Tag Archives: LIM SWEE SAY

SITI HADIJAH MOHAMED SIN CHARGED WITH ILL-TREATING 2-YEARS-OLD STUDENT

The former childcare teacher who allegedly broke the leg of a two-year-old boy was charged in a district court on Tuesday with ill-treating him. The alleged offence of Siti Hadijah Mohamed Sin, 51, who had been a part-time teacher at a My First Skool branch in Toa Payoh, was caught on the centre's security camera last July. She is said to have grabbed him by his upper arms and heaved him backwards onto the floor twice. This allegedly caused a hairline fracture in his left shin.

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HOW DID INDIANS END UP DOMINATING SG’S IT SECTOR?

Even the very few brave young Singaporeans who dare venture into the IT sector find themselves bullied by the Indian foreign legions who are the majority. Many have told me that senior Indian IT workers will never train a fresh Singaporean IT worker. They will squeeze that Singaporean out. They will make sure that the Singaporean flops so badly in their job that HR will think that all the Singaporean IT workers suck. So Singaporeans will never get to be trained in the IT field, leaving the Indians to continue to dominate that sector. It is the same as any animal species trying to eliminate competition from another species in the same forest.

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Targeted minimum wage – a positive step, but more can be done

We note that there are many enforcement and legislative functions in the suggestions above, to ensure that the worker-centric aspirations of this policy do not go to waste through mismanagement. The Ministry of Manpower needs to play an active role here to ensure the right conduct of companies. The fact that the announcement was made by the DPM clearly demonstrates the gravity of the policy and the need to do right by workers. We also hope that MOM will take DPM’s lead and work towards fair wages for all industries in Singapore.

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Cleaners’ Progressive (Minimum) Wage Model

The Government announced in the Committee of Supply debate 2013 that all cleaning companies (presumably, it means the cleaning services providers) would be licensed this year to uplift standards more widely across the industry. Key licensing requirements include mandatory training courses and adoption of the PWM for cleaners. Do we really need to license cleaning services providers to uplift cleaning standards? Does the Government intend to mandate minimum cleaning standards and suspend or revoke licences if such standards are not achieved or maintained.

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ARE YOU SURE SG’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS SO LOW?

We do have a lot of PMETs who have lost their jobs and have no choice but to take up taxi, property and insurance licenses. They want their old job but are doing temp now. And I’m sure, for taking up such jobs even though it is out of necessity, the government will still consider them to be “employed”. The good economy is derived from overtaxing Singaporeans and casinos. Citizens have not really benefited. But to continue to hoodwink the public into believing that a good economy means many good jobs, they are “fixing the stats” through various means. With so many unemployed and underemployed people around me, how can I believe the government’s unemployment figure?

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Singapore ranks top 10 expensive cities once again

It is interesting to note that amongst the top 10 most expensive cities in the world, 5 out of 7 of the countries that the cities are situated in all operate on a minimum wage system. San Francisco (ranked 9th) has the highest minimum wage of S$12.65 per hour, followed by New York (ranked 5th) with a minimum wage of S$9 per hour. Even Switzerland, the only country that does not have an official minimum wage other than Singapore, is slowly gearing towards operating based on a minimum wage system – with the Swiss residents being able to vote on whether they want to have this system or not.

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Basic salary rate is a good start, but does not go far enough

The causes of the Little India riot are of course many and I do not want to over simplify the problem. That being said, I sincerely believe that chronic frustration over their working conditions are a significant part of the equation. It is therefore crucial to address the needs of our construction workers too. In the words of labour activist, Jolovan Wham: “I think it’s a good first step, but this should pave the way for legislation to be enacted eventually… Such a basic wage should apply to sectors like construction, marine and services, for instance, and also apply to workers of all nationalities.”

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Cleaners, guards to get pay hike under new system

Cleaning firms must offer entry-level salary of S$1,000 and give increments in tandem with skills upgrading. Starting in September — after legislative changes are introduced later this month and passed by Parliament — cleaning companies must pay an entry-level salary of S$1,000 each month, up from the current median gross monthly wage of about S$850, and subsequently give increments in tandem with skills upgrading.

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