still growing.

He said while there is no shortcut to success, he is convinced that we will emerge stronger from this as long as employers and workers are faster in coping with challenges and adjusting to new environments.

Don't say metal rice bowl, got wooden rice bowl must be happy already.

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LIM SWEE SAY CRITICISE SURBANA JURONG, SACKED WORKERS REPUTATION REMAINS TARNISHED

So, the Manpower Minister criticised Surbana yesterday for publicly labeling its employees "poor performers" when they were fired early last month. Lim Swee Say said the manner in which the infrastructure consultancy had laid off 54 workers, then criticised them in a strongly worded letter to staff and a statement to the media, was unacceptable.

But that's all they can do, isn't it?

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S'PORE JOBS BANK IS A BIG WAYANG, NO REAL PROTECTION FOR S'POREANS FIRST POLICY

In my honest opinion, Jobs Bank is one of the biggest wayang ever. Employers do not flout regulations. Because there are none to flout. The only regulation required is that they post the Job openings on Jobs Bank for 14 days before they allowed to hire an FT. And that's it. All employers need to do is to put up the opening on Jobs Bank for 14 days, don't respond to any Singaporean application, don't read any resume, don't arrange any interview, and that's it. They get to hire an FT. Legally endorsed.

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LIM SWEE SAY: I WANT TO MAKE EVERY JOB A BETTER JOB TO STOP UNEMPLOYMENT

Lim Swee Say says that the rising unemployment in S'pore is result of job-skills mismatch among S'poreans as Singapore transition to quality growth. To reduce this job-skills mismatch, he says the key is to make "every job a better job and every career a better career".

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ARE S'POREANS REALLY "HENG" TO BE BORN IN S'PORE?

During the last election, Minister Lim Swee Say said heng ah, he was born in Singapore and many Singaporeans agreed with him. But the truth is, you don't have to be born in Singapore to be heng in Singapore: To say otherwise would be to suggest that you are less deserving than your foreign born counterpart and have been given a good life only because you are Singapore born and not because you are actually good.

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MOM TOO LAX IN ALLOWING FOREIGNERS WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASES TO WORK HERE?

Should Singaporeans be concerned with the current medical examination procedures with physical examination like blood pressure, chest and abdominal examination, blood test, etc. as routine tests and screening for only 4 types of infectious diseases. i.e. Tuberculosis, HIV, Syphilis and Malaria (Hepatitis excluded) before work passes are approved?

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CHALLENGE OF THE "3 PEAKS" CAUSED BY PAST GOVT POLICIES?

According to the Straits Times news report “S’pore faces challenge of ‘three peaks’: Swee Say“ (Aug 28) – “The leaders who emerge from the Sept 11 General Election will have to tackle key challenges posed by peaks in Singapore’s workforce, population and the elderly. Calling them the “three peaks”, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said yesterday that much is at stake at the polls because strategies will have to be found to address the implications of these issues.”

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