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Archive for July 22nd, 2012

NTUC offers PMET jobs at $2,000 monthly to Singaporeans

Posted by temasektimes on July 22, 2012

With Singaporean PMETs facing intense competition from cheaper foreigners in the job market, Singapore’s only legal trade union NTUC is currently working with employers to provide more meaningful job opportunities for members who are mature professionals, managers and executives (PMEs).

At its U Live Symposium on Sunday, NTUC offered 15 PME job openings including middle management positions which pay at least S$2,000 per month each.

Speaking to queries from the media, President of the National Trades Union Congress, Diana Chia said:

“They are also part of our rank and file workers, and this is an important aspect for people to realise — that we are all moving up in our career, and we are all going up for higher education, to ensure that we find purpose and a career for us to move on.” 

An increasing number of PMETs are finding hard to get decent jobs due to competition from foreign PMETs who are allowed to find work in Singapore with few restrictions.

 

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Outcry over PRC flag hanging in HDB estate as PM Lee calls on Singaporeans to help new citizens ‘fit in’

Posted by temasektimes on July 22, 2012

Even as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong continues to call on Singaporeans to integrate with the immigrants and to help them ‘fit in’, a massive outcry has erupted in cyberspace over a shocking photo depicting a PRC flag being hung side by side a Singapore flag in a HDB flat in Hougang.

As Singapore’s National Day approaches, PAP grassroots leaders have been busy hanging the Singapore flags along the corridors of HDB flats to instill a fake sense of ‘patriotism’ among burnt-out Singaporeans who are struggling to make ends meet.

However, in one unit in Hougang, a PRC flag could be seen hanging in public, much to the chagrin of angry Singaporeans:

While the Singapore police was quick to arrest a 13 year old Singapore girl for burning the Singapore flag, no action was taken against this PRC new citizen family yet for displaying the PRC flag publicly.

Some comments from netizens on Facebook:

“its funny… govt here asking us to integrate with them and here they are, forever displaying their defiant behaviour…. alamak, pls la, PAP… should ask them to integrate with the locals la…. we singaporeans have been accommodating foreigners all these years with no issues until the defiant ones came knocking at our door… open your eyes and see can?” – Jessie Wan

“What does this tell us? The failed policy of integration of our PAP government. It means that China is the country and Singapore is a province flying it’s provincial flag. We have lost our sense of belonging of our country….” – Lee Wee Kiat

“Arrest 17 years old youths for racist remarks, then go arrest those PRCs also! This doesn’t concern just about racism, but nationalism! Police force, please do your freaking job fairly!” – Apple Ling

“How to arrest when PM call to intregrate with the foreigner trashes. See this is one good example of foreigners thinking they have superiority over spore. Sg govt just suck thumb….sit down…n watch at their own mess created” – Mohd Amin

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PHOTOS: Fire hazard at void deck of HDB flat in Ang Mo Kio

Posted by temasektimes on July 22, 2012

A netizen noticed wooden planks and pieces being littered all over the void deck of Blk 253 in Ang Mo Kio:

 

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Singaporean asks PM Lee: Why are you asking us now to solve your problem?

Posted by temasektimes on July 22, 2012

Mr. Prime Minister,

Racial harmony and national loyalty are two very different issues! It showed how inadequate your understanding of the people your government had brought into Singapore! Many New Citizens from PRC got upset when your news media reported negative news about China, its system and people. When a PRC driver crashed his Ferrari into a taxi, killing a Singaporean driver and a Japanese tourist, a New Citizen from China told me, “At least the China driver did something good just before his death – he killed the taxi driver and his passenger, instead of crippled them. They should thank him!”

Mr. Prime Minister, you got no bloody clue on what is in the mind of these New Citizens or PRs who came from China! They despised nearly everything about Singapore! They came here to study, but they looked down on your education system; hiding in their heart or mind, they regard Singaporean teachers and students very low. They hate Asean leaders talking about disputes on South China Sea – “Who the hell are you to talk about our territorial waters!”, never mind they are holding a pink identity card!

You and your government seemed to have over fantasized New Citizens’ loyalty for Singapore! I know them, you do not! Not even your father!

Anyway, it was you and your government who created this problem of social fiction or tension between native citizens and foreign-converted citizens! Why are you now asking us to solve your problem?

CELIA LIM

*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook.

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City Harvest Church raises stake in Suntec Singapore to 39.2 percent

Posted by temasektimes on July 22, 2012

Singapore’s mega-church City Harvest Church (CHC) has raised its stake in Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre to 39.2 per cent.

The controversial church has come under intense public scrutiny of late following the arrests and charging of five of its members for misusing up to S$5 million dollars of the church funds, including its founder Kong Hee.

During a service yesterday, Executive pastor Aries Zulkarnain made the announcement to the congregation. CHC has initially acquired 20 percent of Suntec through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Urban Property Investments Limited in 2010.

Last year, it acquired an additional 19.2 per cent for a purchase price of S$54 million.

Together with the acquisition in 2010, the church now has an effective shareholding of 39.2 per cent in Suntec for an aggregate purchase price of S$97.75 million.

Kong Hee and four other CHC members will return to court on 25 July in a hugely-awaited trial.

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