Tag Archives: LIM SWEE SAY

PA’S BLANK CHEQUE MYSTERY UNSOLVED: UNABLE TO EXPLAIN HOW IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED

It remains a mystery how a ComCare social assistance recipient — who was sentenced to four months’ jail for forgery earlier this week — was given a blank cheque last year by those disbursing the funds. The People’s Association (PA), which oversees the Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs), has concluded its investigations into the incident. Responding to TODAY’s queries, it was unable to say how the incident could have occurred, but its spokesperson reiterated that all grassroots organisations under the PA have to observe stringent processes when issuing cheques.

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FIRMS, UNIONS AND GOVT TO IDENTIFY KEY SKILLS WORKERS NEEDED FOR NEW ECONOMY

Companies, unions and government agencies will be more involved in identifying key skills workers in various sectors will need in the future. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency will also enhance existing national training framework and develop sector-based competency frameworks that set out benchmarks for workers to upgrade themselves and plan their careers.

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UNIONISTS WORRIED ABOUT NEW CPF OPTION

An upcoming move by the Government to let workers who retire withdraw part of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings in a lump sum worries unionists. They fear it will bring grief to the very group of workers whose well-being they have always strived to protect: the low-wage earners. These rank-and-file workers have traditionally formed the backbone of NTUC's union membership. A lump sum withdrawal will reduce what is left in their CPF savings for the monthly payouts, they told Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a closed-door dialogue yesterday.

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GOVERNMENT FORCES FIRMS TO INCREASE PAY FOR SECURITY GUARDS

Once the wage ladder is ready, the Government will make it a compulsory part of licensing conditions for security companies, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general Zainal Sapari told a union event yesterday. He warned security firms: "If you do not pay your security officers salary based on the progressive wage model, then your licence won't be renewed."

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LIM SWEE SAY: YOUR CPF MONIES 100% SAFE

MINISTER in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say yesterday assured Singaporeans that their money in the Central Provident Fund (CPF) was "100 per cent safe". While many investments had been lost during the global financial crisis, he pointed out, CPF had still continued to earn interest then. "(The) money with CPF... was not only safe, but continued to earn risk-free interest," he told reporters on the sidelines of a mock parliamentary debate session for students at The Arts House.

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Zorro Lim: Use Less CPF Money to Prepare for Retirement

At a community event yesterday (22 Jun), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Labour Chief Lim Swee Say came up with a new solution for CPF members to beat inflation. He told the reporters that the best way for Singaporeans to prepare for retirement is to use less of their CPF money when they are young.

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ONG TENG CHEONG: I HAD A JOB TO DO, WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT LIKE IT OR NOT

In January 1986 I did sanction a strike, the first for about a decade. It was in the shipping industry where the management was taking advantage of the workers. I did not even tell the cabinet about santioning the strike. And some of them were angry with me about that. The minister for trade and industry was very angry, his officers were very upset. They had calls from America, asking what happened to Singapore? -- we are non-strike. I said: if I were to inform the cabinet or the government they would probably stop me from going ahead with the strike. It only lasted two days. Then all the issues were settled. It showed that management was just trying to pull a fast one. So I believe what I did was right.

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BOSSES FAVOURING FOREIGNERS

COMPLAINTS about preferential treatment of foreigners remain the No. 1 gripe Singaporeans have over unfair employment practices, for the third year running. They made up more than half of the 475 grievances - involving 295 employers - lodged last year with the national anti-discrimination watchdog. The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) did not reveal an exact breakdown in its annual review released yesterday.

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GOH KHEE KUAN: THE FOREIGN WORKER DILEMMA

The government says it wants to increase professional, manager, executive and technician jobs for Singaporeans. Many of these jobs are in MNCs, where are here not because they love our country, but because they see it as a place where they can set up shop and make what they consider to be a reasonable profit. When the MNCs go, many small and medium-sized enterprises enterprises will also be affected because they are sub-contractors of the MNCs.

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