Thursday, May 11, 2006

Well, this is the govt YOU elected.

I am absolutely disgusted by this govt official's callous answer to the question on the impact of outsourcing on our local population.

Well dear Singaporeans, if one day you find yourselves being shipped out of Singapore to Batam and Johor for retirement, please remember one thing, YOU VOTED FOR IT on 6 May 2006.

Here is an excerpt of Gayle Goh's blog:

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bilahari Kausikan, visited my school for an N.E dialogue. He made an opening address which, though short, was concise and illuminating of typical Singaporean foreign policy, which is essentially as follows: screw humanity, there's no such thing as friendship in politics, there's only a convergence of interests. The world wouldn't be any different without Singapore in it, so we must strive to make ourselves extraordinary.

This was alright in and of itself, but that mentality started to come across more and more strongly as questions were asked. One student stood up during the question and answer session and asked about the impact of outsourcing on our local population. Though that wasn't an entirely relevant question to pose a man from the MFA, he had no qualms with answering it as follows:

"We have to be realistic. There is a limit to how much re-training we can do for some workers, so we have to look overseas. Look at my generation, more than half of them didn't even complete primary school education. What are we going to do? They are not going to conveniently die off..."

At this point, I was so flabbergasted I stopped listening to the rest of his answer. Perhaps he didn't think he had to watch his words very closely, as he was only speaking to a bunch of teachers and students. I don't even think many of them caught what he said. But his callous attitude was so typical of the government's seeming attitude towards the 'chaff' of our society. The fact that older workers stubbornly remaining alive had little to do with whether or not we should be protecting domestic jobs for our own workers (like that taxi driver's son, an electronic engineer) didn't seem to concern him. He just took his time wending down the garden path of why we should outsource jobs, and the fact that we had an aging population was just a by-the-way manner of illustrating his point. ...

7 Comments:

At 11:55 PM, May 12, 2006, Blogger Thrasymachus said...

Hey man....

Seems like I've got some problems entering your site as there seems to be a couple of add-ons on your site that slowed the access.

Anyway, thanks for your mails. I've been busy and catch up with you soon!

Side note: Permanent Secretaries are best described by one Minister, as blind efficiency. Or may I also add, blind scholars who feets are way above ground. =P


Cheers!
T

 
At 9:08 PM, May 13, 2006, Blogger at82 said...

Hi trasy:

I tot u disappear liao!

Yeah added alot of pics during the GE some access is a little slow now.

Anyway I pretty pissed with the perm sec remarks loh...

I dun care wat MM Lee says, but I am sure that neither me nor all other Singaporeans are just digits...

Efficiency is not everything.

 
At 4:19 PM, May 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By their own admission our government is having difficulty taking care of the interests of Singaporeans.

Maybe we should 'out-source' our MPs. Why give these incompetent people millions of dollars a year when we can get foreigners who are more capable for far cheaper rates? Hell. We don't even have to pay them CPF.




Perv

 
At 7:54 PM, May 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outsourcing basically is a "pig philosophy" because it gets rid of loyal staff, like civil servants, who have worked 10-25 yrs - not the useless scholars, many of whom earn 1/4 million dollars a year, doing absolutely nothing , but pushing govt propaganda. Do you know that a typical govt scholar can get abt 9 mths' salary in April as a "performance bonus" - meaning that he can get 9 mths salary every April, whilst the typical civil servant earning 1,500 dollars only gets 1/2 mth extra? That's why the budget for the civil servants have gone up so much - the govt indeed had a deficit this yr. Nobody knows this. Oh, by the way, most of the civil servants outsourced are minorities - the Chinese are relatively saf. So when Lee Hsien Loong said govt is fair, i wd like him to clarify. Civil servants voted for the first time for the opposition because of this pig philosophy. Many of them left the service because they were disgusted at the way they were treated by the scholars. Just ask anyone who has left - they all voted opposition ...

 
At 10:26 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger at82 said...

Hi perv:

Do u really want Foreigners to run YOUR country?

The solution is not to outsource MPs but to elect more capable MPs! ;-)


Hi anon 7:54 PM, May 19, 2006:

9 months of bonus!

This is ridiculous!

Are they trying to become Durai no. 2?

Thanks for sharing the info.

I know that the outsourcing trend had hit the normal civil servant for some time. My mom used to work in civil service she had since quitted but she still has friends inside.

Her friends were complaining that the depts are downsizing but there are more and more scholars. So a low ranking civil have to cope with increased workload while have to answer to more and more scholar bosses.

More and more work is piled on these normal civil servants in the attempt to make them quit so that the govt can save on the retrenchment benefits

The civil service is becoming a top-heavy organisation with weak legs.

A lot of civil servant are disgusted and rightly so.

Frankly, I do not see the need of so many scholars.

The scholarship sys is juz PAP's way of monopolising talents so that they won't join any opposition parties.

 
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