In an interview with Rappler Talk, Minister of Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin said that because of globalization, graduates in Manila could do a Singaporean’s job for a fraction of the pay:
“But the competition today is so real. We have companies, jobs, departments being outsourced and completely relocating to Manila because graduates in Manila could do their job for a fraction of the pay.
That’s globalization. And that has resulted in the pulling out of jobs in many developed countries, those jobs are not going back.”
It is unknown how Minister Tan Chuan Jin has come to this conclusion given the falling productivity and widespread employment problems, like the recent fake qualifications scandals, are results of having too many foreigners in Singapore’s workforce today.
The former army general and Manpower Minister also chastise unemployed Singaporeans for picky and call the situation “scant consolation”, and continue to boast about Singapore’s 2.9% unemployment rate when the survey figure include NSFs as employed and remove job seekers who are part timers or could not find a job after six months from the unemployment statistic.
“The flipside of that is the opportunities from employers, they feel Singaporeans can be be quite picky. I’m fully aware that there are people who are unemployed. The way I look at statistics is: You can talk about 2.9% percent unemployment, 3% but to a person unemployed it’s 100% until I get a job. Scant consolation. The challenge of course is that we feel pressured because of change. You feel the world is moving on a double quick pace. Technology, physical transformation of spaces, you are a bit disoriented, a bit uncertain. Conditions of postwar growth will also not be replicated. For example, our parents generation had that big jump – that so-called 3rd world to 1st. That was symptomatic of a period where post 2nd World War, very low development in Asian nations then, then that huge jump took place. Even our parents, non-graduates, they were able to hold on to decent jobs, buy land and property, a house. Today, having that same expectation you won’t realize the same aspirations. One, you have uplifted so many. There are so many more graduates you’re competing with.”
You may read more from the interview here.