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Monday January 14th 2019

Fourth-generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary job to his foreign subordinate

Dear Gilbert,

I am a fourth generation Millennial Singaporean. I am writing this article as a rant anonymously and this is the first time I am doing so to pen my thoughts down to vent my frustrations hoping I will feel better.

In this article I will call out certain regulations the Government have enacted to reduce foreigner inflow which doesn’t appear to be helpful but I will also add my thoughts on what can be done better to help unemployed PMETs like myself.

I recently lost my 5-digit-per-month salary  job as the listed company I was working for was losing money on a consolidated level. Though Asia is making money, we are subsidising loss-making operations in Europe. I had felt the cut coming as recent departures were not replaced, new businesses were not approved for additional headcount and I am always tasked to cut cost but alas the cost to be cut was me.

Prior to the cut I was already actively job searching but the cut came unexpectedly, though not a shock it affected me nonetheless.

What irked me more was that a foreigner took my place – a subordinate reporting to me drawing 40% less.

No doubt in the name of cost savings it was justifiable to release an expensive Singaporean. My ex boss was also a foreigner amongst the many foreigners in my work place.

The other hit was that I was also due for reservist in 2 weeks and had submitted my call-up letter to my finance so they are aware they are letting me go before my ICT. It was a double whammy for me since working for rank pay during reservist is painful.

It’s a cliche but it’s so true – NS for Singaporeans, jobs for foreigners. We are protecting the interests and assets of foreigners who have come to rob us of our rights.

The triple whammy is that income taxes this year is higher than the last year due to receiving the rebate for last year. Since I got a salary bump the year before my taxes this year was significantly higher.

Losing my job was brutal for me financially since I am paying for 2 properties and a car.

I also have a S$100K unsecured loan debt which I took on to pay the deposit for my second home. My wife isn’t working and I have school going children. The first thing I did was to adjust my salary expectations up to 50%. Within 1 week I have applied to almost 500 jobs but none of them successful or called for an interview.

The truth is even if I am willing to accept a lower pay, people will be dubious of my intentions or simply strike me off as overqualified and won’t stay long in the job. I don’t blame them since I was a hiring manager and have this bias myself.

What the Government could have done better is to ensure regulations are in place that when a Singaporean PMET can be easily replaced by a foreigner on a lower salary, this needs to be reported and a valid explanation given.

Understanding the need for financial viability for any company so this kind of “cost savings replacements” should eat into some form of a quota for the company failing which they have to stop such errand practices that affects locals.

The current guidelines in place which pays notice in lieu for terminations are not sufficient since a job search can take anywhere from 3-6 months or even longer. Perhaps a lump sum compensation payment of 1 month per year times number of years work in addition to the payment of the notice period should be considered.

This payment like those similar to redundancy payments should be made regulatory and not as guidelines only.

With regards to Government assistance schemes, people like me are totally left out as I am also not eligible under the Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) due to age and salary.

It appears that millennials are left to fend for themselves. The WCS is also applicable to unemployed PMEs aged 40 and above drawing a salary less than S$4,000 and the Government will co-fund your employer up to 40% of your salary.

I really love my country, I enjoy the peace, stability and prosperity but all this came at a high cost to us. Any Singaporean can regurgitate the issues on hand such as frequent MRT breakdowns, high cost of living, overcrowding etc… There is no solution in sight from the elected Government.

Singapore is one of the four Asian Tigers and comparing to South Korea – an equally developed economy I feel that quality of living is probably higher.

Looking at Taiwan where wages are slightly lower but costs of home ownership and cost of living is much lower also appeals to me.

Singapore spends a great deal of money on security, not that it is not a good idea but compared to Taiwan and South Korea who faces more imminent threats, our military spending appears to be high.

Taiwan has scrapped compulsory military service though South Korea still practices it.

Whenever we go for reservist of which I am almost completing my military obligations, the same scenarios plays over year by year. People are sleeping bunks morning to evening – could we have exercised more prudence here by organising tighter schedule rather than having just one lecture per day? This could translate into high cost savings from paying the civilian salaries.

