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Singapore GE2020! Polling day on Friday, 10 July 2020.

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PSP’s Francis Yuen questioned PAP’s Vivian Balakrishnan on what kinds of jobs are they creating for the new 100,000 jobs creation plan. Do you think they're short-term jobs like temperature screeners?
Billy Ko
Billy Ko, Analyst at ClubMed
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered 3d ago
Hi! Pertaining to the 100,000 jobs creation plan in question, I believe 1/5 is contributed by the SGUnited Traineeship Programme where employers are able to hire apprentices / trainees for a period of 12 months (of which, 80% of their traineeship allowance will be subsidised) You could find more information here -- https://www.wsg.gov.sg/SGUnitedTraineeships-HostCompanies.html On the short-term jobs, I don't believe that contributes to the 100,000 jobs being planned for. If it does, then perhaps the vision of the government might be slightly myopic. I reckon the short-term jobs being seen as stints to help people who require additional income to tide themselves over this period of time. Here's the actual outline of the 100,000 jobs https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-2bn-package-to-create-40000-jobs-25000-traineeships-and-30000-skills-training "He (Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat) told Parliament in his speech on the fourth budget this year that the support, dubbed the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package, would include 40,000 jobs, 25,000 traineeships and 30,000 skills training opportunities."
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Min. Balakrishnan asked WP’s Jamus how WP would pay for its programmes. Jamus said differences btw PAP & WP lie on where these trade-offs should occur. So where and who will bear these trade-offs?
PAP believe that consumer should bear the costs (GST tax on consumption) People who spend little will be taxed less than people who spend more. WP believe that rich and high income should bear the costs. As long as the middle income has the the naive optimism that they will one day earn more (high income) or be rich (wealth), income tax and wealth tax will unlikely go up by a lot.
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I was late to the party for the TV debate between PAP, WP, PSP and SDP but why is it that PAP had 4.5min to conclude while each of the opposing party only had 1.5min each?
DC
d c
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 3d ago
Hello! If I recall correctly, it is because WP, PSP and SDP all only had to rebut PAP. However, PAP has to refute WP, PSP and SDP. Hence, PAP has thrice the amount of time to conclude since there are 3 parties to rebut.
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What do you think about WP chief Pritam Singh saying that there is room for fair comment on population numbers?
Billy Ko
Billy Ko, Analyst at ClubMed
Level 7. Grand Master
Updated 4d ago
I think the more appropriate question to ask here is "How does PAP determine PR quotas / EPs and SPs?" Not everyone who applies for PR would be conferred one hence I feel getting them to reveal the algorithm would be enlightening. Or instead, I'd manage the foreigner's population based on a % of the working force i.e. foreigners 25% of working force (EPs-5% SPs-5% work permits - 15%). This will ensure that the given number of foreigners at any one point of time is controlled. I doubt there is a fixed number in terms of 'population number'. Its like a bank account, when you work (akin to generating the economy) you earn money. No one can guess how much their accounts would be after 10 years, but one thing people do know is that their money will grow. In order to keep the economy going, I would say the population has to be refreshed (especially given the constant decline in terms of birth rate) and with that, growth. It's always a matter of balance where on one hand, some citizens mention the lack of amenities but on another, if amenities are built without demand, it'd be a white elephant and not fully justify the purpose it was supposed to serve in the first place. The effect of the inbalance of population, specifically the younger generation due to declining birth rates can already be seen from ther merging of schools. Imagine what would happen if population were to decline? Reduced frequency for public transport services? Reduced food establishments? Hence, as aforementioned, a balance between population growth and economic growth is key
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What do you honestly feel about local vs foreign talent when it comes to job competition in Singapore, and in which white-collar industries in particular?
Jeraldine Phneah
Jeraldine Phneah
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated 5d ago
As someone who loves Singapore and her people, I feel saddened to see some of our local workers being discriminated in the country that they call home. The Workers' Party has brought up this issue many times during elections and in Parliament. Similarly, former Acting Minister of Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin, has also spoken up on this issue before "We have heard anecdotes of how in certain cases, heads of business units or HR managers have a preference for candidates they are familiar with or of the same nationality, for reasons that are irrelevant to job performance and irrespective of whether they are more competent than other candidates… We have also heard of situations where Singaporeans were retrenched or made to resign in the name of down-sizing, only to realise later that their positions were given to foreigners, who were coincidentally from the same countries as the business heads… Let me be quite blunt. Would these practices not sound discriminatory? Would any respectable progressive company endorse these practices? If this hiring is indeed because they care only about choosing familiar candidates and not about hiring the ‘best man for the job’, then such practices have no place in Singapore’s workplaces. Discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated." I personally appreciate the contributions of many of these workers who have come here to share their knowledge and help our economy. I also understand that in some circumstances, there is truly a real lack of local manpower and skills. However, I hope that there can be stricter guidelines when applying for Employment Passes to ensure that this is truly the case. Under the current framework, firms with at least 10 employees must advertise openings for jobs paying below $20,000 a month on the national MyCareersFuture.sg portal for at least 14 days before applying for an employment pass for a foreigner. However, employers can work around this by selecting the candidate first and then posting it on the MyCareersFuture.sg portal for show. To strengthen this, I feel that businesses should be required to submit a detailed description of local recruitment efforts done; numbers of Singaporean applicants, and reasons why Singapore candidates who were considered were deemed unsuitable for the position. This is a suggestion which WP highlighted in her 2020 Manifesto and I do find it would really strengthen our existing measures in place.
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What do you think about PAP, WP, SDP and PSP's answers to how the party deal with rising unemployment, create jobs for Singaporeans and ultimately improve the lives of Singaporeans?
