Thursday, December 09, 2010

Numbers don't say what has happened to Singaporeans.....

In a recent analysis of the Workforce 2010 Report in the TOC[Link], Leong Sze Hian crunched the numbers and found the following (orginal extracted text from TOC in italics) :

  • The real nominal median income for all employed residents rose by only 1.1% to $2,500 in 2010.
  • Real wage growth for the last 10 years or so, is only about slightly over one per cent per annum.
  • The real median monthly income from work of residents in full-time employment only increased by 1.8% to $2,710 in 2010.
  • Part-timers’ real median monthly income increased significantly by 11% to $700 in 2010. This due to in part to reclassification of part-timers from those working below 30 hours to those working below 35 hours. This reclassification will also also result in an improvement of median monthly income numbers for full time workers because you need to work 5 more hours to be considered a full time worker.

The report basically tells us that things have not improved much for the resident worker for the past 10 years. as measured by the median income. However, the problem I have with the figures in the Workforce 2010 Report is it does not provide separate figures for residents (citizens + PRs) and Singapore citizens. Permanent Residecies are granted based on income, education and job status of a person through a selection criteria. Lumping the PRs with citizens makes it hard to tell what has happened to Singaporean workers over the years. Unemployment is reported as 4.1% among residents...but what is the unemployment among Singaporeans? PRs need to have a job to granted permant residency so grouping citizens with PRs makes it unclear how serious the unemployment problem is among Singaporeans.

The PAP govt claimed that importing FTs in large numbers as it has done in the past decade was for the benefit of Singaporeans. Why then does it not want to show the figures for Singaporeans especially those workers who are born Singaporeans (vs newly granted citizenships which is another distortion to the picture) to illustrate these benefits?

You can't tell exactly what has happened to Singaporean workers from the Workforce Report...just that things have not improved much and have likely worsened in the past decade..by how much we do not know because the govt refuses to say.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most people don't care what happens to Singaporeans. They only care what happens to themselves.

Basically, Singaporeans are a selfish lot. No one really cares about the plight of the poor until the poor riots or start robbing the rich in huge numbers and in broad daylight.

Singaporean bosses care more for their own bottomlines, like any other bosses. PAP is only giving them what they want; cheap workers who are willing to work long hours for little or no benefits.
The only ones who truly believe in good benefits are the bosses themselves, as long as the benefits are for them.

Even white collared workers want other people to work as cheap as possible, so that they can continue to buy their stuff at low prices.

Sharks are pushed to the brink of extinction, yet we insist on drinking sharks' fin soup with the same ferocity today as we did 20 years ago. It is the same with tuna sushi and tiger bones.

Humans are basically selfish. You don't tug at their heart strings, you basically don't tug at them at all.

Anonymous said...

You bet your ass that Sinkies are selfish buggers. I'm also one of them. I'm hoping for much higher mass import of foreigners, so that I will have never-ending market for my 2 Tanjong Rhu condos at high rentals. Low-level foreigners all forced to rent HDB pushing their rentals up, thus making it not worthwhile for my higher-level expats to downgrade even when I whack them with 15% rent increase. I tell them to beg from their bosses to increase their housing allowance. Ha ha!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the 2 comments above. Singaporeans are generally selfish why else would they continue to vote the PAP when a growing number of other Singaporeans are doing badly. They only care about themselves and PAP only needs to make sure roughly 60-65% are okay with the situation

Anonymous said...

Actually people don't stay poor all the time. Or even rich all the time. And Singapore provide the opportunites for people to become rich.

Yes, some of them were poor before but became rich later. Or vice versa.

So what I mean is that the poor over the years may not be the same people, even as the real median income does not increase much, or the number of poor increased.

Or put it more simply, the 33% who voted against PAP in 2001 may not be the same 33% who voted against PAP in 2006 or even at next election.

So it may not be the same people who are suffering all the time. And this is a good thing.

In Chinese there is a saying 风水轮流转 or "Fortune's wheel is ever turning".

So when will it be your turn to be rich? Or poor?

Anonymous said...

this rag to riches or riches to rag story maybe only happens to 1-2 percent of the population

Singapore provides opportunity for the rich to become richer only

Anonymous said...

Hv been talking about "help" for many years, but the "help" never come.
Will any real "help" ever come?

Anonymous said...

