09 Jul '11, 7am

S'porean foreign talent: HK business did not fail despite employing locals

Asking for equal footing is not, for crying out loud, equating to paying the foreign workers as much as sg citizens. But if they are truly qualified and well performing then I say they deserve it. However, what we are decrying here is when policies in place make it easy for employers to think first “locals are more expensive” before they consider “which candidate is better qualified”. Something is wrong in this picture. Take for example, I was in Changi Airport T3, past the immigration and was buying beverages at one of the cafe. The serving staff asked the tourist “What do you want to order” in mandarin. The tourist didn’t understand. The staff didn’t even bother or couldn’t speak English. I was queuing behind and I had to do the translation. Is this the right hiring process? For Christ’s sake, we are in the airport where millions of non-mandarin speaking passengers come ...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/07/09/sporean-foreign-t...

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