There are many lapses in our first world Government as uncovered in the recent Auditor General’s report but I won’t discuss them here.

Our Government have been tightening foreigner inflows but is it enough? We are still headed for 6.9 million people and it is easy to surmise that the increase in the population from the current 5.4 million will be imported.

I fear for my children, what will this mean for them in the future for securing jobs or getting a home?

Due to the recent adjustments in property prices my current property is in negative equity. The previous housing minister had allowed prices to skyrocket and when adjustments were made the last few years, the market though didn’t crash had made many current home owners in my situation.

In the previous generations buying a property was a sure fire way to reap a handsome profit for retirement but now it’s not the case, you buy a leasehold property for 99 years and in your golden years you have to do a reverse mortgage just so you can survive. I am not sure I see logic in this.

It is apparent that foreigners are both the woes to our troubles but their presence results in a free market economy which is an engine for our economic growth.

This will be a simplistic comparison but had we not traded economic growth we will be in a situation like Taiwan – lower wages but a generally lower cost of living with a lesser stress lifestyle and I do like that!

The measures that the Government had put forward to curb foreigner inflows appear to be superficial only. Let’s look at the current Employment Pass scheme where qualified foreign talents are competing with Singaporeans for jobs.

The jobs bank as of July boasts more than 60,000 vacant jobs. The purpose of the jobs bank is to hire foreigners – why I say that?

To hire a foreigner paid under S$12,000 a month, you need to advertise for 14 calendar days. Many companies already have candidates in mind when they do the job postings so they just wait out the period. They have absolutely no intention of hiring Singaporeans.

To prove my point even further, there is a scheme called Intra Company Transfer where a foreigner who have been working in the home location for the company for at least 1 year will qualify for exemption under the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF). This means if they are already an existing employee, they can skip advertising which gives Singaporeans zero chance at even submitting our CV since no advertising is required. This is a big loophole in itself!

We should emulate what the Australia Government does by asking to see proper records of interviews and also having to advertise for at least 1 month.

The current measures are “wayang” in nature and does little to curb the inflows of foreigners on EP and these are the jobs that we want.

For candidates with a higher salary coupled with fixed accommodation allowances hitting $12K is easy and this circumvents the ruling of advertisement.

The Government should collect data from employers and verify number of Singaporeans getting employed via jobsbank to reassure us that this measure of theirs is working.

I personally have applied to over 100 jobs on jobsbank with not a single reply. Why? If an employer already have a foreigner candidate – why bother interviewing Singaporeans?

The new initiative under (TAFEP) Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices is meant to ensure companies have a strong Singaporean core but their recent move to raise the minimum EP salary to $3,600 starting 1 Jan 2017 won’t make a dent in hiring foreigners since this is a negligible difference.

S Passes are subjected to quota depending on industries from 15-20% but EPs are not.

Why are EPs earning minimum S$3,300 for  foreigners not regulated? These are the jobs we want! The jobs under S Passes starting at S$2,200 are quota dependent but not EP? I am scratching my head here – shouldn’t this be reversed? A quota for lower wage jobs under work permits and s passes but a ticket to hire freely without restriction for EPs. Where does this leave Singaporeans?

I can understand we want foreign talents but hiring a foreigner at $3,300? How talented can this individual be against a local?! Perhaps the qualifying criteria for EPs should be raised to at least S$5,000 to reflect their expertise and other fixed accommodation allowance or cost of living allowance should be removed from the qualifying criteria to prevent “inflating salaries” to meet criteria.

Some people are not aware that Malaysians are treated differently from other nationalities. Their qualifying salary to obtain EP is S$2,200 as opposed to S$3,300 for other nationalities. I don’t know why but maybe it is a political reason but fact is that Malaysian graduates are taking away our jobs as their culture and upbringing is very similar to ours and they pose a credible threat to us for jobs since there is not much difference in hiring a Singaporean or Malaysian except for the salary. A Malaysian fresh graduate will accept $2,200 and can speak multiple languages such as Cantonese to serve HK and Southern China market, Bahasa to serve Indonesia and Malaysia, Mandarin to serve China and of course English.

