Number of companies blacklisted for not hiring SGs jumps 100% – they say SGs “unable or unwilling” to work

In Parliament today (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say revealed that some 500 companies have been placed on a government watch list for not doing enough to hire Singaporeans. This number has increased by 100% from the 250 companies placed on the list last year. Minister Lim said that these companies have the “pre-conceived ideas” that local professionals, managers …

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Academic wants govt to increase defence spending even more

Writing for ST yesterday (‘Defence spending: A case of too much or not enough?’, 3 Mar 2018), Dr Graham Ong-Webb from the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies attempts to defend the PAP government’s position of increasing defence spending in Singapore. In fact, he asked, “Are we spending enough?” He said, “In some quarters, there is a nascent perception that …

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