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18 Jul 2021  (740 Views) 
Out of the box

A challenge to prove an opinion
The manpower minister Tan See Leng told Parliament that 500 people came into Singapore under the intra corporate transfer under CECA in 2020.

Mr X (who thinks that CECA benefits Singapore) used this figure to show that CECA was not responsible for loss of jobs by PMET.

I told Mr. X that other people could have come into Singapore under the CECA agreement through other means - i.e. not under corporate transfers. 

He asked me to provide figures to prove my assertion.

I replied to Mr. X - I do not have any intention to convince you to change your mind. You are free to hold on to your opinion.

Mr. X replied - Thank you. I will hold to my opinion.

That close the conversation.

Later, I found the reason for the anomaly - why the number of 500 was so low, when there are several hundred thousand employment pass holders in Singapore, of which 25% came under CECA. I will cover it in a separate post.

I find that some people form a strong opinion and challenge other opinion by asking the other person to prove his assertion. My reply is - you are free to hold your own opinion. I do not wish to convince you to change it.

Tan Kin Lian


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