Photo of Lim Swee Say from Straits Times Ng Sor Luan

Speaking at the Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum today (Mar 15), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said that Singaporeans should learn how to switch career like him. The PAP Minister said that there is no more job security in Singapore and that Singaporeans should be “open to change”.

In his Singlish-accented speech, the England university-educated Minister said:

“The idea of doing the same job for life is obsolete. In tomorrow’s working world, employees will be required to pursue different careers throughout their working life… It is important to be open to change. Though my own university and career experiences, I had to study management, economics and human resources while studying for a degree in electronics, computer and systems engineering in England. I returned to be a computer engineer at the Defence Ministry, but I was holding posts at the then National Computer Board and the Economic Development Board before I entered politics in 1996. Gone are the days when a single employer would take care of a worker for his entire life.”

A student at the forum questioned the minister about what is the government doing about the poor quality of life among foreign workers in Singapore:

“I’ve seen foreign workers living in abysmal conditions, what is the government was doing for their welfare.”

Minister Lim Swee Say claimed that the government “regularly” inspect foreign workers dormitories and that the foreign workers have mandatory insurance:

“Write to me if you know of workers living in dismal conditions. I want to assure you that we take the welfare of foreign workers seriously.”