I think this is hard but if we believe in conditional meritocracy then jobs should be given to the best singaporean If we believe in unconditional meritocracy then we have to give jobs to the best talents regardless of nationality I guess the answer lies in between.
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If you were contesting for election, how would you propose on improving social mobility and ensuring that less or no Singaporeans feel left behind?
Basically we should have more bursary and less scholarship If the rich and smart student fails to get a scholarship he can still study If the poor and 2nd place student fails to get a scholarship, its tragic Should meritocracy be absolute or should it be conditional?
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WP's Jamus Lim won the hearts of viewers last night for his stellar performance during the online debate. What do you think about Jamus's concluding statement that the WP are not denying PAP a mandate but a blank cheque?
Chujun Hong
Chujun Hong
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 4d ago
Have you wondered why despite producing one of the brightest students in the world , we seldom have Singaporean being named as renowned scientists, entrepreneurs, architects or other professional jobs in the global scene? The key word is "groupthink". Nobody will challenge a certain idea or policy because they desire harmony and conformity. This results in dysfunctional decisions being made. In the long term, even the brightest guy will lose the creativity and passion to chase after it's own beliefs. Just imagine if big tech companies such as Apple , Facebook , Amazon adopt "groupthink", can they continue to innovate and outperform their competitors? In a company setting, we have people contesting ideas of a proposal. It is totally conducive & healthy and we can get the best consensus to solve a problem. I support Jamus that we should not give a "blank cheque" to a ruling party, it will do more harm than good as they could become more complacent if left unchallenged.
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01 Jul | What's trending in the news today?
Clara Ng
Clara Ng, Community Manager at Seedly
Level 6. Master
Updated 5d ago
1.4 million Singaporeans to get $570 million in GST vouchers in August Eligible Singaporeans will receive text messages or letters to inform them of their benefits by July 3, this according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) today (July 1). Around 1.4 million Singaporeans will receive cash payouts of up to $300, credited directly into their bank accounts from Aug 1. Those who have not provided their bank account numbers can do so at the GST Voucher website by July 22, and they will receive their payouts via bank transfer on Aug 1. The rest will receive cheques sent to their official address by Aug 17. The MOF added that a small number of citizens qualify for the benefits of the GST Voucher scheme, but have not signed up for the government payouts in the past. They will be invited to do so via SMS or a letter before May 31 next year. Singaporeans aged 21 and above, whose assessable income for year of assessment 2019 did not exceed $28,000, will get $150 or $300 depending on their home's annual value as at Dec 31, 2019. Those who own more than one property are not eligible for the GST vouchers. About 545,000 Singaporeans aged 65 and above in 2020 will also receive GST vouchers in the form of Medisave top-ups of up to $450 each from Aug 1. They will receive between $150 and $450, depending on their age and annual value of their home. Source: The Straits Times Singapore GE2020: Aljunied not owned by one party, issues bigger than fight between PAP and WP, says PAP team in Aljunied GRC The People's Action Party (PAP) Aljunied GRC team has said that Aljunied is "not owned by one party", and that the issues at hand, including the Covid-19 pandemic, are larger than a fight between the PAP and Workers' Party (WP). The team was asked to comment about residents adopting a "buy one get one free" mentality, with the PAP team having campaigned for nine years in the opposition-held GRC. Responding to reporters after a morning walkabout at a hawker centre in Bedok North Street 3, PAP candidate Alex Yeo said the focus remains on the residents. "(You can) see our track record over the past nine years - even when we couldn't find any government funds to tap, and even when we don't run a town council." The 41-year-old cited the example of how his team in Paya Lebar privately raised funds to build sheltered walkways for children studying at the Living Sanctuary Brethren Church and En-Naeem mosque kindergartens. Source: The Straits Times Singapore GE2020: WP's East Coast team expects 'a good fight' against PAP team led by Heng Swee Keat The Workers' Party (WP) team contesting East Coast GRC expects a good fight against its People's Action Party (PAP) rivals led by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, calling his inclusion in the PAP line-up a pleasant surprise. Mr Kenneth Foo, who is part of the WP's East Coast team, told reporters on Wednesday (July 1): "We were pleasantly surprised that Mr Heng actually made the move from Tampines GRC to East Coast GRC... He has been on national television, everyone knows he is the DPM, and we think that it will be a good fight." But the WP team will stay focused on its plan to work with and reach out to more residents in the area, said Mr Foo, 43, who ran in Nee Soon GRC in 2015, where his team lost to a PAP team led by Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam. He said: "For the past five years, we have been ploughing the ground. We have worked with and (tried to) understand the residents, set up new programmes to help the residents." He added: "Although we are a new team here, the work has been consistently done." This marks the fourth time the WP is fielding a team in East Coast GRC. At the 2015 GE, it lost to a PAP team anchored by then Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, with 39.3 per cent of the votes against PAP's 60.7 per cent. Source: The Straits Times What are your thoughts? Let's discuss! 😁
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After seeing the slate of candidates across all the parties, what are some of your favourite candidates so far and why?
CH
CH
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered 2w ago
I won't say there is a "favourite" candidate. Because it is a team effort. To use someone's analogy, it is not a soccer team, where I could have a "favourite" player. It is about our collective future and how I would like the team to address issues, tackle challenges not just on covid-19, but also post covid-19. but i do see the quality of alternative parties improved over the years. they could now attract people with all walks of lives, including former civil service and military. slightly disappointed with some of the candidates who claimed to have risen from disadvantaged background, yet did not say much on how they would attempt to level the playing field or close the rich-poor divide.
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