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Tuesday January 23rd 2018

Permanent resident to local Singaporean: “Don’t blame the government for everything!”


I am not a Singaporean but an SPR…I hope your husband lands a job very soon and your household is relieved of related worries.

I would like to just comment on one sentence of yours- which is.. “I don’t understand how our government can employ these people with degrees that have no credibility.”

I believe your notion is incorrect.

It is not the government which employs people -  it is the company which determines the suitability of the candidate as they are the one who have to give the salary after all.

Now, do you think that a company will really hire someone with no credentials or fake degree or no capability to do the job? And pay him/her salary for nothing? Just keep yourself in the shoe of the owner or manager of the company.

Would just say that it is not appropriate to blame the government for all this.

The government has tried really hard to bring in foreign companies here in Singapore. In fact, most underdeveloped countries struggle to bring in foreign companies.

I visit this website on almost weekly basis and get to learn a lot from here.

Very often I read people say, “kick all FTs out” etc. Now imagine if you are owner of big MNC and you set up a branch in Singapore.

But you are told that you will have to kick all FTs out and that you cannot hire more FT but only local people…but if you do not feel that local people have the necessary skills, training or experience or in worst case the willingness or capability to do the job…what will you do?

Probably, shift your branch to another country which allows you to hire that FT right?

It is true that in many cases companies also hire cheaper FT or they hire FT because they are more “compromising”…but it is not always the case most of the time.

Just a Guy

Editor’s note: this note was extracted from a comment posted here.

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6 Responses to “Permanent resident to local Singaporean: “Don’t blame the government for everything!””

  1. pr/ft men says:

    it’s always about $$$ to all the “ft”/pr men in SG.

  2. sal says:

    @Just guy, why dont you become a Singapore citizen n give up your old passport. Then you can see better picture for you and your future generations.

  3. jes says:

    I am a Singaporean degree holder who has graduated with first class honours from an established university. I even got a first position in my whole entire class for my thesis.

    My cv is pretty ‘attractive’, according to the interviewers at the interviews I’ve attended, coupled with the 3 years of working experiences I have in the same industry.

    However, till now, I am jobless despite applying to everything, even to jobs outside of my industry. You know why? The reason is simple – FTs are spoiling the market.

    I was feeling really depressed when I couldn’t get anything.

    So I went to Jobstreet and applied for the jobs there. Good thing about the site is you can actually see who else applied to the same job as you and what industry they come from, as well as the pay they are asking for.

    To my dismay, I see 13 foreigners who have higher qualifications applying for the same job – a job that is willing to pay SGD $2,500 to 4,000.

    Out of curiosity, I went to check it out. Guess what? All 13 of them are Masters holder and they are asking for WAY LOWER pay than me. I don’t mean $200-300 lower or anything like it.

    One of them is a fresh grad with Masters and he/she is asking for RMB 3,500. That is only SGD $1,200+, mind you! Absurd right? That’s even lower than an ITE graduate’s pay.

    Another one of them who has a Masters and 10 years of experience is only asking for SGD 2,500, which is the minimum that the job is paying for.

    If these people are not spoiling the market, then I don’t know what else they are doing.

    And it’s times like this that you start to doubt the credibility of their academic papers.

    Because if they are indeed holding onto degree certs from credible institutions – ones whose school fees are expensive – they wouldn’t even be asking for these amount of pay. You don’t need to be genius to figure this out; it’s just common sense.

    So @Just A Guy, perhaps you don’t feel it because you are not born here.

    But let me tell you, for Singapore citizens who were born and lived here their whole entire lives, listening to their parents and teachers who tell them that if they study hard and get good results, they would get a good job and earn a lot of money, they would feel incredibly disappointed and letdown by Singapore’s current system. And most importantly, they would actually be dismayed by the government’s lack of interest in protecting the citizens over the foreigners.

    As a PRC, I’m sure you are currently enjoying life with a well-paying job – one that pays way better than what your home country has to offer. Put yourself in our shoes before you post such a lengthy post because you do not understand our situation here.

  4. Grace says:

    I’m also equally appalled at the LOW LOW salaries foreigners are accepting for jobs that are meant for graduates!!! It’s totally INSANE!! Singapore really needs two things:

    1. a MINIMUM WAGE to protect Singaporeans.

    2. HIGHER PAY overall! It’s insane that we earn LESS than other developed countries, but pay many times MORE for housing and cars! We are the MOST EXPENSIVE city in the world and our salaries do NOT reflect that – shameful and sad!!

  5. Atom Thomas says:


    Remember to tell all your friends and family to vote out the miw for such destructive [CECA coming too] policies.

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