Given 2 fresh candidates based on cost, it will be a rather easy decision to hire the Malaysian. I am not insinuating Malaysians are better but they are willing to accept a lower salary due to home country advantage and covert SGD to 3 times more MYR. No matter what salary they accept in Singapore it will be worth 3 times more back home so to them the difference is huge and given the current situation in their country, we can only expect more of them coming. I feel that the Gov should level the playing field for them by ensuring they only get EPs at the S$3,300 level.

My intentions are not to protect Singaporeans or make life difficult for foreigners but as a local shouldn’t we be entitled to a home country advantage? Any Government in the world should and must put their citizens first because we put them in that place through our votes.

However what I can proudly say is whenever I had to make a decision to hire a foreigner over a local I always made sure to hire a local not because I am bias but because Surprise!!!! – locals ask for less money than foreigners in my industry! Hiring a local was a no brainer since hiring a foreigner costs more in terms of levies for S passes and for those on employment passes, foreigners were also entitled to CPF top ups. Many companies want to ensure equity so CPF contribution top ups are given to foreigners.

Now you know why foreigners are flushed with cash because even if a foreigner and local are on the same salary the foreigner is 37% cash richer than us! 20% from not having to contribute CPF and taking the 17% employer top up!

My thoughts on this is that though this is a personal matter between the employer and foreign employee but isn’t this too much? Not hiring a Singaporean is bad enough but now you offer a cash top up to the foreigner. Most respectable MNCs practice this for equity reasons but I see no point since this is a legislative measure and no company is required to do this.

I think the Gov should step in to regulate that if employers want to hire foreigners then they are not entitled to simulate payments similar to our cpf. This is actually working in great favor to the foreigner and there is no reason to hire a Singaporean then.

More must be done to halt the hiring of EPs such as a quota of sorts or a levy since there are many industries with a highly imbalanced number of EP holders in IT and management consulting where foreigners can take up between 70-90% of the workforce.

Employers will always argue hiring Singaporeans can be expensive in certain sectors but in IT and consultancy, these foreigners are commanding 5 digit salaries. These are jobs that Singaporeans want! Within the IT industry I am perplexed that nationals from South Asia are given salaries that triple or quadruple when they take up job offers in Singapore. South Asian economies are developing in nature but yet when their nationals come they are suddenly elevated to expat salaries that are way above what an average Singaporean will command.

I feel sad for us because we have talented people but the opportunity is not given to us because these jobs are not even advertised since they exceed the S$12K mark.

What is even more alarming is the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Singapore which allows for free labor movement for Indian nationals into Singapore… I won’t discuss this here but if you google it will explain why there are so many Indian nationals on this little red dot. I am not referring to the construction workers but those working in banks and IT services commanding high salaries.

The next highlight is the ASEAN Economic Community promoting freer flow of people and goods between the 10 Asean member nations.

In time to come I think by the next generation our children will be competing with people from other ASEAN nations for lower – mid wage jobs and still at the same time compete with westerners, India and China for higher wage jobs.

I fear that day will come too soon.

For now I will return to my job search, determined not to be defeated, not to wallow in misery. I may have to look towards greener  pastures overseas with hopes that those Governments will accept a local Singaporean like how our Government has graciously accepted their citizens.

I love my country and I enjoy staying here but I am not sure if my country loves me since so many hurdles have been placed against me leaving me at a distinct disadvantage.

The men in Singapore, facing discrimination in the workplace from foreigners. Facing discrimination in their love lives competing with wealthy foreigners – and we know why the birth rate is low?

Serving 2 years in the army is not enough and still having to go through another 10 years cycle of reservist.

Stagnant wages against rising cost of living and home ownership.

Paying for other taxes in addition to income tax such as GST, property tax and ERP etc.

Getting a local degree to then fathom why my degree is worth less than that from a degree mill of a 3rd world country.

Having to contend with overloaded and faulty trains.

I am loss for words myself as I think through how I could tolerate the intolerable injustice met out against me. Perhaps this is a good training ground for me and now I am ready to face the outside world which maybe a more brutal place but my hand has been forced since there is no place for me here anymore.

