My mind was seriously disturbed by the many stories on your blog affecting the local Singaporeans, especially those who have been unemployed for two years but still chose to stay on and try.
I read before that the Singaporean government is supposedly ‘offloading less capable Singaporeans into JB’.
We should stop ourselves (our prejudices, face) from falling for this propaganda. Why don’t some of these readers search for employment in surrounding South east Asian countries – Malaysia and Indonesia?
Your graduates and citizens are competent, and have been pushed out due to lower labour costs.
So pack up and get a more balanced life, in the same industry as the one you left in Singapore.
No doubt it pays less due to the currency exchange, but the cost of living is less and the mental stress is not common. I think living a life with such high levels of depression in society is not a life you want.
It’s not a competition to be the best against foreigners, an idea that is flawed in itself because you know they are xxxxx, and they are cheap. Such employment practices are going to cause the eventual downfall of all these corporations.
Opportunities are abundant in Malaysia. For example, companies in the semiconductor industry do real development work, on IC design, layout, physical design, STA, software development, firmware and BIOS development, etc.
Due to the lack of such skillsets, companies hire the same set of employees (even when they change jobs, it’s going to be the same pool of employees that they can hire). And they are all MNCs, not SMEs.
It’s much better for a Singaporean to come here and do this work than say, that case of a 51-year old contemplating to be a security guard.
I think the local managers here are very ready to hire foreigners, as I mentioned about the few international permanent staff that I’ve met.
Companies here are not all miscreant and laidback.
You can find meaningful and desirable work relevant to specialized PhDs and so on here.
We have not been in a foreign hiring frenzy as yet, because our salaries are still low (due to the currency exchange). We are not yet xenophobic, and face it, being on the other side of the fence is a refreshing change.
We have hired Singaporeans into MNCs here, even Taiwanese and Indians. They assimilate well.
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