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Returning Singaporean in his 50s, retrenched and frustrated with our inept labour law

Returning Singaporean in his 50s, retrenched and frustrated with our inept labour law

Dear Gilbert, I am a above-50-years-old unemployed PMET, spent 12 years of my life working overseas and recently came back to Singapore. In 2013, I was made redundant due to M&A and was laid [...]

Jobless homeless lady PMET living in $25/day hostel and feeling despondent

Jobless homeless lady PMET living in $25/day hostel and feeling despondent

Hi Gilbert, I got your contact info from Zarina, who said that you might be able to help me get a job and/or help me financially as well. I'm a freelance editor who's been out of work for a [...]

33-year-old returning Singaporean replaced by FT while working in a bar for $2800 for few months

33-year-old returning Singaporean replaced by FT while working in a bar for $2800 for few months

Dear Gilbert, This is the first time I am writing to you. I just got back from Vietnam in January and have been looking for a job in F&B line as I have been in this line for more than 12 [...]

Jobless father with masters degree requesting for financial assistance for sick baby girl requiring surgery

Jobless father with masters degree requesting for financial assistance for sick baby girl requiring surgery

Dear Gilbert, My name is Sam and perhaps you can remember me from our short meeting a few years ago. We had a discussion over a meal  when I was still the Head of Sales and Marketing in the [...]

Father resorts to crowdfunding for daughter’s debts of $69,000 owed to MOE for failing teaching course

Father resorts to crowdfunding for daughter’s debts of $69,000 owed to MOE for failing teaching course

Dear Friends, Our whole family was delighted that our second daughter got through the teaching interview. She was an exemplary student in school and her strongest characteristic is that, she does [...]

33-year-old local Indian with masters degree jobless for 6 months and applied for 500 job vacancies without avail

33-year-old local Indian with masters degree jobless for 6 months and applied for 500 job vacancies without avail

Transitioning: First of all, thanks for allowing us to interview you online and can you provide us with some background information about yourself? Bala: 33 year old Male -  born Singaporean. [...]

53-year-old suicidal jobless PMET recovered and starting afresh with a food store business after selling flat

53-year-old suicidal jobless PMET recovered and starting afresh with a food store business after selling flat

Hi Gilbert, Happy Chinese New Year! I am a supporter and admirer of your work.  I call you my Band of Botak Brothers - Gilbert, M Ravi and Wijeysingha.  Keep up the good work! I have lost [...]

Singaporean Indian working in India faces difficulties relocating back to Singapore

Singaporean Indian working in India faces difficulties relocating back to Singapore

Greetings Gilbert I am a Singaporean based in India for the last 17 years. My parents are old and I want to return to Singapore to take care of my aged parents, but have been unsuccessful in [...]

Muslim suicidal mother of two struggling with husband’s debts and feeling helpless

Muslim suicidal mother of two struggling with husband’s debts and feeling helpless

Hello Gilbert I hope you are well. I came across your FB posting on the man who attempted to jump at Bedok Blk 16. I decided to write to you, knowing the situation I went through recently and [...]

Fresh NUS degree holder in psychology requesting for career coaching

Fresh NUS degree holder in psychology requesting for career coaching

Hi Gilbert, I am a NUS degree holder in Psychology. I wish to enter into the counselling field or career counselling field with no avail. so now i can only accept an admin job that comes by. I [...]

Jobless 41-year-old diploma holder facing challenges in the job market due to contract work conditions

Jobless 41-year-old diploma holder facing challenges in the job market due to contract work conditions

Dear Mr Gilbert Thank you for taking time to read my email. I am 41 years old and completed my Diploma in Business Administration at Singapore Polytechnic in 2012. I have been doing [...]

38-year-old married engineer caught in a sandwiched generation and stucked in career progression

38-year-old married engineer caught in a sandwiched generation and stucked in career progression

Hi Gilbert, I'm working in ABC company as a Test Engineer for about 10 years but I'm more like a junior manager handling the test account without much experience in programming. Generally my [...]

Jobless permanent resident homeless after wife filed PPO against him and need to pay $2000/month maintenance

Jobless permanent resident homeless after wife filed PPO against him and need to pay $2000/month maintenance

Hi Gilbert, I am a father of 2 kids,  40 years old and I have been going through a bad marriage for the last 6 -7 years. Recently my wife got a PPO against me. I didn't commit any violence, [...]

38-year-old ex-civil servant used to earn $8500 now works in Cambodia for half the salary

38-year-old ex-civil servant used to earn $8500 now works in Cambodia for half the salary

Transitioning: First of all, thanks for allowing us to interview you online and can you provide us with some background information on yourself? Linus: I am a 38-year-old Singaporean, currently [...]

Citizen complains to DPM Teo Chee Hean About Misgivings at NEA

Citizen complains to DPM Teo Chee Hean About Misgivings at NEA

From: Eddie tan <eddtan62@gmail.com> Date: 24 October 2014 3:31:14 pm SGT To: AGC@agc.gov.sg Cc: Teo_Chee_Hean@mha.gov.sg, Ronnie_Tay@nea.gov.sg Subject: Verbal Warning Not [...]

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