19 Oct '11, 2pm

Govt must put S'poreans first in manpower policies: Yaw Shin Leong

Govt must put S'poreans first in manpower policies: Yaw Shin Leong

SINGAPORE: The opposition MP from Hougang, Yaw Shin Leong, said in his maiden speech in Parliament that the government must put Singaporeans first when formulating manpower policies. Referring to how Singaporeans are concerned about losing their jobs to foreign workers, Mr Yaw asked for more transparency in the employment and S Pass system. He also urged the government to think twice before accepting Mr Yeo Guat Kwang's proposal to have a compulsory training framework for work permit and S Pass employers. Mr Yaw said: "As things stand, Singaporeans do not compete with foreign workers on a level playing field because foreign workers cost less. "Let us make sure that the odds are not further stacked against Singaporean workers by subsidising foreigner workers' training using our taxpayers' monies to increase their effectiveness and employability. This, I believe, would contr...

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