Tag Archives: Straits Times 18 Aug 2014

FROM SCHOOL DROPOUT TO SHIPYARD MANAGER

MR ROY Lim, 57, now draws a five-figure salary every month as a shipyard manager at Keppel Fels. But the man, who described himself as "playful", was a school dropout. After Secondary 2, he went on to the Vocational and Industrial Training Board, the predecessor of the Institute of Technical Education. But again he did not complete his studies there.

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ORDINARY FOLKS THE STARS OF THE RALLY

In Malay, he paid tribute to Singapore's first President Yusof Ishak. He also told stories of two young Malay men who excelled academically. But he devoted most of his English speech to people from the masses, showcasing a host of people, young and middle-aged, who did not start with university degrees but had done well. At last year's Rally, PM Lee had promised a "new way forward" - a new governing philosophy where the Government will do more to give people a helping hand to level up in life. This year's Rally builds on that, focusing on ways to help retirees, and helping workers gain deep skills and knowledge to advance in their careers.

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Better job prospects for non-grads

The public service will also merge more graduate and non-graduate schemes so that everyone will have equal opportunities on the same career track. And non-graduates will be promoted faster to positions that were traditionally considered "graduate-level" jobs, once they prove they are capable.

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National Day Rally 2014: CPF changes good but devil is in the details

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong squarely addressed all three issues in his speech by announcing a few significant changes to the system. On adequacy, he announced two changes. One is making four-room flats eligible for the Lease Buyback Scheme. The other is giving low-income elderly a yearly bonus to help them with their expenditures during their retirement years through a new Silver Support scheme. At the same time, Mr Lee also said that CPF members will be able to withdraw a lump sum from their savings, possibly up to 20 per cent, after they reach 65 years of age.

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National Day Rally 2014: Will government agencies really place skills above degrees?

They must not be caught up with the idea that a degree is the only path to a fulfilling career, he said. Singapore must always be a place where everyone can feel proud of what they do, and anyone can improve his life if he works hard, he said. He also talked about the need to shift employment practices and mindsets, including that of the Public Service Division which does the hiring for the government. This, I think, is crucial for the shift to happen.

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Dramatic progress by Malay/Muslim community

THE Malay/Muslim community has "progressed dramatically" in the 50 years since Mr Yusof Ishak was president, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday, as he expressed confidence that it would continue moving ahead through education and training. Speaking in Malay, he cited how household incomes had risen steadily and more Malay/Muslims were making it to post-secondary education and becoming professionals, managers, executives and technicians.

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POLY GRAD ROSE TO BECOME SHIPYARD CEO

WHEN Mr Abu Bakar joined Keppel Shipyard in 1990 as a diploma holder, he never thought he could rise to become a chief executive officer. The Singapore Polytechnic graduate started out as an assistant safety officer and slowly moved up the ranks, working in other areas such as production and marketing. Today, the 48-year-old has been the CEO of Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine, a shipyard in Qatar, for nearly four years.

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