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Saturday June 24th 2017

Singaporean lamenting about prolonged unemployment of foreign architect husband

Dear Gilbert,

I stumbled your website out of sudden and very pleased to read all the articles posted there.

My husband, a PR has been out of job for 12 months as a architectural designer. He has worked in that company for 2 years and was promoted as a team lead just 3 months before he was laid off due to bad business environment..

He was involved in HDB upgrading projects and has experience dealing with BCA and local authorities. Of course, he was happily working as he already has requested the company to endorse him as a certified architect.  He only has 1.5 years to go before being approval by the Board of Architects.

We were thus shocked to receive the retrenchment letter even though he was promoted as team lead. Moreover, he was given another appendix document to sign and confirmed with the company that he would not resign in the next 2 years.

We brought the case to MOM, however MOM can’t do anything as the company has paid him 1-month compensation.

So my question to MOM, what is the use of the appointment letter then? MOM is silent and so far there is no help rendered from them.

Then 2 months later, my husband got a overseas job offer to outstation in middle east with a Singapore company. However, due to political issues of the war his visa was not approved and he lost that opportunity.

Now it has been 12 months, he has not get a call for any interviews. We are stripped of our savings as the days go by. He tried to take up post degree courses but the requirements in Singapore requires so many other documents and involve cash. We ask NUS if CPF special account can be used to pay fees for a Master degree course. NUS replied that only degree courses and below are allowed. The laws are just so rigid that many times it does not make sense.

Life was not easy for us. I am the only breadwinner for the family and juggling between work, home and taking of care of our kid. I am a true-born Singapore citizen as well as my son who just started primary school.

I felt injustice to how we are being treated while there are many FTs who are doing well here in my country, planning for holidays each year and sending their kids to good enrichment classes. I feel envious and stupid as a citizen working like slaves trying to finish the house mortgage loan. Sometimes,  I felt we should just sell our home and renounce our citizenship and go to other places where we will be accepted better.

With this bad economy situation, we dare not dream anymore.

Rgds,

Rosie

 

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3 Responses to “Singaporean lamenting about prolonged unemployment of foreign architect husband”

  1. No foreigners says:

    Dear Rosie,

    You should blame the voters for such a pro local government. Your FT husband has to suffer for it

    • xyz says:

      Ya the husband should renounce his foreigner status & say S’pore Oath of Allegiance to get pink IC. Confirmed chop will get good paying job within 1 month.

  2. James says:

    I think by giving up your citizenship as you had suggested is a good idea. Just because your husband couldn’t get a full time job you started to lament. I think MOM do not owe you an explanation on whats the use of an appointment letter. Or laws are just so rigid that many times it does not make sense?

    You felt injustice to how you were being treated while there are many FTs who were doing well here in Singapore, planning for holidays each year and sending their kids to good enrichment classes. Then why don’t you also said why there are a lot more people who are richer? Even if you had voted for the current government, it also cannot guarantee you a good salary job?

    Now it has been 12 months, he has not get a call for any interviews. There are much more people who haven’t got an interview for 2 years too.

    If you give up your citizenship and sell your house, maybe you can be much happy? Go to other counties where both of you will be accepted better.

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