I refer to the article “Why is a local PMET IT job posted in JobStreet’s Indonesia webportal?” (theonlinecitizen, May 16).
Editor’s note – Just last year, Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said in a meeting with Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms Retno Marsudi, “We believe Indonesian universities and technical institutes will produce many graduates with digital skills and we are thinking of launching a scheme, in which Singapore companies – which are looking for talent – will be able to recruit talent here, deploy them here, and provide services for the rest of the world,”
He also said in his statement that Singapore government intends to launch a scheme to help the Singapore companies to employ Indonesians.
Some had hypothesised that Indonesians will be recruited to Singapore to work, while some have defended the foreign minister by stating that the workers would not be employed by the companies to work in Singapore but “here” in Indonesia where Dr Vivian was making the statement at.
With this job advertisement of a job opening in Indonesia’s job portal, one would have to consider whether the proposed scheme in 2016 is going to “steal our lunches” instead of helping Singaporeans to steal “others lunch”.
After talking to Terry Xu, Chief Editor of theonlinecitizen, which has done numerous stories on foreigners competing with Singaporeans for jobs, having made enquiries in Singapore, Asean and Asian countries – there is apparently some “funny things” going on in HR recruitment – leading to discrimination against Singaporeans.
There may now be an urgent need to ban any new foreigners from being hired as new HR professionals in companies’ HR and recruitment agencies.
This issue seems to be borne out in the foreign workforce statistics as employment passes grew from 187,900 in December 2015 to 192,300 in December 2016, and S-Passes from 178,600 to 179,700.
How is it possible that in a period of worsening economic downturn and rising citizens’ unemployment rate – foreign PMETs have continued their relentless increase in the workforce, despite a National Jobs Bank that is supposed to be “Singaporeans first” in PMET jobs?
Editor’s note – While some may take Leong Sze Hian’s comment as xenophobic. But we should take a step back and look at what our country practice.
If Singapore’s seemingly discriminatory stance on Malays has been that Malay Singaporeans would side on the enemy’s side in times of conflict, and yet argued as not being racist as it is for the sake of national security and the sheer possibility of it happening. Then why is it logical to assume that foreigners (with no obligations to Singapore as citizens) helming the HR departments when faced with the choice of hiring a local and a foreign workers in this slack labour market, will not be leaning towards hiring workers of their own nationality, family members or even collecting kickbacks for referrals?
Leong’s figures of employment passes defy logic as if Singapore companies were indeed to be hiring based on Singaporeans first, the figures ought to be dropping. But instead, EP numbers are still going up while unemployment rates for Singapore citizens and PRs are going up.
What is wrong with our country’s manpower situation? (Note that as Singapore does not have minimum wage which applies to both locals and foreigners, both locals and foreigners will always be locked in a constant wage war with one another, benefiting the employers.)