Commenting on Channel NewsAsia’s report on how some Members of Parliaments in Singapore cope with their two “full-time jobs”, a member of the public, Singh Prem wrote:
I am shocked that this is even news-worthy! There are citizens out there with relatively low income at their dysfunctional jobs, despite the fact that they are graduates, and they are barely surviving.
There are young graduates, trying to make a basic monthly income of $4000/-, with 2-3 part-time jobs, like so-called “Financial Consultant”, “Insurance Executive”, “Property Associate”, or even Grab Driver, and it’s driving them to serious depression. Then we have those who just cannot get jobs, with career paths.
Today, for the majority of the young, it is about trying to get ANY job, for, in truth, as the saying goes, “Beggars cannot be choosers”. Yes, that’s the tragic fact of the massive employment difficulties the young are facing. The hard truth is they are actually poor, when weighted against what they need to expend in life. We must not even forget there are many who are unable to secure any meaningful job, as too many jobs are taken up by foreigners.
For years now, the education system/curriculum is archaic, not in tune with modern jobs/economic requirements. The starting pay for graduates, on the average, is miserably low, considering the high cost of living, like on housing, food, university education, raising a family, care for the elderly relatives, etc.
It is hurting that up to now there’s no Minimum Wage for entry to different types/levels of jobs, based on qualifications/skills. The way I see it, all University graduates ought to be given a minimum monthly starting wage of $5k, with good career paths.
Let’s be sensitive to the employment/income/career development problems of our young graduates. Let’s be sensitive to the plight of the middle incomers, and below, and of their daily struggles to keep their heads above water; and let’s be sensitive to the feelings of the elderly who still have to work to survive, when actually they could simply, but not permitted, withdraw in one lump sum all the balance in their CPF retirement account. Lump-sum withdrawal should be allowed from age 72, if not earlier.
So, let’s not have this whining report of MPs trying to “cope” with two-fulltime jobs.
In response to Prem’s comment, Firdhauz Ramlee wrote, “I think it’s great they’re reporting this. Some of us might be reading this article late in the day on our phones while on the way home in a packed bus or MRT, wondering what world these people live in.