Newly-promoted deputy secretary general of NTUC, Senior Minister of State Koh Poh Koon, told state media reporters that he is so dedicated to his work that he “eat, drink and sleep” about it for years:
“One key component of Singapore’s restructuring efforts is the 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs). For the last two and a half years, I eat, sleep and dream about ITMs…I think my dreams will get more exciting and colourful, I have 23 different dreams to dream about now.”
The self-proclaimed “son of Ang Mo Kio” (formerly the “son of Punggol”) said he hopes to see more Singaporeans join the government union NTUC and tell them more about the 23 ITMs, which is said to “map put growth for 23 specific sectors”.
Speaking at the NTUC May Day rally was also the newly-promoted NTUC Chief, Minister of State Ng Chee Meng, who was asked to resign from his former Education Minister profile. Minister Ng Chee Meng, a former army general, cautioned Singaporeans not to be “complacent” and “seize new opportunities”, without explaining what he is exactly talking about.
Singapore has only one legalised union controlled by the government. Under NTUC, Singapore workers see one of the highest income inequality in the world, and unfavourable employment conditions as compared to first world countries like Australia. The number of elderly workers working in low paying manual jobs is also one of the world’s highest, as the NTUC did next to nothing to protect the poor and vulnerable.