Happy 51st birthday Singapore. May this be the last that I celebrate with you as I look for my new life elsewhere. 

I truly and sincerely wish you all the best. I know running a country is difficult but I only wished that you hadvelooked out more for me, I really want to be a patriot but instead I have become the enemy.


Jobless Millenial

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28 Responses to “Fourth-generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary job to his foreign subordinate”

  1. darajman says:

    Welcome to meritocracy, also known as the free market of labour – something that narcissistic, self-absorbed, over-entitled millenials like you wouldn’t understand let alone appreciate. Yes, it’s snowflakes like you who give the rest of us millenials a bad name.

    Is your employer obliged to continue paying you 40% more for not giving them 40% better work? You may claim that the quality of your work was worth keeping you, but obviously your ex-employer wasn’t convinced of that. The world as a whole is a free market. The need for (demand) and availability of your set of talents and skills (supply) determines what your work, time and commitment is worth.

    For everything you spend your money on, aren’t you selective to try and get the best value? (However it is you may gauge that value) But somehow businesses and companies are not allowed to do the same.

    • Knn says:

      You only got kicked out in 2016. I was kicked out in 1999 with a pay of 25,000 per month and remained unemployed since. The inky diff is I own inky a property I live in and after being kicked out I invested in a condo for rental and cash out with a million dollar profit. So I was a key to live within my means since day 1 Abd have enough financial resources to retire and provide for all my kids through university.

      You have been greedy and over extended yourself. Though I agree with your points in government policy as my kids in the workforce are working as a minority in the workforce. I am not sympathetic to your situation.

      I have plan to enlarge my house to accommodate my kids and future family so they don’t have to spend that kind of stupid money on housing. They can share the two cars we have and once you don’t have to spend on housing and cars and eating at home, 90% of your salary can be saved for the raining days that Yiu are facing now. I have always told the kids to be financial prudent so they never bought any branded stuff and live on reasonable living standard. I started with nothing when I started work in Singapore but I m ok despite what happen tome in the job front.

      • icecold says:

        KNN, yah I agree with you. I also live frugally and save as much for such rainy days. I am still living in a HDB flat despite I can afford to buy a condo. I shop at Giants instead of Gucci, eat at hawker center instead of Hyatt hotel. I travel once a year overseas for holiday, but I have already budgeted for it and save for it. So now, even if I am kicked out (highly possible since my company now is undergoing a merger), I think I am still okay, although will probably need to make some adjustment, but not much.

        I was kick out once in 2008 when my boss hire an Indian national to replace me, that guy told me he got his PR after coming to Singapore for “just a few months”. I am very bitter about the whole thing then. At that time, my finance is not as strong, so it is stressful for me. But by God’s grace, I manage to get a job after 3 months although with a lower pay. After that episode, I save like crazy and vow to invest for income so that the passion income from dividend and interest will be able to pay my bills. I am still falling short now, but I am getting close.

        So I am very happy to see PAP get a wake up call in 2011, and I protested the white paper of having 6.9 million population. But somehow, in 2015 70% of people agree with the PAP…. daft Singaporean.

  2. xyz says:

    Question is who did you support/ vote for when you were enjoying the high life?? You sound like your were from the financial sector — that means 99% chance you were pro-PAP before kena fired.

    Moreover hard to feel sorry for this guy, as he basically over extended his family’s finances just to buy a 2nd condo. Using unsecured personal loan of $100K to pay home deposit?!?! If I were the bank loans manager, I would reject your case immediately. But since this is pro-biz pro-profit pro-PAP Singapore of course the bank rolled out the red carpet to extend you the $1M mortgage for you to “own” the 2nd property, WHILE you still paying for your 1st property.

    I bet when you bought the 2nd condo, you were hoping like hell that PAP further open the floodgates to even more foreigners as this will allow you to rent out easier and for higher rental, and also if want to sell next time, bigger population will mean higher property prices. Don’t think I’m insulting you. I also have investment condo, and I’m wishing PAP will open floodgates bigger to foreigners with minimum income of $15K per month.

