Singaporeans should stop complaining and reflect on their own attitude
Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012
It’s like football, you have all the home ground advantage and if you still lose the match at your own turf, then blame yourself and not somebody else. I always laugh when I read about how Singaporeans go on and on about losing out to FTs etc. Come on, in your own home country where you enjoy all the home ground advantage, if you cannot even beat the FT for the job, then go reflect yourself. Don’t just blame others for your own incompetence.
I see from this article that this chap pays $3000 for a staff. So it’s not like he pays cheap for the labour. Why then did he still think it’s more “profitable” to hire a FT and not a local. It’s simple, the locals cannot match up in terms of work performance. He did not for once mention about costs being the reason to employ FT. As a businessman, he puts his money on what returns the highest roi.
I read recently from Straits Times a survey that revealed Singaporeans to be the least committed to their job with as high as 42% indicated they may leave their job within less than 2 years compared to their peers in other countries. There was also a separate report that a local employer here also said he prefered to hire FTs not because they are cheaper (in fact, they cost same or more than local since they were on S Pass / E Pass), but he found them also to be more committed to work. Straits Times has run such stories many times over, and it’s the same song by the employers.
All these talk that “oh but the FTs are here to just work, whereas we have families and other issues to stress over” is just plain excuses again. There you go, this is another trait of Singaporeans. Excuses, excuses, and blames. Yawn….
Look, employers have no interest in “protecting” jobs for Singaporeans. That’s not their job. It’s the government’s job. Employers are business people who invest their money in what gives the highest returns. Whether Singaporeans or FTs, who gets the job done best and at best rate, will be given the job. It’s that simple.
And stop blaming your government. Even if your government opens the flood gate and allow indiscriminately FTs to come in, if you are good in what you do, offer value, committed to your work, you WILL STILL get the job over the FTs.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.