DPM Tharman proclaims: Any Singaporean who wants a job can find one here
Posted by temasektimes on August 4, 2012
With the income gap between the rich and poor in Singapore growing wider, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam is calling on Singaporeans to show more ‘respect’ to blue collar workers whose income has remained more or less stagnant for the last ten years.
Speaking at the Taman Jurong National Day Dinner on Friday, DPM Tharman laid out key strategies aimed at closing the “gaps in opportunities” among the population.
He also painted a bleak outlook for the global economy, but said the situation is not that bad in Singapore.
“Anyone who wants a job can find one here and Singaporeans are still optimistic about the future,” he proclaimed without substantiating his statement.
DPM Teo added that society can do more to help blue-collar workers here progress to close the income gap:
“We have to pay more respect to blue collar workers, give them pride in their jobs, pay them fairly and help them progress in their careers up to the highest level their skills can take them.”