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Friday July 5th 2019

Singaporean driving taxi after unemployed for one year and shared a one bedroom with family

Dear Gilbert,

My name is Terence.

I am a 48-year-old Singaporean who is currently driving a taxi. I am a father of 2 very young children, age 5 and 7.

I was formerly a training manager for XXX.  I was dismissed for not meeting targets.

However,  at this time,  no other manager was meeting targets as we were going through challenges brought about by the introduction of the DNC (Do Not Call) regulations in Singapore under the new PDPA (Personal Data Protection Act).

My dismissal was also coincidentally timed with a complain I made to my direct report about racist remarks made against me which I had overhead in a telephone recording between 2 managers who were reporting to me at one time.

To cut a long story short, I was unemployed for almost 1 year. Eventually,  I have to settle for a taxi driver position.

I do not have a flat of my own and my family of 4 are sharing one bedroom in a 3-room HDB flat.

I have applied for over a hundred jobs through various job portals including WDA and have been unsuccessful.  I was willing to take a pay cut of 30% of my last drawn salary but still I was unsuccessful.

Within 3 months of driving a taxi, I have been nominated for service excellence as a couple of satisfied passengers wrote in to SMRT commending me.

I need your advice oh what to do.  My highest education level is A levels and I made my way up the corporate ladder through much hard work

I was for 2 years the Regional Asst. Vice President for XXX. I have been in the call center industry for over 20 years and have trained over a thousand people from agents to team leaders to team managers and trainers in 6 regional countries including Singapore.

My wife who is an Indonesian PR got employment within 1 week of getting her PR status. WDA seems to be helping her more than me.

Awaiting your advice and recommendations.

Thank you and warm regards


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6 Responses to “Singaporean driving taxi after unemployed for one year and shared a one bedroom with family”

  1. xyz says:

    Better you flush your pink NRIC down the toilet and convert to Indonesian citizenship. Then WDA will also give you a good job within 1 week.

    I used to work in civil service including MOM, WDA, MOH and the courts. In terms of training grants, bursaries, scholarships, living allowances, job placements etc, I can say that PAPies give foreigners at least 5X more than Sinkies.

  2. Ree says:

    When you are willing to work as Customer Service office at any local Bank call centre, job is available.

  3. Thistoo Shallpass says:

    Two reasons why employers like to hire foreigners are 1) they will work for lower salary; 2) they can be mistreated because they won’t quit easily because if they do they lose their employment passes.

    So now you are advising Singaporeans to give up their citizenship so that they can get less pay for jobs where will be stuck. Very sound advice.

  4. Val says:

    Hi all i was unemployed for 2 years before I decided to take the great leap doing sales in organic plant foods. It wasnt easy as I had to compete with established brands but I grit my teeth and was tenacious.

    Today I, making a comfortable income. I feel that sales doesn’t discriminate on age or ethnicity. Its equal opportunity for all if you work hard, if poster likes, he may contact me.

  5. caramel says:

    I myself was unemployed for 2 years and just recently found a job. All I can say is this, low paying job is better than having no job at all.

    I’m now currently working for a Jap MNC and my co-workers are all foreigners. 1 Malaysian PR, and 3 Japanese expatriate. Their salary is much higher than me many fold although 1 of the foreigner only hold a private diploma, her pay is so much higher than me due to experience.

    I was the lowest paid employee there and everybody in the office knows that, but what can I do, I cant find a better paying job out there since I do not have the bargaining power as I previously was unemployed. You will never believe how much I’m currently drawing.

    Yes, it’s true Singaporean government are paying expatriates more but when it comes to hiring process, then that will depend on the hiring manager to decide how much they would want to pay you. However, it’s tough to find a job out there since it’s so competitive nowadays. That’s why I’m still holding on to my current job although it’s way lesser than 3k a month.

    Sad to say but the current employment situation out there is such that having a low paying job is better than nothing at all.

  6. Texas says:

    The evil regime … is now Nazi-style who worship the late Hitler as demi-god …

    They adopted the “Final Solution” for the total demise of the local populations !!!

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