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BAN FOREIGN HR PROFESSIONALS TO END JOB DISCRIMINATION AGAINST S'POREANS

After talking to Terry Xu, Chief Editor of theonlinecitizen, which has done numerous stories on foreigners competing with Singaporeans for jobs, having made enquiries in Singapore, Asean and Asian countries – there is apparently some “funny things” going on in HR recruitment – leading to discrimination against Singaporeans.

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LOCAL PMET JOBS ADVERTISED ON FOREIGN JOB PORTALS, WHERE IS OUR PRIORITY?

A friend who has been unemployed for more than a year, after being laid off by a multi-national company (MNC) in Singapore despite sending more than a hundred applications alerted me to a job posting for IT applications analyst that was also posted on an Indonesian jobstreet website. Such PMET jobs should only be posted in the National Jobs Bank to give Singaporeans priority. So far, there are already 53 applicants (21 foreign and 32 local).

The consistent rhetoric in the media that PMET IT jobs are the fastest growing jobs sector and that there is a severe shortage of Singaporeans to fill the jobs available do not seem to connect with the reality on the ground, that as I understand it – many unemployed Singaporean PMET IT professionals are facing. For those who have more information and experience on this issue – please share. What are your thoughts on the above?

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SINGAPORE HR PRACTICES BIASNESS AGAINST LOCALS

Singapore's high unemployment rate partly contributed by the bad HR recruitment framework. Gender, experiences and age are often the main blocks in the hiring process as hr personnel do not consider the qualified local applicant's inspiration and positive attitude towards the job.

Meaning to say that hr's bias play a bigger role in the structural unemployment in Singapore. Yes, experiences do count but most of the time, they are ridiculously stated beyond reason and then excusably fitted with incompetent FTs, resulting locals deny chances of getting the job.

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HOW MANY JOBS ACTUALLY WENT TO SINGAPOREANS? DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SGREANS?

The persistent view that “foreigners are here to take away our jobs” is due to employers in some segments not giving fair consideration to the recruitment and development of local manpower, he added” – how do we explain the startling statistics that the employment change for the two years from 2015 to 2016 was 11,400 jobs to locals against 37,300 to foreigners?

2015-16: 60,000 new PRs, 40,000 new citizens?

Also, with an estimated 60,000 new PRs and 40,000 new citizens granted in the two years from 2015 to 2016 – how many of the 11,400 locals’ jobs went to Singaporeans?

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MOM TAKES ACTION AGAINST COMPANIES THAT PRACTICE LOCALS REJECTION

In Parliament today, the Ministry of Manpower reported that they took action against 50 companies for not giving Singaporeans a fair chance when hiring. The 50 companies were taken to task by MOM, which included 500 employment passes applied by the companies to be rejected.

Good that the government are finally taking steps to prevent Singaporean workers being marginalized in their own country. We are Singapore, and Singaporeans should take care of Singaporeans. However, am very sure that they may be more than 50 companies doing this. The MOM would just have to carry on flushing out these errant companies, make sure they give Singaporeans a fair chance of getting jobs in their own country.

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ACTIVISTS TO ORGANIZE PROTEST AGAINST WATER PRICE HIKE @ HONG LIM

When finance minister Mr Heng Swee Kiat went to deliver the budget speech in Parliament, many people were relieved to know that the minister has finally recovered from his horrible stroke and ready to serve the country again. But the welcoming relief soon turned to shock as the minister drops a bombshell by announcing a 30% price hike in our water pricing.

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SDP: PAP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF S'POREANS BY INTRODUCING PRICE HIKES DURING POOR ECONOMY

It is shocking that the Government will increase prices for water by 30 percent. This comes at a time when Singaporeans are facing great uncertainty as the economy takes a turn for the worse. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat justified the hike by pointing out that water prices have not increased in 17 years. He did not provide figures to back his claim that the costs of supplying water to Singaporeans have increased. Citing the fact that water prices have not increased in 17 years is an excuse, not a valid reason, for the price hike. The PAP is clearly taking advantage of Singaporeans by collecting more tax revenue at a time when the people can least afford it.

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FEWER FOREIGN STUDENTS TURNING TO SG FOR STUDIES, PRIVATE EDUCATION IN DECLINE

In 2012, there were 100,000 locals and 35,000 foreign students studying in private schools in Singapore. By 2015, the number has fallen to 77,000 locals and 29,000 foreigners. In 2016, Singapore saw the closure of 25 private schools due to fewer foreign students coming in to fill enrollment numbers. The Committee For Private Education (CPE) says a total of 42 schools were de-registered in 2015 and 2016 alone.

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S'POREANS SHDN'T JUST SPEAK UP AGAINST INJUSTICE IN USA, BUT IN SG TOO

The Straits Times has come out strong against Donald Trump's #MuslimBan, calling it a "grave travesty of reason and values": [http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/st-editorial/a-grave-travesty-of-rea...

The editorial warns of the dangers of "creating a class of religions and cultures to be trusted and therefore to be preferred over those that cannot."

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