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26 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Reply View - 6
Income growth has been broad-based for several years

Forum contributor Isaac Neo Yi Chong was mistaken in asserting middle-class incomes had stagnated in Singapore and that the real wages of the lower income had declined (Growing pie does not mean bigger slices for all, June 22). Income growth in Singapore has been broad-based for several years, including the last decade. Real incomes in the bottom 20 per cent of resident employed households grew by 3.1 per cent per annum on average over ......



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26 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Reply View - 1
Measures in place to ensure compliance with foreign worker documents requirement

We agree with Mr George Pasqual that foreign workers should be provided with in-principle approval (IPA) letters by their employers prior to departure for Singapore (Stricter oversight on foreign worker documents needed, June 19). This is why the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has instituted a stern, maximum financial penalty of $10,000 on errant employers who fail to comply with this. Also, they are barred them from employing foreign workers in future.b......



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19 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 10
Stricter oversight on foreign worker documents needed

It was reported that about 15 per cent of non-Malaysian work permit holders in a recent survey said they did not receive their in-principle approval (IPA) letter before taking up employment in Singapore (More foreign workers unsure of pay on arrival, June 10). This situation is untenable. An IPA contains the terms and conditions of a worker's employment, including his basic salary. Under the law, employers are required to mail the IPA t......



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17 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 34
Bring down unreasonable recruitment fees charged to maids

Foreign domestic workers such as "Sharon" (Loan from remittance firm traps maid in web of debt, June 12) do need protection against getting into a position where they are saddled with such high interest that they find it difficult, if not impossible, to repay the loan. Sharon's situation, as described, highlights a basic problem that encourages some domestic workers to seek loans, on whatever terms they can obtain - that is, the recruitment cost that ......



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15 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 3
Help erase discrimination against private uni grads

It is an open secret that graduates from private universities have a lower rate of securing full-time jobs in Singapore and that they draw a lower starting pay compared with graduates from public universities. It doesn't help that in the civil service and statutory boards, priority is given to graduates from the top universities in the world or from local public universities. What is worse is that there is perceived bias even in the emp......



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13 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Feedback View - 129
Unclear situation on CPF contribution

This is a shocking state of affairs. It reflects a low quality of the people in charge, up to the manpower minister. Read the finding of this court of appeal. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/high-court-rejects-cpf-boards-bid-for-417k-in-alleged-arrears-acquits-country......



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05 Jun 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Feedback View - 3
Part-timers' rights protected too

We thank Ms Huan Ai Min for her letter in which she asked for greater protection for part-time workers, especially students who take up part-time jobs during school holidays (Rights of part-time workers, May 24). Statutory benefits like paid annual leave, sick leave and public holidays apply to all employees, regardless of whether the employees are on full-time, part-time or hourly-rated employment. Furthermore, if an employee is requir......



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19 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 114
Reduce youth unemployment

The best way to reduce youth unemployment is to create more jobs. More jobs can be created by reducing the working hours. If the working hours is reduced by 10%, there will be a need for 10% more workers.  However, it may be possible that the current deployment is inefficient, so a reduction in working hours will be partially met by removing the slack in the current workforce.  Nevertheless, there should still b......



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18 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 29
Send strong message to errant maid agencies

That employers of foreign domestic workers are often left helpless with little to no recourse is true, and I strongly agree with Mr Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan (Protect interests of maid employers too, May 14). I, too, have gone through many rounds of the hiring process and have experienced maids who lied about their age or did not have the experience that they claimed to have had. When I questioned them about the deception, they said they w......



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16 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 111
Jobs for Singaporeans

Someone said that the govt prefers to have foreign workers to be employed, rather than locals. I asked him to explain his remark.  He said that the govt receives a levy of between $300 to $950 a month for each foreign worker that is employed on a work permit or S-pass.  They do not get this levy for a local worker.  The employer pays the wages of the foreign worker and the levy. The employer wants to contro......



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13 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 43
Relook foreign worker policy for F&B

I read with dismay that the Hock Lam Beef chain is set to close, citing manpower constraints facing the food and beverage (F&B) sector (108-year-old beef noodle chain to close down, May 5). These appear to be due to the Government's tightened foreign worker policy, in reaction to the electoral ba......



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10 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 348
Retrenchment in a German company

A German told me. He worked as an engineer in a German company for more than 20 years.  The company had to retrench some of its staff due to unprofitability caused by globalization.  He was retrenched. How was he selected? As he was not married, it was easier for him to adjust to the retrenchment. Those workers with family commitments were retained. This is an excellent employment practice.  br......



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06 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Feedback View - 40
Take more proactive approach to curb misuse of addresses

It is important to take a proactive approach to solving the problem of misuse of addresses by foreign workers instead of just reacting when cases surface (Misuse of condo residents' addresses sparks concern, May 3). What is the root of the problem ? I checked my address using the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Foreign Worker Tenant Enquiry Service last week and found one falsely registered tenant. So I followed the steps provided and remo......



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30 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 3
Retirement age needed for renewal

I do not agree that the retirement age has anything to do with demographic trends. The prosperity and progress of a country depend on the wisdom of the government (Civil service needs to lead mindset change about retirement age, by Seah Yam Meng, April 25). Professor Sumit Agarwal did not get his facts right by saying there was no retirement age in America. The official retirement age in the US is 62 and full retirement age is 67. Its unemployment rat......



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29 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 7
Deliverymen should be identifiable

I have observed many deliverymen who, when going on their rounds, cover their faces with handkerchiefs so that only their eyes can be seen (Food delivery firms need to keep tight rein on deliverymen, April 24). I am concerned that if they are involved in an accident, particularly in a hit-and-run case, it would be easier for them to scoot off without being identified. This would reduce the chances of facial recognition software or cameras being able t......



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29 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 7
Responsibility lies with employer if maid's insurance cover is inadequate

The medical issues involving Indonesian domestic helper Ani Sumarni and her employer, Mr Saw, are sad and highlight the problems that occur when medical bills exceed the insurance coverage arranged (Insurance coverage for maids too low: Agents, NGOs, April 20). HealthServe's letter proposed several potential solutions to such problems, and I agree that unless insurance companies provide unlimited medical expenses coverage, which they are unlikely to d......



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14 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 189
Is lifelong learning the solution?

The govt leaders say that the solution to keep older people employed is lifelong learning. Is it? I heard stories of older people who attend skill upgrading courses but found that they cannot get jobs after the training. Some said that the knowledge are useful to them - but they are still not able to get jobs. What is a better approach? Let m......



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12 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 50
Recognise older workers' ability to contribute

Singapore's population is ageing rapidly. By 2030, the ratio of working age citizens to those past the regular working age is expected to fall to around 2.4. This is especially worrying as Singapore's main resource is human capital. With fewer people working, there will be a shortage of qualified workers, resulting in declining productivity, an increase in labour costs and reduced international competitiveness. One way to ease the probl......



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10 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 214
Allow members to take out their CPF at 55

I wish to add my call to allow members to take out their CPF at age 55. Here are my reasons: a) By age 55, they would have worked for 30 years or longer. It is a long time to lock up the savings. They should be allowed to take out the savings and use it according to their personal needs. b) CPF can offer attractive schemes to encourage the members to re-invest their savings with CPF for 3 or 5 years at an attractive rate ......



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10 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 146
Bus driver from PRC

I spoke to a bus driver from PRC. He has been working in Singapore for 8 years. His family stays in China. Why can't we pay better wages to bus drivers so that the job can be taken up by locals and is sufficient for them to raise a family here? By keeping wages low, we may be reducing bus fares, but why is our cost of living still among the highest in the world? If we want to employ bus drivers from other countries, can w......



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03 Apr 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Feedback View - 303
A tricky payslip

I used to work as a dishwasher for a Japanese noodle restaurant here . On the third day of my work I was given instant dismissal for no rhyme or reason.   I was paid for work done but what made me suspicious is the format and content of the payslip.   As someone who had been in trade unionism in both New Zealand and Singapore my instinct tells me that there is something hanky panky with the payslip system of this listed company.......



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27 Mar 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 113
Skill Future Credit

Dear Mr. Tan The government allocated $500 skill future credit to every citizen, where does this money go to went a citizen passed away? I suggest the govt should give the option to much older senior (sick) for skill future credit, e.g credit to medisave instead. Many seniors citizen will not use it as it too troublesome for them and some may due to illness.br data-text="true" /......



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16 Mar 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 3
Implement behavioural safety programme in workplaces

Recently, I read in the 2018 Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) report released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) that the top three causes of workplace major injuries were slips, trips and falls, machinery incidents and falls from a height. I can't help but wonder if many of these accidents could be attributed to unsafe behaviours of workers in their workplace. It is important that we cultivate safety-conscious behaviour in our workers ......



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13 Mar 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 4
Extend paternity leave

Recent suggestions in Parliament about extending childcare leave and introducing more family-centric policies struck a chord with me. As a young father, I am actively involved in the care and upbringing of my infant son - whether it's reading and playing with him, changing his diapers, or taking him to and from daycare. However, there seems to be a disconnect in government policy between what young fathers in Singapore experience, and w......



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07 Mar 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Feedback View - 11
Foreign worker quota cut a double-edged sword

It was announced at this year's Budget that the foreign worker quotas will be cut for the service sector in a bid to ensure good jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans (Foreign worker quotas cut to protect S'poreans' jobs, says Chee Hong Tat, Feb 27). On the other side of the coin, however, Singaporeans may be overprotected by this change. Competitiveness is important for sustainability, and I have found that foreign workers are more c......



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05 Mar 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Feedback View - 7
Be judicious in foreign worker quota cuts

The recently announced move to cut the foreign workers quota is aimed at reducing the reliance on foreign manpower (Foreign worker quotas cut to protect S'poreans' jobs, says Chee Hong Tat, Feb 27). However, despite such intentions, we should see if it is truly practical for all sectors. While we want to see more efficient use of labour resources, some sectors do need people. Yes, we should look to automation and technolo......



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13 Feb 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 133
MOM should create loan registry for maids

I completely disagree that foreign domestic workers (FDWs) do not need to seek employers' permission before taking loans (Maids may turn to loan sharks if they need boss' nod; Nov 20, 2018). In the last six months, I have discovered that my maid and my mother's maid took out various loans from authorised moneylenders, as letters demanding payment were sent to our respective home addresses. We have since terminated the services of my mot......



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08 Feb 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 152
Improve the grants scene in Singapore

The two cheating cases - a senior executive duping Spring Singapore and the SkillsFuture scam - sum up the dismal state of the grants landscape in Singapore (8 more charged in $40 million SkillsFuture fraud case, Jan 12; and Spring S'pore exec admits to duping agency of $155,000, Feb 1). In rolling out a series of programmes and grants designed to help Singaporeans upskill and local businesses strengthen their capabilities, the Government has unfortun......



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03 Feb 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 241
CPF contribution rate for older workers

The CPF contribution rate for workers 55 years and below is 37%. The worker contribute 20% and the employer 17%.  For older workers, the contribution rate dropped to 26% (between 55 to 60), 16.5% (between 60 to 65) and 12.5% (above 65%). The reduction applies to employers and workers.  This table shows the a href="https://www.cpf.gov.sg/Employers/EmployerGuides/employer-guides/paying-cpf-contributions/cpf-contribution-and-all......



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27 Jan 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 454
Allow partial withdrawal of CPF based on financial need

A man aged 62 and unemployed approached me. He has savings in the Central Provident Fund with interest of $5,000 accrued each year. He wanted to withdraw the interest earning to meet his daily expenses but CPF does not allow it. He asked me to raise this matter to the govt. I want to raise a broader issue. It is not just the interest that needs to be withdrawn. In some cases, the member may need to draw out the savings as well. There wi......



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