Home News Featured News PSP calls out the Straits Times for "misleading interpretation" of ASG Francis...

PSP calls out the Straits Times for “misleading interpretation” of ASG Francis Yuen in wage debate

The party said that its assistant secretary-general did not "say or allude to PSP being against minimum wage"




- Advertisement -

The Progress Singapore Party has called out The Straits Times for misinterpreting and misquoting their Assistant Secretary General (ASG) Francis Yuen’s comments on minimum wage.

In a Straits Times online report on Thursday (Oct 22), an article was published on an online forum, organized by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on three political parties’ perspectives on minimum wage, gender equality and party leadership succession.

In it, they wrote: “Progress Singapore Party is also against the WP proposal.


- Advertisement -

Its assistant secretary-general, Mr Francis Yuen, said wages are just one part of overall business costs, and the key is to raise productivity and reduce over-reliance on foreign workers.

“It should not be a system where foreign workers are brought in because they are cheap, and, therefore, it’s expedient for a business to lower its cost based on the fact that they are much cheaper.””

In a statement today, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) said that The Straits Times had put out a “misleading interpretation” of what was said.

It added that their ASG Francis Yuen did not “say or allude to PSP being against minimum wage”.

A PSP spokesperson said: “We refer to Straits Times article on the IPS forum published this morning 23rd October 2010. In the report, our ASG Mr Yuen was quoted to be against WP’s proposal for minimum wage. This is not true and is a misleading interpretation of what was said. Our ASG did not say or allude to PSP being against minimum wage.

“The thrust of his comments is minimum wage will not drive up business cost as wages is not the only component that make up business costs. Furthermore, businesses should leverage on productivity to defray any increase in wages”, the spokesperson said.

According to PSP’s PowerPoint slides presented at the IPS forum, minimum living wage was listed as one of their beliefs.

“Although it is not exactly the same as minimum wage, the spirit of raising the level of low wages is the same. The slide is attached for your reference”, the spokesperson added.-/TISGFollow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Writer Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh outlines reasons for hope amid 4G succession crisis

Singapore—In a piece for new media outfit thehomeground.asia, writer Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh argues that there are “reasons” for hope in spite of the shock waves the country received last week over the PAP’s leadership succession. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced...

Ho Ching shares 7 posts by Chan Chun Sing in 15 minutes

Singapore – Temasek Holdings chief executive and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife Madam Ho Ching shared nine Facebook posts by Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chung Sing on Tuesday (April 13), seven of them within 15 minutes. Madam Ho, known to be...

Calvin Cheng cautions: “The PAP needs to remember how to be a political party”

Singapore -- Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng took to social media to say that the era of Lee Kuan Yew-style politics was over. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Apr 13), Mr Cheng wrote about politics in Singapore. “For half...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg