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Monday January 14th 2019

Are we seeing more joblessness among the Generation Y group?

I have been receiving quite alot of mails lately from the jobless community but a few  glaring things stood out during this period  - they are all mostly men, in their 30s and also well educated.

We have all along received daily mails from the jobless people throughout these  4 years of operation but they usually are  in between the 40s to 50s age range.


There are  the rare odd few that belonged to the 20s-30s age group but lately I detected, shockingly, that mails from this Generation Y age group has been coming in more regularly than any other period. They are also mostly men.

Moreover, all along, our status as a financial business hub has attracted high employment among the women workforce as the financial sector  is considered a service industry. Women executives work well in an office environment and of late, one can see at least 70% feminine presence in banks, financial institutions and stock broking firms.

Men traditionally dominate in the manufacturing and IT industries but as many of these jobs have migrated to cheaper countries, they are left to nimble at jobs within the smaller SMEs and MNCs.

I have  seen a few of the younger jobless  PMETs personally as I wanted to know  why they are currently unemployed when we are supposed to be having zero unemployment.  Any unemployment statistics that have a figure of two and below percentage point means that the country has achieved zero unemployment.

Its a proud achievement for any country now when some European countries are having double-digit unemployment figures. Even the richest country in the world right now – the US – is struggling with double-digit unemployment.

Most of the Generation Y unemployed people  I saw have at least a degree and some even paid quite alot of money to get a solid university education  from overseas Рmostly Australian universities.

They are also mostly engineers, IT specialists or finance graduates. Most of them are from middle-income family background and stays in HDB flats.

A few of them managed to work and study part-time to earn their degrees from USIM. To them, a university degree is a prerequisite right now and you can’t go without one.

The ¬†mere fact that they proudly spoke at length about their tertiary educational qualification made me realised that it is something that brought them much self esteem and being a very achievement-orientated society, it is also something that you won’t want to find missing from your¬† portfolio.

Education Рpassport to better  well paying jobs

A degree somehow defines who you are and what you are make of.  One even is ashamed to inform his peers that he does not have a degree!

I dread to inform them that when they are in their  40s, a degree or even an MBA may not get you anywhere and many of them have in fact turn to cab driving or become a property agent to make ends meet.

Moreover, there are so many different kinds of degress and tertiary institutions out there that the employers have a hard time distinguishing one from the other. Of course, if you manage to earn a degree from those highly-esteemed Ivy League universities, then your job opportunities will be many times better than those from the ordinary universities.

A first-class honours degree from a reputable university will also be very much sought after than other classes and catapults you into the world of rare talents.

If you want to work in the government sector, it is better to have a degree from the local universities Рespecially if you aspire  to be a teacher. Seldom have I hard of a foreign degree holder managing to enter the highly-paid teaching profession. A honours  fresh graduate will probably earn close to $3200 Рeven before she has laid hands on a piece of chalk!

The Generation Y’s expensive tertiary studies are probably financed from their parents’ life-long savings ¬†and this group thus has the innate longing to take good care of their parents out of gratitude.

Ominously for those jobless  guys that I have met, even at the age of mid 30s, they are mostly single and some have even permanently waive off marriage from their mind as they felt that if they could not take care of themselves and their parents, how can they take care of their own families?

I thought that our Generation Y has lived in one of the toughest period of our post-independence era and some have even lamented to me that they have seen through at least four economic crises since they were born!

Suffice to say, at the young age of 30s when life is supposed to be at their prime best and you are  looking forward to settling down with your loved one, its perhaps not the best time to be unemployed and struggling financially.

Optimism is not a key word for this group as they tottered between jobs and more often than not, their unflattering job record smelled more  of a job hopper.

Many told me that they  left their jobs because of work stress and office politics. Is it possible that their  dependency nature has caused them to be soft and lacking resilience Рthat they easily throw in the towel in the face of adversity?

Generation Y – The Strawberry Generation?

MINDEF has recently introduced mental adversity lessons in their national service curriculum and one suspects that the government may have all along realise that our younger generation are mentally soft and thus gives up easily when face with adversities or stiff competition.

However, one must be sympathetic to the kind of harsh environment that our Generation Y has been thrown into right now. Most of them have a starting pay that I managed to draw ten years ago and the influx of foreign workers have make their life so much harder than my babyboomer generation.

At 32 years old, I was already settling down with my wife, managed to pay for the downpayment of my HDB executive flat and looking foward to start my family with great confidence. Jobs were aplenty and employers were paying all kinds of obscent salaries to retain staff.

I also realised ironically that during this modern era of high GDP and globalisation, it has not make things any easier for our Generation Y as they struggle with high cost of living and stiff competition for work from foreign talents.

Their salaries are also nothing much to shout about Рthe highest quote that I could garner from the lot that I saw recently is $4,500 Р from a 35-year-old IT system analyst who was axed because he was replaced by  a  cheaper foreign talent.

Most of them could not command salaries over $3,000 a month Рa gross testimony to the stagnanted salaries we have over the past decade. The recent influx  of cheap foreign talents has also ensured that our salaries will not appreciate much in the short to medium term making things even harder for the Generation Y population.

Many thus dreamed of an escape through the migration route. One of the  young jobless PMETs that I have seen is already drawing up plans to leave  for his country of study РAustralia.

“Its a madhouse here, Gilbert,” Max confided in me when he resigned¬†from ¬†his third job over four years in the banking industry.

“You worked from 9am to 9pm, earned $3000+ dollars and the pressure is relentless.” He has already put up application to migrate and will leave Singapore at the first instant of approval from the embassy.

He is also not dating much as he felt that his unflattering job record will be a hindrance if he ever starts a family here.

One female 2o-something PMET I knew even hooked up with a New Zealander so that she could migrate and leave this terrible place – even though she earns close to $5000 from the recruitment industry.

Another  32-year-old guy Р Tom Рwhom I met at Toa Payoh Ya Kun three weeks ago, painted me a picture of doom and gloom as he related to me his unemployment story.

He managed to find temp work earning peanuts at $7 an hour as he searched for something more tangible.

He used to be a teacher aide earning $1500 a month  and loved it so much that he  tried to pursue a degree through his evening studies so that he can become a full-fledged teacher here.

As he earned his degree through the evening part time courses, there is little recognition from the Ministry of Education and Tom  was literally brought back to earth Рshattering his dream to be an educator.

Long used to receiving pent-up wrath from the jobless community, I realised that the¬† Generation Y group never relaxes a muscle as they vented out their frustration verbally: “I am in a fix, Gilbert!”

“I am supposted to have my new BTO HDB flat soon and how can I pay the mortgages if I don’t even have a good job?”

Marriage is also coming by soon for him as the young couple  has to register their marriage once the new flat arrives and he is getting up-tight by his current unemployment state.

He has also sent out countless resumes to many government bodies but so far there isn’t much response from them.

How about trying the private sector?

“That is worse,”¬†Tom ¬†retored as I sipped my coffee from Ya Kun amidst¬† saliva spluttering out from his pent-up venom.¬† “They don’t even aknowledge your application at all!”

We departed from Toa Payoh Central amidst a cloud of uncertainty as Tom tried to figure out how best to present himself to the next employer when he gets call up for  an interview.

Generation Y – Era of High GDP and Great Stress

I couldn’t help but felt sorry for a young man who is supposed to be happy about tying the knot soon – but yet he is facing a happy occasion with much doubt and uncertainty.

I also recently met up with Alex – a 35-year-old IT system analyst who is chatty and articulate.

Looking much younger than his age, Alex is also looking at working abroad so that he could be a foreign talent overseas than struggling here and competing with cheaper foreign workers.

I thought that at least, in Alex, I found someone who is more assertive and confident than the rest of the Generation Y lot that I have seen recently.

Its a battle he thinks he will ultimately  lose as employers have a wider pool of IT specialists to choose from especially right  now  with the current influx of foreign talents.

Also single and swearing off dating and marriage so that he will not have an extra set of burden to take care of, he was asked to resign late last year so that he could make way for a cheaper foreign talent.

He was one of the few that I could recall in their 30s who managed to draw a healthy $4500 a month in his last job.

Though¬† he knew that he has to make provisions later on as employers will not even consider ¬†hiring him when he turns forty years old in five years’ time, he is clueless and¬† rather hopless at the current employment situation here.

“What can I do Gilbert?” he kept asking me as we met for two hours at Serangoon NEX burger king recently.

As a counsellor, we were trained not to provide answers but merely give options but sometimes its difficult not to be seen as an advisor  from the helpless jobless community.

Not one of the many jobless PMETs I saw recently has managed to convince me that one should try to  be entrepreneurial to ekk out a decent living for the long term.

Many are comfortable shifting from one job to the other – making ends meet as they try to stay on a job as long as they possibly can. Many are also on contractual terms – meaning they will be made jobless once the contract ends.

Contracts do not allow a person to look at their future with great optimism and confidence – on the contrary it gives them lots of doubt and uncertainty for the future ¬†so that they can’t plan much ahead.

Many people have also categorised our Generation Y group as the strawberry generation.

They entered a world whereby everything is already been  fought for and won over Рby their parents.

They merely need to study hard, gain good grades and find a good job – and live happily after.

Some even have maids to wash their plates after they have eaten and many stay comfortably in their parents’ homes – without having to worry much about life.

The route  is already laid for them and if they are meritocratic enough they will find the path of gold.

Many are thus shell-shocked after they have graduated and  enter into a world of hard work,  zero  work life balance and frequent employment exploitation.

Lacking tenacity and ¬†not very street smart, many of our Generation Y PMETs prefer to work for the government as they are safer and better in providing workers’ welfare. At least, the government sector won’t exploit you like the foreign MNCs and local SMEs do.

The rough and tumble of the foreigners-infested private sector is best left to the Generation X or even baby boomers to fight it out - as our young graduates filtered out working in our many SMEs or MNCs. These industries  are always in their third or fourth choices when they are out looking for work.


The government has always place priority on taking care of the employment needs of our fresh young graduates as they represent the cream of the society.

Moreover, if you have too many jobless young graduates in the country, this is always a cause for concern as they are reckless, rash and more capable of starting something foolish when they are emotional.

Many  riots in the Middle east countries are started off by unemployed young graduates as they have nothing to lose and worse,  easily agitated

Those who are jobless and belongs to the Generation X or babyboomers era are seldom as emotional or angry as the Generation Y group. Maybe the older folks  have seen through alot in  life  and are more resilient as compared to those who are younger.

As our country ploughs on relentlessly in search of higher GDP growth through the influx of foreign workers, let us be mindful that if more of  our younger graduates are left on the shelf like the Generation X and babyboomers have been, it could be an ominous signal to the authorities that all is not well with our country.

Written by: Gilbert Goh


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21 Responses to “Are we seeing more joblessness among the Generation Y group?”

  1. Singaporeanaboard says:

    Hi Gilbert,

    After reading this and a few other articles posted on your transitioning, I am sad and glad that I am not alone.

    You mention that “Many thus dreamed of an escape through the migration route.” I am one of those that chosen the migration route, but I hope you Gilbert can help to clarify to those who had this thought to be mentally prepare to rough it out for the first 1 to 3 years.

    Things will not be a bed of roses for any new migrate,unlike Singapore, where foreigner and new migrate could easily settle down with a good job and career immediately.

    You must be mentally prepare to go through a tough process of job seeking. Be humble enough to take up any jobs available to pay the bills. Unlike Singapore, where we are very dependent on cheap foreign labour, in countries such as Australia, if you don’t mind doing manual jobs that comes by, you still can earn enough to cover your living expense, if you know how to manage your money.

    Try not to give up easily, coz you must remember why you are here in the first place. And try to look at what are the things you can gain from in the long run, put down your pride and dignity aside first.

    If you can’t, sorry immigration route might not be suitable for you. And I would like to wishes everyone good luck.

  2. Gen Y says:

    Hi Gilbert,

    It is a very well written article. You seem to read our minds so well. I feel that if you are not a scholar in Singapore, life will be very tough. A pass general degree nowadays is worth nothing. The money spent on tertiary education would be better spent in meeting the high costs of living.

    Employers also prefer someone with relevant experience or skills. Not many people are willing to invest their time in training fresh grads when everything is moving so fast. I think the problem you mentioned above should be around for at least 10 years since after 911.

    Yes I agree that something is wrong with our education system. If the average students couldn’t find decent jobs, what is the point of studying so hard in the first place? Many of us realised this too late. It won’t be fair for us to work in those low-paying jobs as salesgirl, cashier, waiter, cleaner etc. after getting a degree. Finding a job is like digging a needle in a haysack.

    Recently, ST reported that young and jobless in Eurpoe are called Neets- Not in Education, Employment or Training. In China, many grads are also shunning blue-collar jobs even though they can earn a decent wage. I think this problem is not unique to Singapore.

    There is really no work-life balance here. The stress level is very high irregardless of your rank or workplace. People with low salary also have a heavy workload and most of them do OT to meet ends meet.