I am the only local born Singaporean in my engineering department. The rest are Bangalas, PRC Chinese, Burmese and Malaysian. I came from a family of 10 siblings living in a 1 room flat at the demolished Blk 81 Redhill Lane with my dad taking home abt 200$ a month. We were poor.
Yes, I do care about the poor. Local borns as well as poor Bangalas who paid $8k to come here. PRC Chinese who paid rmb 50k to come here. I always ask myself how the European, American and Aussie construction workers can build all those buildings and are properly paid while our labour ministar insist that we will be "uncompetitive" if we pay any more than what we are doing now. I personally think this is a big lie. The fact is that we are shifting these wages from the workers to the bosses and landlords. Let's not begrudge the capital land bosses for drawing million dollars salaries and bonuses. But let's give to the construction workers their rightful salaries. For this land belongs to local born Singaporeans, not just politicians and their appointed elites. Singapore for local born Singaporeans. Foreign workers should be welcome to work and make a decent living here. But they should not be given new citizenships so easily. Just like I cannot get a Bangala citizenship easily in order to buy up the cheap land available there. DT

Anonymous said...

#1 Singapore is NOT a country
#2 Foreigners MUST be able to own properties here. It keeps prices up and fills the pockets of:

A) Contruction Companies
B) Development Companies
C) Architects
D) Engineers
E) Landlords
F) Taxi drivers
G) Internet providers
H) Security Guards
I) Landscape providers
J) Rubbish disposal
K) Lift maintainence
L) Estate agents
M) Maids
N) Lawyers
O) Interior Designers
P) Government

We have been prostituting ourselves since Texas Instrument and Hitachi were begged to set up manufacturing plants here.. we now move into landlording big time.

Just get into the stream and enjoy the ride. Fighting it will not help

Anonymous said...

Most rich people I know stay rich. And their kids grow up to be rich, or at least upper middle-class, without relying on family inheritance.

Only a small minority super suay and get downgraded from rich to rags. And it's downhill all the way from there, for the next 2 generations at least.

All of my classmates from my independent school days are doing well. Even those who are not high-fliers and working as average white collar have been holding their own pretty well.

We only did something to help our Malay poor after the racial riots. I seriously think that as long nothing happens to shock the entire country upside down, no one will do anything serious to help the poor.

You will just get your usual wayang party, where there is $400 million budget for YOG and public festivities for tourist, and a very small budget to help the less fortunate.

As long as you don't use the "hungry man is an angry man" argument, nobody will pay you any attention.

Lye Khuen Way said...

I like the last comments about " a hungry man is an angry man" ! Or put another way, don't push a dog to the wall.
Guess what ? There might just be a showdown soon in Singapore !
Just wish that no one get really badly hurt.

Anonymous said...

The gov do have loose FT import policy. But tell me, who takes full advantage of it. The singaporeans, dun blame the FT. As we are the one that brought them in.

If you dun hire FT, and everyone just do the same, will FT multiply?

Aiya, if you can forgo abit of profit by hiring locals, sure wun have so much FT right.

Problem is for businessmen, no profit is deemed to little.

Anonymous said...

I find it strange that Japanese and Korean companies refuse to hire FT on the basis that FT are cheaper. They always prefer to hire local engineers, doctors, IT professionals. It is all part of national pride.

I never once met a Singaporean or Malaysian boss who will hire only his countrymen to do the important or high-tech work. Everyone is willing to hire outsider in the name of profit.

The words 'loyalty' or 'national interest' has absolutely no meaning to most nationalities in the 3rd World countries.

Sadly, even America is becoming third world by outsourcing most of its important productions. Your iPhone is a great example. Invented in America, mainly mass produced in China.

Anonymous said...

Any Singaporean who thinks or believes there will be no social political unrest in Sin will be in for rude shock.
It may not happen soon but could come within the next ten years, when the build-up of the extreme poor hits 50% or more i the population.
Or, when the minority poor are disadvantaged to their limits of tolerance.
And one thing for sure, growth cannot be expanded any further when population hits 8 million as it will not be possible to expand the population beyond that level.

Anonymous said...

There are several huge tracts of land in Singapore that have yet to be developed. Take a good drive along Woodlands, Punggol, Sengkang, Jurong and Tuas. And don't forget the seas between Singapore and Ubin, and Singapore and Tekong.

