Tag Archives: LIM SWEE SAY

LIM SWEE SAY: GOVT WON’T RELAX FOREIGN WORKER QUOTA

"We cannot afford to continue to adopt a more liberal policy towards taking in foreign manpower,” said Mr Lim. “If we continue to do so, the ratio of local workers versus foreign manpower will continue to decline. As mentioned, from 4:1, 3:1 to 2:1 and in the near future, if we continue this path, it'll be 1:1. And beyond that, one day Singaporeans will wake up to find ourselves a minority in the Singapore workforce and obviously, that's not sustainable, that's not desirable.

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S’PORE CITIZENS HAVE THE HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THAN SPR & FOREIGNERS

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said on Tuesday that he has been able to get their agreement to work towards four priority outcomes. These are: becoming more manpower lean, building a strong Singaporean core, ensuring the foreign workforce is of good quality and maintaining Singapore’s competitiveness.” We have been hearing these same rhetoric for years.

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DEGREE AND ACCREDITATION MILLS WORK TOGETHER TO DECEIVE EMPLOYERS

While I welcome Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say's clarification on fraudulent educational qualifications ("Work pass, PR applicants who lie to be 'dealt with firmly'"; Tuesday), it raises several more issues. First, Mr Lim makes a distinction between a fraudulent degree and one that is obtained from a degree mill. However, insofar as some degree mills literally confer on the "student" a certificate without any work being done, the distinction between a company that sells a fake Cambridge University degree and a degree awarded by "Cambridgeshire University" are very slight.

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LIM SWEE SAY’S STANCE ON DEGREE MILLS HARMS SINGAPORE

Globally degree mills are seen as illegal. There are reports where workers bought degree and try to pass themselves as graduate. When they are caught, they are at best fired, in some cases jailed. Buying a degree is not a crime, but trying to benefit from it and passing it off as accredited qualification eg using it to gain employment or promotion is a crime in many states in US n many countries. This is to maintain the integrity of degrees issued by tertiary institutes from the states.

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MINISTER LIM REFUSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON RETRENCHMENT BREAKDOWN

Despite being confronted by Mr Giam’s questions in Parliament, Minister Lim chose to continue to evade giving any direct replies. 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? 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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LIM SWEE SAY: OK TO USE DEGREES FROM DEGREE MILLS?

New Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say on Monday wrote an entry in his blog to explain how the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) treats forged degrees and those from degree mills in Employment Pass and S Pass applications. His explanation included an infographic (see below) and the potential penalty for providing forged degrees.

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NINJAGIRL: LIM SWEE SAY IS THE COOLEST LABOUR CHIEF EVER!

I found this Japanese website talking about “benefits of doing business in Singapore”. There are the usual low corporate tax, efficient system, great human resources… nothing surprising to me, but what I found at the very end was rather shocking. It said: “Weak trade unions”. The business consultant who wrote the article was actually telling Japanese people to come do business in Singapore, because the trade unions here are so weak there’s nobody to keep them from abusing their workers. Is this true?

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LIM SWEE SAY ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHY PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION SPENDING JUMPS 51.3% TO HIT $1 BILLION

In his reply to parliament regarding an expected 51.3% increase in the People's Association estimated spending for FY2015, Lim Swee Say said that the PA's budget for this year "reflects a higher level of commitment by the Government towards promoting social cohesion and racial harmony." Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Yee Jenn Jong had submitted a question to parliament asking how the PA's expenditure estimates for FY2015 reached approximately $1 billion.

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