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foreigners remain open

To remain successful and to stay competitive as an economic hub, Singapore needs to remain open to the flows of people besides being open to trade and investments.

Staying open to the flows of people, however, does not mean staying 'blindly open' to foreigners.

To remain successful and to stay competitive as an economic hub, Singapore needs to remain open to the flows of people besides being open to trade and investments. Staying open to the flows of people, however, does not mean staying 'blindly open' to foreigners.



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Singaporean hiring

I had many SG job seekers calling me. All said the same thing on the telephone - "before I come for an interview, how much do you pay? How many days do I work a week? Can I only do morning shift and have permanent Sunday off? Must I work on weekends?"

So we fixed interview appointments. I waited and waited and each call made to contact them was deliberately cut off by the SG candidates. They never turned up. I had to resolve to make immediate decisions of confirmation for those who came for interviews and expressed enthusiasm. Or I would never get them back for 2nd interviews.

I had the privilege to meet a WP leader in one of my outings. I shared with him my dilemma as a small business owner and told him not to fight so hard on a restrain on foreign workers. It becomes a burden to business owners, especially small ones like ours.

This WP leader's reply to me was very different from his own party's manifesto against foreign workers.



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foreign talent

"If we change that policy, we undercut our capability to grow and to expand," Mr Lee said.

"And if we depend only on Singapore talent, I say today Singapore cannot be sustained. Either you play in the big league or you're not a player."

"If we change that policy, we undercut our capability to grow and to expand," Mr Lee said.

"And if we depend only on Singapore talent, I say today Singapore cannot be sustained. Either you play in the big league or you're not a player."



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Singaporean - Jobs by meritocracy not birth right job competition

Benjamin Chan says it is important to have Singaporeans in top jobs, but only by his/her own merits rather than their birthrights.

To the millennial Singaporeans – don’t assume it is your birthrights to get a job in Singapore. Fight for it and polish up your CVs.

To the MPs – don’t take the easy route of socialism and protectionism just to win votes. Preserve what made us an economic miracle but enforce fairness in the workplace so that qualified Singaporeans don’t get sidelined.

To the “other Singaporeans” – don’t just complain why other foreigners are ahead of you. Venture out and get some overseas experiences as well. Life is not always fair, deal with it!

Benjamin Chan says it is important to have Singaporeans in top jobs, but only by his/her own merits rather than their birthrights.

To the millennial Singaporeans – don’t assume it is your birthrights to get a job in Singapore. Fight for it and polish up your CVs.

To the MPs – don’t take the easy route of socialism and protectionism just to win votes. Preserve what made us an economic miracle but enforce fairness in the workplace so that qualified Singaporeans don’t get sidelined.

To the “other Singaporeans” – don’t just complain why other foreigners are ahead of you. Venture out and get some overseas experiences as well. Life is not always fair, deal with it!



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Singaporean jobs

Politicians like to exploit the anti-foreigner sentiment to widen the 'Singaporeans vs PRs/FTs' divide.

This is irresponsible.

Globalized companies draw their talents from all over the world. Only by remaining open, and welcoming of the foreigner and providing businesses with the access to global expertise they need, can good jobs be anchored here for Singaporeans.

Politicians like to exploit the anti-foreigner sentiment to widen the 'Singaporeans vs PRs/FTs' divide. This is irresponsible. Globalized companies draw their talents from all over the world. Only by remaining open, and welcoming of foreigners. and providing businesses with the access to global expertise they need, can good jobs be anchored here for Singaporeans.



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global competition Singaporean Core

To strengthen the Singaporean core and reduce reliance on foreign workers, we need to increase our work productivity.

To stay competitive with an ageing workforce against a younger global talent pool, we need to keep upgrading ourselves or risk being squeezed out of the global competition for good jobs.

To strengthen the Singaporean core and reduce reliance on foreign workers, we need to increase our work productivity.

To stay competitive with an ageing workforce against a younger global talent pool, we need to keep upgrading ourselves or risk being squeezed out of the global competition for good jobs.



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