Sunday, September 18, 2005

Ingenius approach to bring down Unemployment in Singapore

The employment rate in Singapore subbornly stays at historically high levels. This despite very determined effort from the government to redesign jobs, retrain workers and lumping the PR with Singaporeans in computation of unemployment figures. I thought the government might be at its wits end. But that is not so!!!! Indeed our ingenius government should never be underestimated.

I work at a small company in Kallang Basin, needless to say most of the workers are from China including the programmers. Many of them cannot speak English so I have to double up as TRANSLATOR which secures my job as the employer is not good as Mandarin. During break time, they sometimes show me pictures from back home. Many of these Chinese are from villages, and their houses are like those old time kampung houses very backward. So what has all this got to do with unemployment in Singapore? ....

Well I was chatting with one of Chinese software programmers, he told me he has applied for Singaporean citizenship and will most likely get it, he said he receive much encouragement to be a Singaporean. WOW! I thought this must be a stroke of GENIUS by the PAP government:

1. By converting mainland Chinese to Singaporean, it would mean our unemployment will go down since there is one additional citizen with a job. Now I fully understand what the Singapore minister means when he said 'bringing foreigners to singapore will help to create jobs for Singaporeans'. Jobs are created for Singaporeans because the foreigner becomes a Singaporean!!! If that is not genius, what is?!

2. The conversion of Chinese to Singaporeans will also quickly help solve the problem of Singaporeans unwilling to take up the responsibility of having kids.

From this episode, I can say some of the brilliance of our govt cannot be so easily appreciated...

2 comments:

peasant said...
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Anonymous said...

Jobs are created for Singaporeans because the foreigner becomes a Singaporean!!! If that is not genius, what is?!

LOL