    BTW for those thinking of getting 2nd or 3rd investment properties … make sure you have the cash / CPF to put down AT LEAST 40% deposit. I.E. you only need to borrow 60% or less from banks. This is the principle I live by & it has served me well ever since Asian Financial Crisis years in 1997/1998.

    • CPF+Tax says:

      Precisely because there are many property-rich Sinkies who wish for appreciation of their property and higher profits reaped from increasing rentals, that they had voted for the PAP in the last election, in the hope that our doors would continue to open wide for more foreigners to rent their apartments.
      Have they ever spared a thought for the rest of the Singaporeans when they cast their votes? Have they thought of the unfair employment practices in the market against our locals?
      At the end of the day, you only have yourself to blame if you belong to the 70% majority.

  3. Low Henry says:

    What he said is true and very sad! Even sell high but need to pay back levy and then buy high and in the end come to square 1 without profit but downgraded, so for what?!

  4. Aru Akise says:

    “It appears that millennials are left to fend for themselves. The WCS is also applicable to unemployed PMEs aged 40 and above drawing a salary less than S$4,000 and the Government will co-fund your employer up to 40% of your salary.”

    I was not aware that my previous company took advantage of WCS to get co-funded when I worked as an lowly paid intern (i.e. lower than recommended salary $800). Normal monthly salary for intern is around $800 to $1200 per month as of 2016. I do not know whether $500 would be unfair for lowly paid intern.


    “I recently lost my 5-digit-per-month salary job as the listed company I was working for was losing money on a consolidated level.”

    You were lucky to draw 5 digit salary in the past. Since you are fourth generation (millennial), you still have long way to do in your life.

    If you saved a huge portion of your monthly 5 digit salary, you could use this for growing wealth and emergency fund. I believe you can change your expectations to survive the unemployment by changing lifestyles, saving and scrimping, maybe growing wealth.

    Thanks to PAP policies, many companies hire more foreigners for cheap labour. I am not very sure whether some companies are willing to hire more locals instead of foreigners this year. I am worried that PAP will open its arms to more foreigners thanks to the White Paper 6.9 millions.

    Remember to kick PAP out in 2020!

  5. Jam says:

    If you had chosen to lead a more humble lifestyle and saved your high earnings previously, you would not be in such situation. Ups and downs in life are inevitable, we have always been taught to save for rainy days and be contented with what we have. We all know that no jobs are iron rice-bowl. We know better then to splurge on luxuries while being employed. You want to splurge, you bear the consequences. Stop blaming others for your downfall.

  6. Michael says:

    Well, i am an engineer working in SMEs. I am technically inclined and not suitable for management roles. I previously worked in this construction company that hires me at $4k a month. After some time increased to $4.5k as I can help them solve they problems. After that, they found that engineers from China can also do that. Their pay is only $2k. Good. They then ask me to leave without any compensation.

    My current company is a startup funded by the government. As the only employer in the startup, I have to do almost everything (except financially). The pay is capped at $5k as the government has this rule that bachelor degree has a limit.

  7. Ec says:

    Hi mate,

    The trend were there. The problem was a lot of people did not realise and believe in it. Once they experience the pinch, they will be able to feel the sentiment on the ground. Otherwise, it is just a hearsay from the average Singaporean whose livelihoods were robbed by foreigner. Now that the ivory tower had toppled, the reality will be unfolded.

  8. Simon says:

    Can’t agree more. My boss is a foreigner and my team mate are all foreigner and I am the only local in the team. I lost my job last November and all foreigner got to keep their jobs. Now 8 months on and I am still not able to get a job. So I really felt the writer’s thought and also felt pretty helpless in that sense. Well….. Maybe that is the way to force us become more enterpreneur?

  9. napoleon bohlumpar says:

    viva PAP…….forza PAP……. DAFT Sinkies…….only when the head has been cut off………then will realize voting for PAP is a big mistake……….

  10. John Lam says:

    Good economic cycle are very short and longest is 10 year’s in 86 to 98.