Gone are the days of 4-storey HDB flats or even 10 storey flats. New flats are all at least 15 storeys and even more compact than models from the 1990s.

It is very obvious that we are pushing for maybe close to 10 million residents. Given the low birth rate of Singaporeans, don't be surprised to find that the number of PRs will equal or exceed that of Singaporeans.

The income inequality is guaranteed to get worse, as Singapore moves towards a high rent, suppressed wages economy. Wages have been stagnant for a long time, while property prices continue to escalate.

That is the future!

Anonymous said...

My starting pay in 2009 is only $100 higher than my brother who started work in 2002. We both are university graduates.

HDB prices since 2002 have increased at least 50%. COEs for cars have hit a 10-year high. So I can't afford a home or a car.

I am defending your wealth, your home, your car, and probably the freedom of an FT to come steal my job by undercutting my salary.

It's time to vote out PAP.

Anonymous said...

"My starting pay in 2009 is only $100 higher than my brother who started work in 2002. We both are university graduates."
Anon 10/12/10 08:19

You are considered lucky since you are most probably not a scholar or with a good honours degree.

Thanks to cheap and good FTs readily available, some could not find a job even with pay expectation below that in 2002! Or can only get contract or temp jobs with "u know wat" benefits.

But as always PAP will most probably win again with at least 2/3 majority.

Vote PAP out? It is as realistic as expecting very high pay!

Anonymous said...

Just invest in property to rent to foreigners.
Do not work for others but yourself
Stay at home and work from there
to avoid vehicles and crowds
Eat cheaply..
If have kids, encourage them to leave before NS age
If overseas uni is done, stay there..
do not return.

You and I cannot vote anyone out and cannot vote anyone in.
But we can choose how to solve our own problems.

Destiny is what and how we make it to be.

The ballot box is and never was the path to effect change.

Leave when you can. There is no such thing as a "original" Singaporean.. they have long been determined as extinct.

Anonymous said...

Jobs are few or difficult to come by.
HDB prices & cost of livings are very high.
Yr only console is that u may get "help" every few years.
Is that enough?
It is better if we could find jobs easily and be self reliance.

Anonymous said...

Every analyst, every economics guru have supported that growth will come from Asia. That includes South East Asia, China, India.

Just about every investment fund is buying or will buy or invest in Asia over the next 3 to 5 years because there is poor returns and high risks in Europe and USA.

The economy here and the region is healthy and will continue to grow.
Businesses are extremely optimistic.

The issue here is: How do you and I get a bite of this cherry?
Look at trends, look at where the money is going into.

A recent Asian Developement Bank report states that banks in Singapore are over exposed to housing loans as compared to regional counterparts like Korea,Hong Kong by over 50% of their loans!

How long is an average housing loan? 20years?

Can you see the trend? How do banks here determine quality of borrowers? Have they allowed some margin for defaulters?

I know that they are very conservative and will approve loans based on their own valuations and even then, at a low percentage of that.

Banks here are not stupid and have done lots of calculations plus they have strong connections to people who are in the know.

They therefore, see the future as stable and worth their risk to dish out housing loans. How far down the future? 25 years... on top of that, there is the highest chance of interest rate hikes perhaps within the next 5 years.

How do they manage risks such as political risk? a change of government? a change of policies about housing loans?

Perhaps, the people who have taken up these loans risk paying even more interest on top of having negative equity on their homes.

That is their own doing.

The arguement that couples should be able to afford their own homes
is not a pre-requesit or a feature of married life. For that matter, then, married people should have children too. So why dont they?

Anonymous said...

well,at least at long last,we have an interesting comment above after all the low calibre PAP's rubbish.

I hope we get more high calibre PAP 's comments here,tyhat is my wish

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

There is already talk of an over supply in the property market(today's papers).
What? With 80,000 private homes, and HDBs many times more, coming into the market in the next few years, our government maybe over doing the cooling measures.
The property market is very sentiment driven. This place, known for making lots of money for homeowners, is heavily invested.
A wrong signal or move by the government will rock the confidence in our housing market. The housing tsunami that followed will claim many lives, jobs and bank accounts.
I hope the government knows what they are doing because, the oppositions will be ready to capitalize on their foolishness when everything collapses.
Of course, as an opposition and an investor waiting on the side, we are hoping for the property market to sink :)

Anonymous said...

heard of a story.
A sporean went overseas (western countries) to look for jobs, but hv to come back felt frustrated bec even low paying jobs or "dirty jobs" were protected for their locals.
When he came back, he was shocked to find that he could not compete with younger and "cheaper" FTs bec they come from "poorer" countries.
So he is now 5 years older, much poorer, hungrier and angrier.
For an ordinary people, what he want is very simple. What he want is only a simple job to support him, & be able to survive.

