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19 May 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 54
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 - 27
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 - 89
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 - 325
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 - 39
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 - 6
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 - 186
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 - 207
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 - 140
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 - 299
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 - 89
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 - 10
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 - 115
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 - 132
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 - 228
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 - 427
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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13 Jan 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 124
Deal with the labor crunch

There is a labor crunch in Singapore. Some businesses are not able to find workers for certain jobs, while many older workers are unemployed. The manpower minister Josephine Teo and her predecessors are not able to find a solution to this imbalance in the labor market. The situation has got worse over the years.  The solution is, in my view, higher wages. The businesses should pay higher wages to attract the workers for the jobs that are shunned. ......



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12 Jan 2019
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 94
An alternative to SkillsFuture

There are a few cases of large scale fraud with SkillsFuture. This is the govt program that pays a large part of the course fee and a daily allowance for the unemployed attendees. There are good and bad aspects of this scheme. Some of the attendees found the courses to be useful for their careers. The quality of training provided by the institutions are good. There are also bad cases. Some participants attended courses that ......



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19 Dec 2018
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 0
Not all rosy with 5-day work week

When it was introduced in Singapore, the five-day work week brought a breath of fresh air to working Singaporeans who were previously struggling to find work-life balance. Employees contracted on a 5½-day work week also benefited when their employers jumped on the bandwagon and all but did away with the Saturday work day. Some employers let their workers work one Saturday a month. However, not all things are rosy as some employers hang on to the idea that their empl......



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08 Dec 2018
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 0
Children, not maids, the issue at private clubs

Let me play devil's advocate in the debate on maids at private clubs. Why was the maid even in the club? Was she there genuinely as a guest and enjoying an off-duty treat with the family, or was she there to care for a child? Has anyone even questioned why families with young children now do not go anywhere without a trailing maid? She remains on duty to feed and soothe the child, and change his nappy, while the employer's family enjoy their leisure, as if she is in......



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07 Dec 2018
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 1
Time for minimum wage pilot tests

The conversation on a minimum wage has been going on for too long and it is time to implement pilot tests to see if this model will work for our society ($15 okay for bowl of ramen, but not more than $3 for hawker food?; Dec 2). We have started with the progressive wage model in some industries, like cleaning and landscaping. We can perhaps roll this out to other sectors. Personally, I am not in favour of a minimum wage model as I believe that product......



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06 Dec 2018
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 0
Paying more doesn't solve income inequality

The panellists at Sunday's minimum wage roundtable said that Singaporeans should be prepared to pay more for things like hawker food and cleaning services to help lift low-wage workers' income ($15 okay for bowl of ramen, but not more than $3 for hawker food?; Dec 2). I beg to differ. In existing privately run food courts, the price of a meal is already far higher compared with a typical hawker centre dish, but that has not translated to better earnings for low-inco......



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05 Dec 2018
Ministry of Manpower
Suggestion View - 0
Rule barring maids in clubs can be changed

Quite a large proportion of households here employ maids, some even two. I know of homes where the maid has been with the family for more than 20 years. Needless to say, a strong bond has developed between the maid and the family. Mr Cheng Choon Fei said the barring of maids from private clubs is not about discrimination but, rather, about exclusivity (Barring maids at private clubs an issue of exclusivity; Dec 3). In such exclusive clubs, the by-laws......



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