Vivian Balakrishnan

Trying to shore up voters confidence, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan made a baseless claim saying that there is a “huge shortage of well-paying jobs”:

“Jobs are available for Singaporeans in the infocommunications space over the next three years, with the Republic facing a huge shortage of professionals.”

The PAP minister however said too few Singaporeans are trained for these “well-paying” jobs, suggesting that the PAP government is going to import more foreigners:

“You do the math… If you are graduating 2,800 (a year) and I tell you that over the next three years we need 60,000, can you see there’s an obvious shortage? We may need foreigners to supplement us or to help us expand the overall pie…”

Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also said there is a shortage of engineers in Singapore, and claimed there is no need for qualifications to be an engineer:

“There is a shortage of engineers and it is not a matter of paper qualifications. I don’t really need to look at your degree. I just need to look at your code. I just need to know what projects you’ve worked on.”