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Tan See Leng dodges query on details of 4,900 rise in 2023 resident employment

Manpower Minister again declined to disclose specifics about the 4,900 increase in resident employment in 2023. NCMP Leong pressed for figures on non-residents transitioning to residents and queried the absence of this data in labour market reports.

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SINGAPORE: Manpower Minister Dr Tan See Leng has again refused to address the figures on the increase of 4,900 in resident employment in 2023, specifically of the composition of non-Singaporean citizens.

Leong Mun Wai, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from Progress Singapore Party, filed a question to press the MOM Minister for figures regarding the increase of 4,900 in resident employment in 2023, specifically inquiring about the percentage of this increase attributed to non-residents becoming residents in Singapore.

Additionally, Leong questioned why this data is not collected in the annual labour market reports.

However, Dr Tan declined to respond, recalling previous parliamentary debates on the topic.

In a written reply to Mr Leong’s PQ, Dr Tan deemed this line of questioning unproductive and “undermines social cohesion in Singapore.”

Dr Tan clarified that MOM does not collect data on the net change in resident employment based on workers’ prior residency status in their labour market surveys.

“Net employment change is derived from Central Provident Fund (CPF) administrative data which does not collect information on prior residency status.”

Instead, he suggested Mr Leong refer to the MOM statistics webpage for a more holistic understanding of labour market outcomes for residents, including employment rate, unemployment rate and wage growth.

The job statistics report released by the Ministry of Manpower in March shows that 94.5% of 2023’s employment growth, comprising 88,400 positions in Singapore (excluding migrant domestic workers), came from non-resident workers.

The remaining 4,900 resident employment growth account for both Singaporean Citizens and non-Singaporean Permanent Residents without the breakdown.

In April, Tan See Leng evades question on Singapore citizens employed in new jobs for 2023

In a previous Parliamentary exchange last April, Minister Tan was pressed by both Workers’ Party MP Gerald Giam and NCMP Leong on the employment of Singaporean citizens in 2023.

In response, he did not answer directly regarding the requested figures, but instead said, “Singapore must not view residents and foreigners as a ‘zero-sum game’ and continue to draw divides,”  underlining the necessity of foreign talent for enhancing job opportunities and wages for locals.

This statement was in direct response to concerns raised by Mr Giam about ensuring that the majority of new jobs in 2024 are secured by citizens and residents, especially given the previous year’s trend where non-residents accounted for the bulk of employment growth.

Addressing the Member of Parliament for Aljunied’s apprehensions, Dr Tan countered, “seems to be under the misconception that a net increase in foreign employment means that jobs are not going to Singaporeans,” labeling this view as “fundamentally misguided”.

He elaborated, “Thriving businesses with access to complementary foreign talent will not only lead to more job creation but also improve overall wage outcomes as businesses expand and improve their productivity.”

In his response to Mr Giam’s questions, Dr Tan also revealed that about 18,700, or 22.4%, were from higher-skilled Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass holders.

He added that the remaining increase of 64,800, accounting for more than 77%, was due to an increase in the number of holders of work permits and other work passes in sectors such as construction, which he states are not typically the type of jobs that Singaporeans want to do.

Dr Tan further defended the government’s stance by highlighting the growth in resident professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (PMETs) by 380,000 between 2013 and 2023, in contrast to a smaller increase of 50,000 EP and S Pass holders.

This, he argued, demonstrates the commitment to balancing the need for foreign skills with the development of local talent.

Dr Tan emphasised necessity of access to diverse workforce for economic growth

Mr Giam then asked for the figures, which the Manpower Minister did not answer: “What is the percentage of the 4,900 that goes to Singaporeans?”

Mr Giam asked, “Is the minister concerned that these government expenditures appear to be disproportionately benefiting MNCs and foreign workers, in particular, foreign professionals, over Singaporean workers?”

Reiterating his points and avoiding Mr Giam’s direct question on the figures for Singaporean workers, Dr Tan stated that as the economy grows, access to a workforce is essential.

“They need access to workers. They need access to foreign talent. They need access to local talent. ”

“Now, in a situation where our labour market is so tight, how do we ensure that our startups, our SMEs, our large local enterprises, and the MNCs who make significant FDIs in Singapore continue to grow and tap into and leverage the ecosystem, especially when we are already at close to full employment?”

NCMP Leong then raised concerns about g the need for job statistics to distinguish between Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs). He emphasized the lack of transparency regarding changes in resident unemployment.

However, In response, Minister Tan interpreted Leong’s remarks as an attempt to revive the dichotomy between “Singapore citizens vs PRs”, characterizing it as an “us versus them” scenario.

Dr Tan reiterated that he had already addressed the essence of Gerald Giam’s question. He ended the debate by suggesting Mr Leong to file another PQ for the matter.

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Just another Failure million$ minister appointed by the Kayu Son. Enters the No Blaming Culture phase, before a new minister is “rotated” in MOM.

