Home News Featured News PAP's Edward Chia, who is against S$1,300 minimum wage, draws flak over...

PAP’s Edward Chia, who is against S$1,300 minimum wage, draws flak over hiring ad

His company Timbre offers starting pay of S$2,000 plus insurance benefits




- Advertisement -

Singapore — People’s Action Party MP Edward Chia (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) has drawn much criticism online after his company put up a job ad that offered starting pay of S$2,000 with insurance benefits.

This after Mr Chia, the business owner of food-and-beverage chain Timbre, had during the Progressive Wage Model-minimum wage debate in Parliament last Thursday (Oct 15) with Workers’ Party leader Pritam Singh indicated clearly that he was against a minimum wage of S$1,300.

A minimum wage has been the subject of much debate in the country since the WP featured it as one of the key policy proposals in its manifesto for this year’s General Election.

Mr Chia had asked WP MPs if they recognised that there was a possibility low-wage workers may lose their jobs with technology being increasingly adopted by businesses.

- Advertisement -

Mr Singh, who is Leader of the Opposition, said that none of the WP MPs had made any remark about automation and, in turn, asked whether Mr Chia was willing to pay the country’s 32,000 low-wage workers S$1,300 a month.

“Is he prepared to do that? I hope he is,” Mr Singh had said.

Mr Chia had replied that a business owner’s responsibilities are to his entire company and not to the employees of a specific sector. That would include finding ways to be sustainable and to expand to provide more jobs for Singaporeans.

He had said: “A minimum wage may be more negative for a business. We need to look at it as a holistic approach, helping businesses upskill their employees, helping businesses grow their business.”

However, Timbre had a “We Are Hiring” ad only two days later in a Facebook post on Saturday (Oct 17). It said: “Calling out passionate Singaporeans and PRs who are looking to work in a dynamic environment. Various service & kitchen positions are available with starting pay of $2000 + insurance benefits.”

We Are Hiring!Calling out passionate Singaporeans and PRs who are looking to work in a dynamic environment. Various…

Posted by Timbre on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Many people online have taken issue with this, including street food guru KF Seetoh, multimedia reporter at The Drum media platform Shawn Lim and Ms Min Cheong, who was in the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) team that contested in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC in this year’s General Election.


Former SDP candidate to PAP’s Edward Chia, “You can still be profitable…while paying your employees $1300/month”

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

😊 – Rest of the word = Smiley and happy: 😊 – Singapore= Symbol of anarchy

  I just saw a news clip in the Today newspaper, which said that Mr Louise Ng, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC), was being investigated by the police for holding up a “smiley face”, encouraging...

Actor seen on Mediacorp’s Vasantham accused by budding artiste of wanting to sleep with him after “private show”

Update as of Mar 4:   In response to TISG’s queries, Selva said: “There have been troubling allegations surfacing recently. I simply wish to say, I did not send any inappropriate message via Facebook. I believe my account was hacked before this incident, which...

Mixed reactions to Shanmugam’s promise to install ‘many more’ police cameras across Singapore

Singapore—Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said in Parliament on Monday (March 1) that many more cameras will be installed in Singapore in addition to the 90,000 already located in public places such as car parks, neighbourhood centres and Housing...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg