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Thursday April 24th 2014

Foreign talents enter here by bogus means

Hi Gilbert,

I am in the manpower industry sector and familiar with  some of the bogus means by which a large number of Indians from India have utilised  in the past and continue to do  so now to acquire  their EP, PR and Citizenship and the newly created S Passes.  Unqualified and under-qualified individuals pay amounts in Rupees equivalent to as much as $10,000 to manpower agencies and their middlemen in India, who in turn, prepare the false certificate from a university – the individual had not attended or know about and a trade attachment certificate that is patently fictitious.

I am sure there are thousands of others from PRC and elsewhere who  are doing likewise.

It is shocking indeed that the Government can allow itself to be so  bamboozled. These individuals and their agents will be laughing to themselves  how stupid our Government is.

How to ferret out these people and prevent such things from occurring here?

Singapore has a free trade agreement or something similar to this  with India. Take it up with the Indian authorities to establish a  framework to facilitate the checking of the authenticity of  University degrees issued by both countries, when one party requests  for this from the other. The same arrangement should be made with  other countries from where we recruit professional and skill workers,

Hopefully once the above arrangement is being worked, consider  giving amnesty to those who have acquired PR and citizenship by  false means, to own up and be repatriated failing which they should  be severely dealt with.

A contact of mine  told me teasingly that if he were to cast a fishing net over the Indian workers in Little India on Sundays, where they gather in hundreds, half of them would be illegal workers or over-stayers.  And I don’t think he is wrong at all.

 A concerned Singaporean

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3 Responses to “Foreign talents enter here by bogus means”

  1. Marvin Fok says:

    @A concerned Singaporean,

    ‘Singapore has a free trade agreement or something similar to this with India. Take it up with the Indian authorities to establish a framework to facilitate the checking of the authenticity of University degrees issued by both countries, when one party requests for this from the other. The same arrangement should be made with other countries from where we recruit professional and skill workers’.

    You are dead right about the FTA but dead wrong about how it works.

    First, why such an FTA? India is a country with very strong trade protectism laws. The financial sector in India is very lucratic because average loan interest can reach as high as 9%. The telecommunication industry is also another pot of gold if you know how to play with it.

    Now, the Singapore’s state funds(name Temasek Holdings & GIC) had been eyeing on this fat sheep of India for a very long time. In order for our state funds to invest in these very lucratic businesses, they had to sign an FTA with India.

    However, in an FTA, you win some and you lose some. As there is nothing that Singapore can offer to India to conclude the FTA, we can only offer to open up our labour market to India’s citizens. India was happy to conclude the deal as India is having a big headache on unemployment. PAP’s decision of opening up the market will benefit themselves in many areas. Allow the state funds to make more money(unless Ho Ching makes another honest mistake again), bring in lots of cheap foreign labour to please the local businesses and MNCs. Cheap labour is also allowing the GIC to save billions on this. Higher input of cheap labour will increase the GDP which brings up minister’s pay.

    On one note, it seems to be a happy picture for the government, the local businesses, the MNCs and the GLCs. But this is at the expense of the local workforce!

    So, do you think that India will really comply to your suggestion of authenticating the FT’s certificates? Even if they do comply, don’t forget that India had one of the worst civil servants in the world. They either sit on it or simply do a half past six job and inform you that all certificates are genuine without checking!

    On Singapore’s side, PAP is well aware of the many loop holes. But do you think they are concerned? Do, you think that our ministery of manpower had the ability to authenticate 200,000 foreigners’ education background per year? If big bosses wants to bring in another 200,000 foreigns this year, MOM will simply approve most of the applications!

    If you ask me if there is a solution to this?

    The answer is yes, but we had missed the boat. Why? Because we did not vote this self-serving government who had intentional created hardship for the average citizens out in GE2011!

    • A Concerned Singaporean says:

      It looks like a seemingly gargatuan task to ask the home countries to authenticate degrees purported to be issued by hundreds, if not thousands of universities from these countries.

      Unless we try taking this up, we will not know what the outcome will be. Also we are not restricting their nationals of competence to come and work here. Our objective should be to drive out the bogus and replace them with the authentic – a sensible and reasonable request the concerned governments cannot find fault with.

  2. sal says:

    First of all, the Recruiting Mgr is a FTs ….the chances of bringing its own nationality either with genuine or bogus certificate is norm.These FTs are survivor, they know the loopholes and with company only thinking of cheap labour to reduce cost, this is the best solution. If only there’s a policy to hire Sporeans first will make a better life for the citizens.

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