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Lim Tean on labour: We estimate that 46 per cent of the workforce are non-Singaporeans

Opposition politicians agree that competitiveness in Singapore is seen from the perspective of business owners.




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Chair of new party People’s Voice, Lim Tean spoke about the influx of foreigners into Singapore’s workforce and called for more accountability and transparency in Singapore’s labour figures.

On Thursday evening, he wrote in a social media post, “It was reported in the State Media today that 36% of the workforce comprises of foreigners and 64% locals. But, of course locals comprise of both Singaporeans and PRs.”


He continued, “It is high time that the PAP government discloses how many of these 64% “locals” actually are PRs.”

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“We estimate that 46% of the workforce are non-Singaporeans (excluding new citizens),” Lim wrote.

Earlier in the day, he shared a post by former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian on the same topic.

Simple Truth From Tan Kin Lian

Posted by Lim Tean on Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Tan had questioned how Singapore could become the most competitive country in the world if ordinary people find it hard to make a living.

His answer: “Being the most competitive is seen from the perspective of the business owners. They can make a lot of profit by operating in Singapore.

“It is not the same as paying adequate wages to ordinary people. In fact, the businesses prefer to employ foreign workers that are willing to accept lower wages.

“The local workers are squeezed out and have to accept lower wages to compete with the foreign workers. The local workers have to struggle to make a living”.

Lim agreed with Tan’s sentiment and commented, “Simple Truth From Tan Kin Lian”./TISGFollow us on Social Media

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