    The strawberry generation have our pride and dreams too. We are brought up to think that as long as we study hard in school, we will have a good job and a good life. We only realised that it is not true esp during an economic crisis. Office politics, work stress and long hours make many people walking corpses in life. Our health are affected as a result and many quit to recuperate. Money and health seem not to go together in this day and age.

    I know of retirees who used to work as cleaners or labourers suffering body aches in their old age. The low pay and CPF may not be enough to cover their medical costs and their children have to foot the bills. So what is the price of survival?

  3. anon says:

    Yup, in a service-oriented economy like S’pore, the guys get hit much harder in recession, or even when the economy is just slowing down a bit. The US has seen this back in 2008 and they coined a term “Men-cession”.

    Like what you said, females are perceived to be a better fit in service industries, or they are seen as more detail-oriented, more careful, more EQ etc that employers think is important in office environment. A retrenched or jobless 35+ female grad can possibly still get a $2K/mth admin job to tide over. A jobless 35+ guy will be like trying to strike Toto.

    Guys, especially in asian society, are seen as more rough and tumble, and the employers’ stereotype of being more suited only for jobs in outdoor sales, commissioned sales, IT, engineering, drivers, and those more physical blue-collar jobscopes.

    Anecdotally, I’m also seeing more of “late graduates” being stuck without work or stuck in temp/contract jobs. Late graduates are those such as poly grads who decide to start their Uni in their mid-20s or late-20s. By the time they graduate, they are 28+ or 30+. Problem is that they don’t really have much work experience at the degree-level jobscope, but they end-up competing with young early-to-mid 20s foreigners who claimed having fantastic relevant experience working for MNCs in their home countries. The Singaporean “late graduates” will usually lose out. Moreover, their degrees will be usually from places such as private schools, and 2nd-tier Unis or Oz unis which many employers here don’t really respect.

    I will say that most of these graduates may be better off eating humble pie and seeking jobs with their previous employers. You will probably get similar pay as before you got a degree, but for this group, you will have realise by now what a degree is worth. Anyway the main aim is to have a stable job with the normal staff benefits that everyone else takes for granted, and a salary that is better than $7/hr.

    Personally I only know 2 friends who was better off after pursuing degrees in their late-20s. One was a diploma holder in civil service — he impressed his bosses enuf to get a govt scholarship for overseas Uni, and now is rising well in civil service with close to 5-figure monthly salary plus 4 months bonuses etc.

    The other was an ex-classmate who couldn’t get into law in NUS, studied something he didn’t like, and worked as a unhappy generic executive in some company after graduation. Luckily for him, his father had money and sent him to London after a few years. Now this ex-classmate is a happy lawyer, happily working 12-to-14-hr work days.

  4. Singaporeanaboard says:

    Well, yes and no… A stable job with low pay cannot guarantee anything in Singapore. You might not be able to get married, buy a flat or get your CPF money out at 65 years old. The main reasons for the influx of foreigners is mainly due to FTA agreement sign by Singapore government.

    I would suggest Singapore government to impose a condition on FTA for other countries to create good paying jobs for those low and low middle income Singapore and import Singaporean who are willingly to relocate to their countries just like what the Filipino had alwad do.

    And when they are old, let the hosting country to take care of them, so Singapore government need not try to kick them away to our neighbours, or withhold their CPF money. And Singapore can continue to import young people and export them away before they turn 40.

  5. SL says:

    Our nation’s GDP may be seen as in the healthy range. However, the current job scene is really not optimistic and the working community are deriving little or no happiness in the work they did. I had observed an increasing number of my friends and ex-colleagues from both gen X and Y, quitted without a job these days. I must mention that many of them are not the impulsive type and they do have elderly and families to take care of. The pace of work had gone quite crazy for some, and there is clear signals from the top that if you cant perform, be ready to go. Many of the superiors are also expecting their subordinates to respond to their sms and emails even after the official working hours. They literally ‘dump’ jobs with little regards of whether their staff can manage or not. I hardly see any work-life balance these days. And yes, there is always a fair share of office politics everywhere. Many employees eventually quitted to recuperate and gain back their sanity. I wouldn’t be surprise in time to come, we will see a surge in cases of mental illness, chronic depression that stem from all sorts of work pressure and environments as well as intense competition from the unending influx of foreign workers.

  6. Gintai says:

    Excellent article Gilbert. You just spoken for us. Hope the relevant authority notices this trend and fact! Many well qualified citizens are driving taxi, becoming Hawkers, security officer etc. what a shame.