    Now we must good economic only 3 to 5 years.

    We cannot plan long term committment to buy million dollar house.

    I was a victim of the economic cycle than lost my job in MNC.

    2016 is worst as oil crisis and many oil and gas industry big retrenchment.

    We must not have high Committment, no car, fully pay Hdb the best.

    Crisis come we still can survive.

    Is not how much you make. You make $100,000 but still deficit because you live a high lifestyle. Own big house, luxurious car.

    You need to pay $120,000 per month.

    Everyone want own many properties so we can be rich for future, many get caught when crisis come.

    Be prudent, learn from my old China forefathers.

  11. Aru Akise says:

    Hmm… I wonder what the name of the company that the fourth generation Singaporean lost his $150,000 salary job to the Foreign Talent subordinate. Maybe I want to shame this company. This company should deserve the penalty for hiring foreigners instead of locals. Should make this report to MOM.

    To those who still work in their high pay job, I would like to say… –> The delayed gratification is better than the instant gratification. E.g. save and scrimp no matter how much you earn. Grow wealth. No need to buy high end stuff. Be humble and down to earth. What if you lose your high pay job to the cheaper foreigner one day? Be saver and grow wealth instead of indulging yourself in case of bad companies/employers laying off or sacking locals for cheaper foreign labour in future.

    CNA news reported about unemployment rate. Very bad unemployment rate.

    Indeed, 70% DAFT sinkes voted for PAP. Let’s kick PAP out of Singapore in 2020!

  12. Mr Aquarium says:

    i am sorry to say that you have fallen from the sky and facing the other side of life. in your high earning years, it probably didnt occur to you the miseries others are facing and the policies causing them. It is normal, nobody’s blaming you but shit happens and now you are down in the sewers with them. i foresee your biggest bet is to start your own business or work overseas, having a 50% adjusted salary is not gonna work out for you and eventually you will need to take a loss on one fo that condos.

    i suggest you sell both condos and take back whatever cash you have or ensure both condos re rented out and move to a HDB or back with parents. Sell your car or used it to do GRAB and slowly rebuild your life either through a job which i dont recommend or better still through a business venture.

  13. John says:

    I go back for reservist very often too and it affects my work. Have no choice. This is life. My last employer complained and my current employer complained as well. Though I am release on each recall but it won’t go well in thr longer term. Now just hoping to quickly finish my 10 years and find a new job to start a fresh.

    • xyz says:

      Email your boss & HR, saying that if they find reservist so stupid & wasting time & money, then they should help you by writing in to MINDEF to ask for deferment for you.

      See whether your boss or company got guts to reply in email.

      You can also submit this email trail to MOM & MINDEF in future if you kena fired or retrenched.

  14. bill says:

    When my godfather migrated to Germany in the 60′s he got paid the same money as Germans.When i worked in a few European countries i had the same opportuinities as they did(i come from a European country).I even studied in their countries for free while they had to pay.
    when immigrants came in my country they got paid less than locals.the result was that they got all the it happens in SG.Only in the middle east i have seen locals having more benefits.

    many foreigners in SG are paid less and they get your jobs.and they are not all cash rich.some earn peanuts and dont have cpf and other advantages you have.

    Paradoxically you mention that you want to have advantage in your home country. I have seen in practice that this is the wrong approach.It will make you lose your job by cheaper labour. Yet,although you are unhappy someone replaced you for much less,you still insist that you want to have advantage.

    The ones to blame are the employers who want to reduce cost and the mindset that its possible to pay foreigners low wages without any risk

  15. Francis says:

    You finance second home… I can’t even get a HDB through balloting….

  16. Coffeegg says:

    I only earn 4 digit salary per mth, 1 hdb 3 room flat, no car.
    but happy.
    eventually it is how u spend ur money..

