Manpower Minister Dr Tan See Leng was responding to a social media post (23 Sep) by WP MP Jamus Lim sharing his residents’ views on the Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass and our foreign workforce policies.
In his social media post, Jamus did not explain to his resident that there is help available in their job search. Neither did he explain to his resident the reason and rationale for ONE Pass even though the Workers’ Party had agreed in Parliament on the need for complementary foreign talent.
One resident who had just returned after a long stint in China told Jamus he had a difficult time securing a job here. He also expressed concern that ONE Pass would ‘ultimately end up exacerbating the difficulties locals faced in advancing to the upper tiers of the corporate hierarchy, thereby relegating them to being trapped in middle management’.
On discrimination against locals
MPs must assure residents help is available
Actually the resident had already found a job!
On the first resident who had difficulty looking for a job, Dr Tan said he had asked colleagues in Workforce SG to offer job matching support. But it turns out that actually, the resident had already found a job.
On ONE Pass and its effect on local talent
Dr Tan said,
“To be clear, the objective of ONE Pass is to bring in global talent who can create more opportunities for Singaporeans. More Singaporeans will have opportunities to work in leading firms, alongside experts from around the world, and progress in their careers.”
“Local leadership development schemes like International Posting Programme (iPOST) and SkillsFuture Leadership Development Initiative also help local talent gain regional and global experiences, to prepare them for senior positions,” he added.
It is unfortunate that while inside of Parliament, the WP supported the need for complementary foreign talent, yet outside of Parliament, Jamus did not make any attempt to explain to his resident the reason and rationale for ONE Pass.
In conclusion, Dr Tan said:
I sincerely hope and believe colleagues on both sides of the House will agree that creating good jobs is not a zero-sum game. Even as we highlight the concerns of our residents, we can explain to them why it is essential that we stay open. Companies invest in Singapore and create good jobs here because we have built up a strong talent pool. Having the right complementary talent here will add to the number of opportunities available to us, and to future generations. This is what our foreign manpower policy and schemes like ONE Pass aim to achieve.