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Saturday March 16th 2019

Malaysian PMET retrenched after working for 20 years without severance pay

Hi Gilbert

Thanks for accepting. I read many of your posting about PMET losing their jobs in Singapore. I am not local but I have been a PR for many years in Singapore. With my kids being born here, I treat Singapore more like a home now.

Two years ago, a well know multi-national company retrenched me under the reason of role redundancy. They hired a commercial zone director and base him in Malaysia office, and retrenched me without a single cent of severance package. I have been with the company for almost 2 decades, and held a role of Operation Manager for the final 5 years with them. Both operations were doing well and the company was profitable. I was not the only person affected.

Two other Singaporean were retrenched under the same manner, with zero compensation. To us, the retrenchment was clearly political rather than fair. I contacted MOM, and all I had was a sorry email and explanation that retrenchment benefit was solely at the discretion of employer. Clearly this policy is outdated and unfair to all PMETs, but favour the business of course.

I also went to seek help from MP, and when I spoke to those young men who interviewed me, I could now understand the anger most Singaporeans had with their MPs – that session is a complete waste of time.

I later sent a lawyer letter to my ex-company, they engaged an even bigger lawyer firm D&N to threaten me. In the end, my lawyer advised me to let it go. After 6 months, I finally managed to get a contractual job from overseas. Pay is of course much lower but I am grateful. At the age coming to 50 with 3 family members to feed, being a sole breadwinner, I hope you can understand my anxiety and rage when this case happened to me 2 years ago.

That’s why I could relate to those who lost their jobs and the government policy was nowhere to protect them. Sometime I wonder what are all the income taxes and CPF for, when the nation is not even there to protect the PMETs?


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One Response to “Malaysian PMET retrenched after working for 20 years without severance pay”

  1. Share company name says:

    Please share name of these companies.
    When you share, we will avoid employment with them, making them difficult to acquire talents.
    These companies like put most of their headcount in cheap countries, while using Singapore for it infrastructures.

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