See when the PAP says it will take care of the poor and underprivileged, it is really serious. Take this recent initiative, toilet cleaners will now be called RESTROOM EXECUTIVES. Wow! Who
could have thought of this except a First World government. Now that is a such a first world term for toilet cleaners.
Let me move on to the topic of gambling. Remember when the PAP sought after support for building those casinos, they promised they will be committed to solving problem gambling. Now some people are saying the PAP has renegaded on its promise, just look at Singapore Pools outlets extending opening hours during the World Cup, expanding into phone betting and increasing the types of bets available for gambling. When you go to an outlet, you hardly see a single poster warning about 'problem gambling'.
Don't worry the PAP govt will eliminate problem gambling just as they have lowly jobs such as toilet cleaners. I heard they will rename gambling to "chance gaming" . See how smart the govt is!! There will be no more gamblers in Singapore only gamers.....problem solved..
Singaporeans are so lucky to have a govt that is so innovative at solving problems.
Singapore to upgrade toilet cleaners to "restroom specialists"
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore, famous for its spotless streets, is stepping up its campaign against filth in the restroom with a training program to boost the status and skills of the city-state's toilet cleaners, a newspaper reported Thursday.
More than 50 toilet cleaners will be promoted to "restroom specialist" upon completing the three-day pilot course taught by Japanese experts in the latest toilet technology, The Straits Times reported.
The program - sponsored by the city-state's National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore-based World Toilet College - aims to boost the image and wages of professional toilet cleaners by training them to do more on the job, The Straits Times reported.
The college has flown in three top Japanese trainers to conduct the course on improving cleaning techniques and technical expertise to the initial group of 51 cleaners.
"The plan is to expand the pilot course to a 64-hour one, after which trainees will be certified as 'restroom specialists,'" the article said.
"Cleaners have low morale and low skills," the paper quoted Jack Sim, the World Toilet College's founder, as saying. "We want to professionalize them and teach them to be proud of their jobs."
Sim said he plans to train all 5,000 toilet cleaners in the tiny city-state and raise their average monthly wage to 950 Singapore dollars (US$598; €472), from the previous S$750 (US$472; €373).
This cleanliness-obsessed nation has launched a number of campaigns to improve the city-state's toilets.
In November last year, the government released new guidelines for public toilet usage to cut down on long lines at women's restrooms. It has also published maps to Singapore's 500 cleanest public toilets, and awarded "five-star" or "Happy Toilet" ratings to those with spic-and-span interiors.
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