Jobs Bank deserves Academy Award for Wayang!

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Jobs Bank is the longest running show in town lah! 

I refer to the article “About 350 firms are on watchlist for unfair hiring policies: Manpower Minister” (Channel NewsAsia, Aug 6).

It states that “About 350 companies are on the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) watchlist for discriminatory hiring practices, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo in Parliament on Monday (Aug 6).

“Firms on the FCF watchlist will have their Employment Pass applications scrutinised and consequently experience longer processing times,” Mrs Teo said.

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) engages such firms to offer assistance to improve their hiring practices.

To date, more than 2,000 Singaporean professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) have been hired by firms on the FCF watchlist.

Mrs Teo also responded to Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Tay on why the watchlist has not shrunk or expanded despite the widening of FCF requirements introduced at the Committee of Supply debate.

“The number of companies on the watchlist is largely stable. We continue to work with each one of them to improve their hiring practices. As and when we are told of companies that have practices that are suspected to be discriminatory, TAFEP will engage the companies,” Mrs Teo said.

“The number that we work with is not a fixed target but it does give an indication of the intensity of effort that we are applying,” she added.

Nominated MP K Thanaletchmi asked if firms on FCF watchlist are still eligible for Government funding such as the Adapt & Grow scheme.

“Whilst these firms may be on the watchlist – and we’re working with them to improve their hiring practices – in the meantime, they are also still employers of Singaporeans. We don’t want to unfairly penalise their Singapore employees whilst they’re going through this process,” Mrs Teo explained.

“If the schemes can benefit our citizens, I don’t see why we should prevent them from doing so,” she added.”

My friends said “aiyah, this wayang kulit every year same same one!

The most important thing never tell you – how many of the jobs posted go to Sinkies and how many to foreigners?

This one lagi best – for companies put on watchlist – what is the penalty? – “Employment Pass applications scrutinised and consequently experience longer processing times’!

So, only take longer, but still can get foreigners what!

How long is longer – 1 week, 1 month, 1 year? – really talking cock lah!

And then “TAFEP engages such firms to offer assistance to improve their hiring practices” – aiyah, engage means what? assist means what? improve means what?

In the end – still can hire foreigners what!

Wah so good hor! – 2,000 Sinkies PMETs hired by watchlist firms hor!

This one like ownself shoot ownself – pekjia lobang lah – since can tell how many Sinkies hired by watchlist firms – why cannot tell all together how many Sinkies hired by all the firms – and also how many foreigners hired lah!

This one really quite funny – no. of watchlist firms stable hor! – means everytime 1 firm improve, another bad 1 take over is it?

Oh this 1 deserves “funniest” academy award for acting (wayang) – “As and when we are told of companies that have practices that are suspected to be discriminatory, TAFEP will engage the companies” – so means what? Just sit there and wait for complaints to come, then engage!

This type of standard – if work in private sector – sure kenna sack long ago already!

This one gets the super wayang award – cannot penalise the company because “We don’t want to unfairly penalise their Singapore employees” – what school all these people who talk like this come from ha?

“If the schemes can benefit our citizens, I don’t see why we should prevent them (companies) from doing so” – all the companies’ toes must be laughing – this cheng hu very good one – put on watchlist but no penalty one!

Everything still can do – as per normal – like nothing happen lah!

Uniquely Singapore lah!”

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

 

 

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Leong
Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.