It's quite amazing to see how highly orchestrated MSM reporting sometimes seems to be. Yesterday we had an ST article (see preceding post) urging young graduates to be content with menial jobs. Today, Wong Kan Seng advises job seekers to give serious thought before turning down jobs and tells them that "a few hundred dollars is still better than zero." Note also his comment that if firms cannot find enough workers here, they will move away.ST Aug 15, 2006
Security won't help if people take it easy: DPM
By Zakir Hussain
NO AMOUNT of security measures will be adequate against the threat of terrorism if people are complacent about their role, Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng said last night.
In his assessment of the security situation here after last week's foiled bomb plot in Britain, he said security is a priority and everyone has a role to preserve safety and stability.
He was responding to questions from reporters ahead of a speech at the 25th anniversary of the National Transport Workers Union (NTWU), where his message to job seekers was not to be choosy despite the improved job situation.
........ [comments about terrorist concerns deleted]
In remarks to more than 1,000 dinner guests, he advised job seekers to give serious thought before turning down jobs.
'A few hundred dollars is still better than zero,' he said.
Given the opportunities elsewhere, firms that cannot find enough workers here will move, he added.
Should that happen, even those who are now employed will lose their jobs.
And last week, in case you did not notice, the Straits Times reported that 3,500 workers at Maxtor Corporation are going to be retrenched:
... and that the Singapore government had pledged to help them.ST Aug 11, 2006
3,500 workers to lose jobs as Maxtor shuts down
By Grace Ng
ABOUT 3,500 workers at Maxtor Corp's local plants had their worst fears confirmed yesterday when the firm's parent company said it will close the entire operation here by the New Year.
The announcement by Seagate Technology was expected by Maxtor staff, who have witnessed a series of layoffs at the disk-drive plants over the past 18 months.
The job cuts, affecting everyone from the factory floor to the executive suites, will sever Maxtor's 26-year link with Singapore.
Call me a cynical conspiracy theorist, but I can almost see it happening already. The Maxtor employees will be retrenched. The government will try to help them find new jobs, but will fail for a large proportion of them. In the end, the government can only get them menial jobs which pay "a few hundred dollars". Obviously they'll turn these down because a few hundred dollars a month will barely cover their transport expenses to go to work.ST Aug 11, 2006
Govt and unions set to help retrenched staff
Job-matching and counselling for retrenched workers; those laid off will get compensation
By Aaron Low &Gabriel Chen
THE Government and the unions are ready to help 3,500 or so of Maxtor Corp workers set to lose their jobs by the end of the year.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) yesterday pledged to help the retrenched staff find new jobs and get counselling over the plant closures.
This follows the announcement by Seagate Technology yesterday that it will shut all three Maxtor plants here.
However, the government will then reiterate Wong Kan Seng's statement that "a few hundred dollars is still better than zero". Next the government will say that in the first place, it's because you Singaporean workers are so fussy that companies like Maxtor can't find workers here and are therefore closing down. If only you fusspot citizens would accept menial jobs, none of this would have occurred!
Of course the truth is that Maxtor is closing down in Singapore because the hard-disk manufacturing industry is one of those areas where we've simply lost out to low-cost China.
And going back to Wong Kan Seng's speech .... frankly, it's just absurd to urge a job seeker to accept an offer because by doing so, he would stop factories from closing down and save his fellow citizens from unemployment. Apart from the point just being delusional, it's also terrible salesmanship by DPM Wong. It's like an insurance agent telling you to buy life insurance so that your monthly premiums will help others who do die young.
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