What does cracking down on illegals has to do with Singaporean workers?!?From ST:
Oct 31, 2005
Govt to crack down on illegals but S'poreans must do the jobs.
By Ken Kwek
THE Government will do its best to discourage an over-reliance on foreign workers, including cracking down on employers who hire illegal ones.
It will also enhance the value of jobs considered 'unglamorous', provided Singaporeans are willing to change their mindsets and take up such positions.
This was the message from Mr Raymond Lim, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, and Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Education and Manpower), at a dialogue with more than 300 Nee Soon residents yesterday.
Nee Soon MP Ong Ah Heng and Mr Sin Boon Ann, an MP for Tampines GRC, were also on the panel fielding questions from residents after a three-hour visit to the constituency by Mr Lim.
Concern about the employment situation in Singapore dominated the discussion, with five out of over 12 questions raised touching on this.
Mr Jonathan Lim, a member of Yishun Central Residents Committee, said: 'I went to a restaurant recently where most of the waiters were from Malaysia or China. Why don't employers hire more Singaporeans?'
Panelist Oh Cheng San, chairman of Nee Soon Citizens Consultative Committee who owns a restaurant, gave the employers' point of view. He said in Mandarin: 'It's become harder to employ Singaporeans because many are unwilling to work at the weekend, which is a critical requirement in the services industry.'
For their part, Singaporeans should not be afraid of 'getting their hands a little dirty', said minister Mr Lim, who is also Second Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs.
'No matter what level you start at, you have to get some experience at the front line, because only then will you know what customers want and how services can be improved,' he said.
He added that the Government was looking at ways to create a scale of progression in the services sector.
A national skills certification initiative to boost training in the services sector was announced last week.
'For graduates, you'll have a different entry level, perhaps start at trainee level. But the idea is that, wherever you begin, there's a scale of progression. For a waiter, you can rise to captain and maybe even start your own restaurant some day,' he said.
On helping older and less qualified workers, Mr Hawazi said that both employers and workers had a part to play to boost the job prospects of Singaporeans.
He cited the cleaning industry, in which many companies were illegally hiring Bangladeshi workers in excess of the 30 per cent quota on foreign cleaners.
'The Government will take action against such companies. But, at the same time, Singaporeans must learn to do jobs that they previously shunned or considered unglamorous,' he said.
Mr Lim also said the Government would come up with incentives to discourage employers from discriminating against older and less educated workers.
Isn’t cracking down on illegals the job of our police force? What does it has to do with Singaporean workers?!?
If only our police force can do its job properly, companies that used to hire illegal foreign workers will have no choice but to replace them with Singaporean workers. There will be no shortage of takers for these jobs if these companies are willing to pay decent wages.
All our police force has to do is to discharge their duties efficiently and diligently and the labour market will do the rest. GET IT?