Workers' Party's Leon Perera spoke up about the restrictions to asking more questions in Parliament due to limited quota. He listed questions on transport, finance, parliamentary videos, etc that have not been answered since April.
Our reader warned against living in the new Geylang BTO flats as the area still sees suspicious characters loitering around. He claims that his neighbour's daughter was molested in the vicinity. He thinks the area is not safe for families and expects it to become yet another slum. "I wonder why the government doesn't know about this 2-room and 3-room flat problem. Why not mix it up? Why create slums? If got ethnic quota why don't have an income quota where a flat have all kinds of flats that cater to different stratas?"
According to the Straits Times news report “New scheme offers SMEs flexibility in retaining and hiring foreign workers” (Aug 19) – “The Manpower Ministry (MOM) will allow some companies to temporarily retain more of their better-skilled foreign workers as long as they commit to cutting their overall foreign workforce numbers eventually. Instead of curtailing the huge influx of foreign workers – we now seem to be introducing a scheme to help companies hire even more foreign workers.
According to the Straits Times news report “Expert: Adjust foreign labour quotas for some sectors” (Jun 10) – “adjusting foreign labour quotas to allow certain sectors to hire more foreign workers would help firms meet demand, rake in more revenue and possibly help raise labour productivity in the long run”.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say had strong words for companies who are always appealing for leniency for foreign worker quotas. He said companies needed to realise that there is no turning back on foreign worker policies. He stated that Singapore can no longer afford to adopt a liberal policy towards taking in foreign labour if Singapore were to continue on this path, soon the local to foreign manpower ratio would be come 1:1.