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Sunday November 19th 2017

Reader appalled at the high number of foreigners working in Changi Airport

Dear Mr Goh,

I recently went on a short trip and flew from Terminal 1 but was rather surprised to find the situation inside the check-in, to be far worse than employment outside as Singaporeans increasingly are unable to afford travel despite having the “most powerful passport” of 2017!

Before I boarded the aircraft, I had time for tea at a “PAUL Le Kiosque” and saw only 2 Singaporean staff (from their accent). The cafe hired mostly Filipinos, Indian Nationals and Malaysians, which has become a sore point for locals due to the liberal stance of our government to hire citizens from other countries.

Needless to also mention that promoters at The Shilla Duty-Free Cosmetics and Perfumes are like 80% foreigners and you can literally count the number of locals working there on your fingers.

Whatever happened to the quota imposed by MOM? Either they’re very lax at enforcing them or we’re seeing things with our lying eyes! Anyway, the unemployment rate for Singapore citizens should be substiantially lower as our population stands currently at around 58% (or lesser) if the government’s measure to “restructure” the middle-aged to take menial jobs has worked.

But these jobs are increasingly being occupied by Work Permits and S-Pass holders so one doesn’t really know what is left for the unemployed or retrenched? Some of these foreigners come in on the basis of “training” so they will later”upgrade” from an initial student pass or exchange program.

Changi Airport our Jewel is the first line whereby tourists get to experience our Country and I think its prudent to ensure Singaporeans get hired in those positions first to extend the Singapore hospitality to these travellers and not some 3rd class citizens who cannot even speak English properly. No other country in the world hires other nationals to serve in their transit and enjoy the perks there!

I also wonder how many Singaporean staff are working in the newly-opened Terminal 4?

Singaporeans have the ultimate duty to ensure the continued survival of our stock by ensuring sufficient SDP MPs at the next GE to check and balance the current opaque system and rampant abuses of power where not much statistics are available and even the ones that are, are highly questionable and controversial in itself!

W L Sum

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