For being a relatively new ministir,this GUY LEARN FAST – he has mastered the “sotong tactics” of squirting ink & and vamoosing!!!!

Wow, I feel so honored my unemployment statistic is a state secret that cannot be revealed like Ho Ching salary.

I­ g­e­t­ p­a­i­d­ o­v­e­r­ $220 p­e­r­ h­o­u­r­ w­o­r­k­i­n­g­ f­r­o­m­ h­o­m­e­ w­i­t­h­ 2 k­i­d­s­ a­t­ h­o­m­e­. i­ n­e­v­e­r­ t­h­o­u­g­h­t­ i­’d­ b­e­ a­b­l­e­ t­o­ d­o­ i­t­ b­u­t­ m­y­ b­e­s­t­ f­r­i­e­n­d­ e­a­r­n­s­ o­v­e­r­ 15k­ a­ m­o­n­t­h­ d­o­i­n­g­ t­h­i­s­ a­n­d­ s­h­e­ c­o­n­v­i­n­c­e­d­ m­e­ t­o­ t­r­y­. t­h­e­ p­o­t­e­n­t­i­a­l­ w­i­t­h­ t­h­i­s­ i­s­ e­n­d­l­e­s­s­… 

More infor… 𝐖𝐰𝐰.𝐏𝐚𝐲𝐬𝟕𝟕.𝐜𝐨𝐦

The more you dodge the more we know you do not have Singaporeans back.

Not say I want to predict. But this election PAP will again win lah….see how hopeless you local fucks are!
And they already DIE DIE WANT THAT NG CHEE BYE…ERRR…..I MEAN NG CHEE MENG TO USE BACK DOOR TO COME IN…
I SAY THEY WOULD MAKE HIM TAKE OVER THE MOM Minister portfolio!
Good luck to you local fucktards!!😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣😆😆😆

This is the minister who imposed a minimum $500 earning per month before the individual can be eligible for Workfare.

Why he needed to do that is beyond comprehension. It is affecting those who probably can work only a few hours per month for various reasons and can’t meet the criteria.

This is GOOD FOR YOU (pineapple lovers) :
1) Increase GST
2) Increase PUB utilities
3) Increase COE, ERP
4) Increase Food Prices
5) Increase Housing prices
6) Increase Cost of Living
7) Increase Transport fares
8) Increase Hospital and Medical costs
9) Increase Foreigners intake, increase job losses
10) Increase Prices on Chicken, Eat Fish
11) Increase in Ageing population, collect carton boxes, a good form of
exercise. 
12) Failed 2 Child Policy
13) $1000 salary can afford HDB
We need solutions not price increase!!!! What do you think?

Anything that’ll put this regime in a bad light, … will either be POFMA~ed, evaded and/or dodged at all costs !!!

They haven’t been in power for nearly seven decades, … not to know the importance of always portraying themselves and their governance cum policies, … in the bestest and most positive frame, even if it meant having a longer nose or twitching eye !!!

Never ever had MOM presented for SG voters to see absolute Singaporean employment and enumeration data Instead,MOM continue to be evasive and non transparent by giving absurd reasoning to justify their rather ridiculous non action.That will inevitably give SG voters every reason to believe that MOM have something really bad to hide.Let’s see how many more GRCs Pappies will loose in the coming GE.

ForeSEE Marine Parade GRC will go to the opposition in the next election.

Replacement theory in action … The old and used are Left 4 Dead. Just like the game they created for their agenda. Dare to admit?!?

Easy to explain…
Recently 4900 were converted to PR.
Did he has the courage?
Most probably NO

Read on another news site…
SG is now 4th wealthiest country in the world !
So expect more n more aliens making a beeline here for jobs..homes..entertertainment .
Theyre under the impression that our roads are paved with gold.
But majority living on gov handouts and live in public housing.
Our little country is too full oredy!

All politicians are liars….

How ON EARTH has this LIAR so much to hide?

Who gave him instructions TO CONCEAL FACTS?

How on earth HE HAS THE GUTS to NOT ANSWER simple factual questions?

Why is IT the PAP Administration LIARS FOCUS so much ON DECEITS, LIES, DISHONESTY?

You local fuck voters would NOT get any answers from Fuxker Tan till HE IS VOTED OUT!
And even if fucker Tan IS VOTED OUT ANOTHER PAP FUCK WOULD REPLACE HIM
SO THE SOLUTION IS TO VOTE PAP OUT!
And if Tan GETS IN AGAIN AT MARINE PARADE THIS ROUND….YOU LOCAL FUCKS ARE….DEAD…DEAD IF AS THOUGH YOU LOCAL FUCKS ARE NOT ALREADY….DEAD!😆😆😆

Last edited 12 days ago by kenny

This fucking liar is also an expert at tai chi. Camouflage master always avoiding the detailed question. Why the PAP full of liars? They don’t keep records of this and that but the moment someone call their BS, they have detailed records to pursue their vendetta.
Hopefully King Yan visit him soon.

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