Anonymous said...

"A wrong signal or move by the government will rock the confidence in our housing market. The housing tsunami that followed will claim many lives, jobs and bank accounts."
Anon 10/12/10 14:46

Very unlikely to happen as long as PAP is the government and 80% lives in HDB flats. And who controls the new HDB flat prices, land acquisition and sales?
And who will not want to come or live here anymore?

And can you find any other country (with elections) where the ruling party and government is like the PAP?

Anonymous said...

No worries, PAP sure will drive home prices higher. They will engineer a moderate increase of 10% a year. Property prices will double every 7 years. With all those flood of new condos and HDB coming in, no problem. Plenty of Sinkies and foreigners all looking for investment property. After GE, PAP will allow all Sinkies to buy 2 HDB --- 1 to live in, the other to rent out. This will also give additional support to property prices. LKY's aspiration and promise to Sinkies will finally come true. PAP will also set a quota of importing 200,000 foreigners every year, in order to provide those who buy 2 HDB with plenty of tenants. So overall very manageable --- 10% home price increase every year, and 200K extra population every year.

By 2017 an average HDB flat will sell for at least $800K (even those 25-30 yr old ones). And population by then will be only 6.4 million --- still within parameters. Plus more & more Sinkies will become landlords and have passive income --- solve the old age and no money for retirement problem.

Anonymous said...

If By 2017 an average HDB flat will sell for at least $800K, then how long are u going to pay for it?
Are u going to pay for it in 80 years (assuming the lease is left with only 50 years??).
How are you going to buy another HDB if u take 80 years to pay yr first HDB?
People will tell u u can afford it. They don't understand or just ignore it, but u must understand whether u can afford it.
Don't be "daft" and be fooled.
If u don't understand whether u can afford it, u are going to suffer. People around u are also going to suffer.
Those people who say u can afford it will just laughing all their way to the banks.

Anonymous said...

Has the Sin Government factor in any unforeseen and unexpected calamity and eventuality?
Okay, geographically Singapore is far away from the earthquake belt and other climatic disasters and historically there were no great flood or prolonged disastrous dry spell. Does this means there will be no damaging freak climatic tragedy forever?
Political and social upheaval maybe as rare as the natural disaster in the past, does it also mean nothing bad will happen?
As a lay Singaporean who have live here all my life, i hope the short remaining time that me has, will be as bright and cheery as our leaders tell us.
However, lately, i have lost all confidence, just can't stop feeling that man made mistakes may just do us the dreadful misfortune.

Anonymous said...

Singapore government is very smart liao. It learnt from its mistakes of oversupply of HDB flats, like what happened 10 years ago.

Now, it uses BTO. If there aren't ready buyers, it won't build. If you unhappy you have to wait 3 years after you BTO your flat, it's your own problem.

It's the same for the COE price. Prices are shooting up because government is now restricting supply of COEs.

The government don't care about citizens lah, as long as its bottomline is in the black, and that it retains it 95% majority in Parliament in the coming election.

PAP is very certain it will retain its majority because PAP is aware that most Singaporeans HUM-JI (no balls) to vote against PAP.

Anonymous said...

PAP getting smart liao. Everything it will restrict supply, so as to up demand and prices. That way, prices will always be high, and its profits be big!

Your pay will of course cut lah! Import in more ah-tiong, pinoy and ah-neh to undercut you. Government does not begrudge paying themselves huge bonuses and million dollar salaries, but it will begrude paying you an extra $500 a month that you deserve.

And the funny part is, this attitude is contagious at all levels, even at normal jobs.

I have seen bosses who begrudge paying their employees $1300 a month despite good attitude and willingness to do OT, but the same boss very willing to splurge $8000 on useless training workshops and renovations that does not lead to improvement in business or productivity.

PAP's attiude is entrenched in most Singaporeans lah. We are screwed!

Anonymous said...

"Singapore government is very smart liao. It learnt from its mistakes of oversupply of HDB flats, like what happened 10 years ago.

Now, it uses BTO. If there aren't ready buyers, it won't build. If you unhappy you have to wait 3 years after you BTO your flat, it's your own problem."

This is so true. I'm feeling the pinch of waiting out for my flat. We are married but we each go home to our individual parent's house as HDB told us to wait 4 years before our BTO house is built. How are we going to start a family? My wife is delaying birth because of this. I can't stand it. Why must I wait 4 years? Or even 3 years for my keys? Living with parents is very stressful. But we can't afford the resale flats high COV. This BTO is a punishing policy and a bad system. We want to rent a flat to get out from out parents' apartment but rents are too high. This is madness. What kind of policy is this Mah Bow Tan have created? Why must we suffer like this?

http://vonhayek.blogspot.com/ said...

The root cause of evil in this world is financial capitalism, which is represented by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan in USA.

In Singapore, all our problem can be easily explained we if understand that LKY is part of banking cabal as his wife Kwa Geok Choo is from family of prominent bankers which is even further related to our banking families through marriage.

First, financial capitalist wants foremost to create structural unemployment. Milton Friedman the old asshole written about this topic which many western politician espouse.

Full employment is very bad for the rich people under the fiat currency system. Reason being when everyone is meaningfully employed, it will create wage price spiral which results to inflation. The result is financial capital will be eroded at a higher pace.

To suppress inflation, around 5-15% of the western population must be put out of job. PAP has her equivalent policy in Singapore. By means FT policies, around 5% or more Singaporean are made structurally unemployed and a great deal underemployed, plus accompanied with steep wage depression for workers.

The FT policy also result in asset inflation. With that, the banksters and landlord saw their wealth exploded all on the woes of peasants.

The next policy PAP did is to transfer money from poor to subsidize the rich.

On one hand, the people of Singapore are called daft and lazy. On the other hand, Singaporean are slapped the highest effective middle class tax in the world, by means of GST, COE, property inflation, Ponzi CPF which is steadily eroded by inflation. I estimate the middle class tax of Singaporean about a whopping 60% for many Singaporean.

The other prong of policy involves transferring wealth to the rich. First, by means of low corporate and low income taxation, ZERO wealth and estate tax.

Next in creating property bubble. PAP create such low interest rate and high asset inflation that punishes savers drives everyone to become property speculator.

When property bubble burst in 1997, PAP stage an effective state bailout of banks by order GLC bank POSB bank and Keppel Bank to bailout the rich.

Singaporean, one of the most hardworking and intelligent people are practically reduced to slavery, but our all out propaganda made us believed we are "employee and citizen".

We would be better off if we have guts like French in 1789, showing our leaders the guillotine.

http://vonhayek.blogspot.com/ said...

The root cause of evil in this world is financial capitalism, which is represented by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan in USA.

In Singapore, all our problem can be easily explained we if understand that LKY is part of banking cabal as his wife Kwa Geok Choo is from family of prominent bankers which is even further related to our banking families through marriage.

First, financial capitalist wants foremost to create structural unemployment. Milton Friedman the old asshole written about this topic which many western politician espouse.

Full employment is very bad for the rich people under the fiat currency system. Reason being when everyone is meaningfully employed, it will create wage price spiral which results to inflation. The result is financial capital will be eroded at a higher pace.

To suppress inflation, around 5-15% of the western population must be put out of job. PAP has her equivalent policy in Singapore. By means FT policies, around 5% or more Singaporean are made structurally unemployed and a great deal underemployed, plus accompanied with steep wage depression for workers.

The FT policy also result in asset inflation. With that, the banksters and landlord saw their wealth exploded all on the woes of peasants.

The next policy PAP did is to transfer money from poor to subsidize the rich.

On one hand, the people of Singapore are called daft and lazy. On the other hand, Singaporean are slapped the highest effective middle class tax in the world, by means of GST, COE, property inflation, Ponzi CPF which is steadily eroded by inflation. I estimate the middle class tax of Singaporean about a whopping 60% for many Singaporean.

The other prong of policy involves transferring wealth to the rich. First, by means of low corporate and low income taxation, ZERO wealth and estate tax.

Next in creating property bubble. PAP create such low interest rate and high asset inflation that punishes savers drives everyone to become property speculator.

When property bubble burst in 1997, PAP stage an effective state bailout of banks by order GLC bank POSB bank and Keppel Bank to bailout the rich.

Singaporean, one of the most hardworking and intelligent people are practically reduced to slavery, but our all out propaganda made us believed we are "employee and citizen".

We would be better off if we have guts like French in 1789, showing our leaders the guillotine.

http://vonhayek.blogspot.com/ said...

The root cause of evil in this world is financial capitalism, which is represented by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan in USA.

In Singapore, all our problem can be easily explained we if understand that LKY is part of banking cabal as his wife Kwa Geok Choo is from family of prominent bankers which is even further related to our banking families through marriage.

First, financial capitalist wants foremost to create structural unemployment. Milton Friedman the old asshole written about this topic which many western politician espouse.

Full employment is very bad for the rich people under the fiat currency system. Reason being when everyone is meaningfully employed, it will create wage price spiral which results to inflation. The result is financial capital will be eroded at a higher pace.

To suppress inflation, around 5-15% of the western population must be put out of job. PAP has her equivalent policy in Singapore. By means FT policies, around 5% or more Singaporean are made structurally unemployed and a great deal underemployed, plus accompanied with steep wage depression for workers.

The FT policy also result in asset inflation. With that, the banksters and landlord saw their wealth exploded all on the woes of peasants.

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans hardworking; quite true.
Singaporeans intelligent and smart?
Then how did they get themselves enslaved?
Singaporeans are said to be kiasu, kiasi, kiabo and 'po lan pah', this one, very true.

Brave Singaporean said...

In 2011, PAP will continue with its policies as yet again, there is a walkover before election day. It has already garnered 36 seats unchallenged before the election day begins. Now, are you telling me that in 2011, all of a sudden, PAP is not gonna garner at least 30 seats before election day? Of course they will. The opposition are not serious with big-time elections. They only play small, so why would the situation change radically? Of course it won't. Be clear-minded here. Be very clear! Given this trend for the last 20 years, do you think it is reasonable to conclude that the PAP government will continue to win unchallenged in the next 25 years? Until the PAP is deprived of a walkover victory i.e. until and only until the numbers of seats garnered BEFORE election day changes, with PAP no longer getting 36 seats unchallenged, it is reasoanable to assume that nothing will change in Singapore and the damned policies will continue. Now, do you seriously think that the opposition will challenge the 36 walkover seats on nomination day? Let me help you, dafties here. The answer is nope. Do you think in 2016 election, the opposition will challenge all the seats or a majority of them before nomination day? You should know better. It is one thing to hope for a change and it is quite another to hope DAFTLY. Is it reasonable to assume than perhaps, in 20 years time, then the opposition will get their act together and begin to either reinforce one another or even to start contesting ALL seats on nomination day so that PAP won't win by default through walkovers time and time again? The answer is yes...quite likely so. But any significant change would take place effectively on the 21st to the 25th year from 2010. Therefore, why are you idiots wasting your time in this country for an unlived life that has yet to come to blossom, when what you should really do, as an intelligent thinking person is to look for a better environment for yourself and your family? Why are you NOT putting effort in the right place, that is to get yourself to another place where this reality has already been achieved or at the very least better than the shit we're having here? Why are you slogging for half your life when you could improve it immediately now by spending time wisely and planning an exit plan to a better life elsewhere?

Spend your time wisely. Don't wait for 2011 election to change Singapore. Singapore is too politically entrenched that only a downfall can shook into a brand new Singapore where all you speak of can materialise? But don't waste time for that to happen. Make it happen now. Make the difference today. Start moving out. That's the soundest long term plan to take. It is tough but it is worthwhile. You will tend learn what a complain free life actually feels like and you won't regret you made the move. Plenty of intelligent and risk-taking Singaporeans have done so. And so can so.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a mass unrest is the only way to register a point with this govt which is behaving more like a commercial/business operation than a govt of a country with responsibilities and care for its citizen?

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Anonymous said...

I am only 41 and it has been so hard to even get a phone call from the employers. Have tried everything and even networking, job placmement agency. Even CDC also no use!

It has been frustrating when I see the FT have good jobs and having a good time making money in Singapore. And myself still have to serve NS to protect this nation.

Where is the fairness in life when the Govt only cares abt the FT and neglects the citizens?

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