  17. Moin says:

    You do realize that in the world we live in globalization has almost eradicated local market competition and replaced it with global or atleast regional competition. It is extremely difficult to stimulate a growth the level of Singapore and provide even the necessities we consider basic in our time. Transport, living space, food, clean water, energy, high speed internet, transparent government etc etc. In order to provide most of these things the society needs to generate extremely high economic output per capita. Which means extremely high valued businesses need to be established to balance out the low wage workers that need to be present in every city. If the high valued businesses are not being established continuosly by locals then foreign stimulus needs to be brought in and that means establishment of major foreign companies. These foreign companies are free to choose any city or country in the region and if they are not offered good enough options by a government they can very well take their business elsewhere, hence they have no inclination to pay you 40â„… more when they can achieve the same objectives at 40â„… less. Business is pure profits not a playground for moral discussions. In order to reduce this inflow the only option people have is to instead of purchasing two condos invest in businesses that will stimulate the economy and not force the government to look to foreign companies to improve its economic output.
    Lastly just the fact that the foreigner gracefully accepts a lower wage than the local lets you know that to be in your shoes some people would give up everything. You received prosperity and safety as a birthright, only leaving singapore and actually heading out to one of the third world countries will make you realize just how many opportunities you had and how many you have taken forgranted. In a free market system as the competitiveness increases it will only force governments to deregulate controls further to convince businesses in investing in local economies. Unless that specific economy can offer an environment or benefit that no other economy can offer. Which in most cases is not true, specially in the case of singapore as other south east asian nations develop.

  18. Thistoo Shallpass says:

    If you actually did apply to 500 jobs in one week, you were not job hunting, you were throwing your resume to the wind and hoping that someone would pick one up. Your application has no more value than one of those get-rich-quick Nigerian e-mail and deserve just as much respect and attention.

    At the salary level that you supposedly were pulling in, you should not be sending out job applications like those people handing out flyers in shopping malls. You need to use your network (assuming you have one), select and research the companies to which you are applying so that you can state clearly what value you can bring to each potential employer. If you spent 5 days a week, 8 hours a day sending out those 500 applications, you were spending about 5 minutes on each application and there is no way you could have done any research.

    If you do not understand this very simple aspect of job hunting, you were probably overpaid at your previous job and it is understandable why your former company would want to replace you.

  19. Richard says:

    To author, are all your 2 properties toxic ? meaning you can’t sell without incurring loss ? If you can offload 1 with no loss, then consider, at least you can cut ur expenses .. if not, consider to rent out, albeit lower rental, to cope monthly.

    I’m one of the 30% voters for opp and I have been working overseas since 2005. Fortunately, I was able to dodge all my reservist with exit permit while working overseas and hence, I don’t need to serve SG and protect all those FTs. Hope you can do the same to avoid being exploited by our govt.

    National Day holds no meaning for me too … Since my motherland couldn’t stop me from been replaced by foreigner, I have disowned my motherland instead. I rather spent my time in casino, at least I won money, celebrating national day is a waste of my time. So don’t feel bad about it.

    I suggest you try overseas, currently SGaporeans are still popular in China, Indonesia, Cambodia etc. Our management skills and can-do attitude are very much in demand but you have to endure office politics with a smiley and stupid underlings, requiring high EQ and a positive mindset.

    Just don’t feel bad leaving SG, she abandoned us in the first place, its just business…

  20. jimmy daniel holmgren says:

    buhu i lost my 150k job and now i cant live my luxurious life style anymore
    at the mean time 1/3 of the population dont have fresh water

    get som perspective dam spoiled lazy as singaporiens

    • usha says:

      The writer is very clear in his explanation.
      I agree with him 100%.
      in time to come, our citizens will be sidelined.
      the pap govt will NEVER change.
      they will keep on sidelining the citizens.
      We have to give this govt a very poor mandate for them to wake up and see the reality of the matter.

  21. YCS says:

    Hey guys. Be sensitive to the man. He is smart enough to earn so much money and even bought his 2nd condo with zero cash while most of us still have to live in HDB.

  22. P J N says:

    Wonder if Singaporeans know about CECA – the Singapore India economic cooperation agreement – the implications in terms of jobs for Singaporeans.

  23. Ade says:

    What he said is very real regarding EP from Malaysia. Our citizens can do the job why do we need them.

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