  7. jj says:

    The relevant authority will tell you to change your mindset, go for retraining & take up WSQ courses, opt for a career change, grab any job that comes along cos it is better than having no job…blar blar blar. When you ask for financial aids, what do you think they will say to you?

    That’s why WP won the Aljunied GRC. Now the PAP started to review MP, ministers & president’s wages, control the influx of FT/FW/PR, tackle HDB policy, tackle public transport problems, increase financial aids scheme, look into ways to help the low income groups…blar blar blar.

    Will there be changes if WP didn’t win the Aljunied GRC? i now waiting for 2016 GE.

    Working as a security officer, you can’t really earn much. The gross wage (not the basic wage) of a security officer & a security supervisor who works 72hr/wk is separately around $1600- $1800 & $1900-$2100. If you are working for the hotel on 48hr/wk basis, the gross wage is separately around $1300 & $1600. The 72hr/wk is inclusive of public holiday, there is no extra pay for working on a public holiday even if it is going against MOM regulation.

    As for taxi driver, one taxi driver uncle told me he drove 12 ‚Äď 14hr daily, he can earned around $6000 – $8000 per month. As for hawker, I heard they could earn around $4000 or more per month. But being a hawker is also not an easy job too. Among security officer, taxi driver & hawker occupations, security officer earn the least.

    Working as a security officer, people would usually gave me a disdainful look & cold stare when I asked them not to park their cars at the non-designated areas, lower down their voices, don’t sit at the corridors or we are not nanny, we don’t look after your child for you etc.

    All blue collar & labour worker jobs don’t earn much in term of basic wage. There are already reports of middle aged dip/deg holders working as cleaners during these few years.

    Too many FT/FW/PR, too many universities, too many polytechnics, over focused on GDP growth, too stingy to help the poors, too arrogant.

  8. Gilbert Goh says:

    Thanks for all the interesting comments posted on my article.

    All along, our government has garnered alot of feedback from the Gen X and babyboomers as we thought that unemployment will hit these two groups more due to the age-bias hiring mentality here.

    However, of late, we are seeing more Gen Y people getting jobless and there are variant reasons chief of which is probably the stiff competition from our foreign influx.

    The EP work permit system is one big barrier and we will try to get the attention of our governemnt here.

    I urge those jobless Gen Y PMETs to write in to us if you need our coaching/counselling assistance. Its no shame to seek help if you need to.

    Don’t suffer alone!

    Gilbert Goh

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  10. Mr Tan says:

    I am 37 year old Singaporean this year and I am VERY LUCKY to be able to get a job at a stat board, its as good as striking 1st prize TOTO, but also I have to thank my relative who help me out because I have not been around during CNY for the last 5 years. I have been in contracting work almost 5 years doing IT at one of the TOP foreign bank with no prosects of converting to perm and HIGH prospects of getting replace by cheaper foreigners. In the 5 years in this TOP BANK, I have not smell any bonuses when company does well and peanuts increment and I work almost 28 days a month. At least in stat board chances of being replace my foreigners is slim, but then again……..

    Come to Changi Business Park on a work day during lunch hour and you will feel that you are at Mumbai. Finally, I am leaving the private sector for good, cos sooner or later I will be replaced anyway. I will stay in stat board till I save enough to migrate, selling my property here and most importantly to unlock my CPF money which is my sweat and blood and immigrate. I get pissed when the PAP garmen tries all creative ways to lock my CPF $ and I don’t feel very rich when I see my statement every month, not like some “people”. Worst of all, I don’t want to only see statements of my CPF account the rest of my life. I have lost all hope with the PAP garmen.

    Gilbert, I think it will be highly helpful if you can help people with information on immigration on your excellent website. Thanks!

  11. Older Gen Y says:

    A good article about Joblessness in Gen Y. @Gen Y, you too. You mentioned worked until feeling like a walking corpse, that sounds familiar to me. Health affected? Yes. I was once reduced to 36.5kg only, during the time I was “married” to a company!

    • Gen Y says:

      Thanks for your comment. I feel that it is pointless to work so hard and get sick and tired. If you are appreciated for your hard work, it is fine with me. But the problem is that people exploited you and piled you with more work because you are more efficient. I think many companies save on manpower costs in this way. Thus making more people jobless as one person did the work of two people.

      For the low income, the low salary may not be enough to foot the medical fees due to work stress. Someone told me that I can claim medical fees, but it was not so much a money issue than a health issue. Nobody wants to be sick and returning to work after resting for 1 day when they have not fully recovered. I was angry that the person always see things in terms of $$. I would rather be healthy than to claim medical fees just to take advantage of the benefit.

      I also know of people losing hair due to work stress after the age of 25. Beware of those famous hair treatment centres. I know someone spending a few thousand dollars on herbal hair treatment without much effect. It will be better to spend $200 per month for TCM treatment than go to those hair treatment centres.

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  14. a says:

    This government does not have a soul.

    The people have been suffering after a certain someone became the head of the heartless whitewashers. This brainless forever smiling person, in my opinion, has caused more harm than the whole gahmen combined.

    Financial aids are for the poorest of poor, so I don’t think anyone with a shelter above their heads will get it. There are really really poor people in Singapore but they just sleep in the void decks or bedok jetty. Some of these people work their whole lives with little financial knowledge in a quickly transforming society and were left behind quickly, like what some of us are experienceing now… and suddenly their CPF and savings were not enough to tfinance a rental agreement. Also they may not speak english, so they do what they can do—>pick rubbish to make themselves useful.

    While I am a young Singaporean with limited social work experience, my heart breaks for these elderly people. It is undignified but they have to do it to survive. Why do the PAP ministers not walk the ground to help these people since they have all the money in the world? I am not surprised 14 year olds in Singapore swear to leave this place. It is heartless.. and ultimately breaks the soul.

  15. Sg_daughter says:

    a: Read all your comments in one breath. Succinct, hard-hitting, to the point. From the many posts I have read on this site, it is clear there is no shortage of educated, talented, articulate Singaporeans who are simultaneously empathetic, spirited and well-equipped to build a nation on their own. Who stands in their way? Dare I say a selfishly ambitious ruling party in cohort with unwanted FTs?

    “Cool” posted on the “why-i-attended-the-1602-protest-against-6-9-million-population-white-paper” thread about gathering 10,000 at the next protest in Hong Lim Park. If it is another orderly one organized in the same vein as or by Gilbert Goh, I’d say stoke up that fire in your bellies Singaporeans and go for it! Restore the balance and equilibrium necessary to build the truly great country that you deserve to own. It has been a long time coming.

  16. sal says:

    Degree is a necessity for someone to migrate overseas nowadays . Its easier to migrate if you’re a degree holder, as of living in Sppre skills and adequate qualification are more important. If you have a degree and diploma it will be better off cause you can opt to migrate or stay in Spore.

  17. depressed says:

    I am a true blue male Singaporean. Even with a master degree from a local uni, I have much difficultly landing a job. it’s really a very sad place to be

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  19. Katongirl says:

    Middle managers hold on to their job as if their life depends on it. Sad truth, but truth. My own Singaporean manager was insecure with herself and with my good performance, did not want to renew my 6-month contract. After a chat with her, she renewed a 3-month. What a joke!

    Took her a year to write a recommendation on my Linkedin. A few weeks ago, I saw that she has erased that recommendation (that she wrote two years ago). Guess she still hates me?

    Ha ha ha. She must be mad.

  20. HH says:

    Dear All,

    Hope all is well despite the situation.
    Please allow me to relate my own story to all.

    Many years ago our former PM Goh Chok Tong encourage Singaporeans to go regional…share our knowledge and expertise.

    I am one of them who went regional not knowing time passes so quickly that it has now being over fifteen years in the region,allow me to backtrack a little, in an Singapore Official function consisting some Singapore VIP’s and Minister, I suddenly had the urge to pose a question to a Minister, I ask him that many of us went regional BUT what happens after this when we decide to return to Singapore,
    The response I got was a smile and a “hi” to another and a walk-away scene.
    Back to the point, thats how I ended up been in the region for over fifteen years and so all know I am not the only one many Singaporeans are “stuck” out there fearing coming back there is nothing for us and to begin all over again after all these years of contribution to make the Singapore Brand. Now, I am unemployed for over a year in my 50′s.
    After reading so many comments here I feel that I don’t belong here. So I am looking for a way to go bacvk into the region and perhaps this time I will not be back here, there are so many sad stories about all of these and it saddened me and very disappointed with Singapore.Not pushing the blame but we should be treasure of Singapore and not some leftovers, and we are real professional, I believe same goes to all of you.

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