SPH Retrenchment – This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans First Policy

There are reports that the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has hired foreign journalists even as it has laid off 130 staff members.

If such an occurrence has indeed taken place, it signals yet again the inability or, worse, unwillingness of the PAP to protect the interests of Singaporeans.

It makes a mockery of the government’s Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) policy which asks employers to “consider” hiring Singaporeans first before they employ foreigners.

This approach has clearly not worked as employers, many of whom are non-Singaporeans themselves, continue to hire their fellow foreigners over locals. Such a practice is reflected in the rising number of Singaporeans getting retrenched, or remain unemployed, even as businesses continue to hire foreigners.

This is why the SDP has proposed and repeatedly called for the introduction of the Singaporeans First policy where employers in Singapore are required to demonstrate that they have made every effort to employ Singaporeans first before they are allowed to recruit foreign PMETs.

Under our policy, foreign PMETs wishing to work in Singapore will be assessed via a point system based on their qualifications and also on industry needs. Only those with required qualifications, skills, and experience will be able to work here. (Read our proposal in full here.)

Such a policy will ensure that businesses like the SPH cannot allegedly retrench Singaporeans while simultaneously hire foreign correspondents.

Singapore is undergoing great economic stress and such egregious discrimination against our own people is outrageous.and must end.

The SDP calls on Mr Ng Yat Chung, CEO of SPH, to confirm whether he has hired foreigners while retrenching Singaporeans.

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34 Responses to “SPH Retrenchment – This is Why SDP Proposes the Singaporeans First Policy”

  • Sink! SG:

    SG is probably the only country in the world that has a G which failed to protect citizens yet able to win 70% of its citizens’ votes.

    Look at the recently ended Sing! China. Many sporeans think it’s injustice and said the contest was rigged. But I say, the China organizers should be applauded for considering its citizens first.

    (Sporean Joanne Dong was a clear favourite winning most of the professional judges’ votes in all the earlier rounds prior to the finals. Had she been one of the two contestants to enter the Grand Final, she’d probably end up champion as the eventual winner is decided by votes from professional judges not by telephone votings. With their own people in mind to win, the China organizer has apparently arranged for Joanna to be exited before the Grand Final round. Though they claimed she lost based on telephone votings, who knows what exactly her votes were right? It’s up to the organizer to come up with the figures, no?)

    China rightly deserves praise for protecting their own people. Own citizens must come first. Would a ‘pro-foreigners PAP’ sg have done the same? Look at how sporeans are treated in own very own country. “Singaporeans First” only apply in retrenchments!

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    Dear SDP, any intelligent and gutsy person will understand that one has to fight for his own right to survive. Then you have the other type who is either totally ignorant (not happening to me who cares about others) or intelligent but kiasi (gutless and coward) who will let anyone trample on them. Anyway, goodluck in trying to change Stinkies….a waste of time. Just do not get caught being around with Stinkies that is the game because stinkies are hopeless.

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    Now the MSM with its opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong propaganda PR machine trying to brainwash stinkies to accept the situation that there is no easy way to retrench. Retrenchment is an easy out for any company when they want to boost up their profit margin (band aid and easy solution). Giving Proper compensation and redundancy packages is one of the many ways to help for those who are retrenched. There are lots of other ways to help these people but the PAP and its cronies once again choose the easy way out to leave these people who voted for them “hung out to dry”. Well, a lesson to learn for Stinkies who trusted PAP….hahahah…once again, I heard Stinkies said “we are first world country”…..hahahahahaha…long way from being first world dumbass stinkies.

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  • Different Angles:

    @ China rightly deserves praise for protecting their own people. Own citizens must come first.

    Protection ? Or brainwashing Or again face issue again . Who knows ?

    This only shows that China very difficult to be trusted especially in fairness. If live variety shows also need to fake, scared lose face that in return erode their citizens confidence. End up all this Chinese people being brainwashed will only become egomaniacs .

    http://www.dw.com/zh/%E6%B3%95%E5%AA%92%E6%8A%A5%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E5%BC%BA%E5%9B%BD%E5%B4%9B%E8%B5%B7%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E5%AA%92%E4%BD%93%E4%B9%B1%E4%BA%86%E9%98%B5%E8%84%9A/a-40973156?&zhongwen=simp

    Just look at the french newspaper Le Monde article 中国强国崛起, the china MSM apparently without understanding what is he contents of the article based on the heading thought the article were singing praises of China. All made the blunder of reporting and fanning in China until someone who knows french pointed out actually its criticism instead praises. Lose face man , immediately censor.

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  • More Jobs priority for Local:

    There is a big problem with Low paying Jobs for Singaporean such as those in the Cleaning and Security Industries.

    We need to create more decent paying jobs for Singaporean.Also to put Singaporean First in our employment policy.

    Good paying jobs should go to local PMETs first and not FTs.

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  • Francescar Lim = Obese CUNT:

    Lots of Ah Tiong recruitment agencies @ Peoples’ Park Center. Take the lift up to the offices and see. Very hostile to locals.

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  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    Without a doubt, PAP is pro-alien. Why? Because foreigners do not get involved in politics. Thy are not a threat to PAP political dominance. This is important (and necessary) to keep PAP’s tight control on power so it can continue to pay its self-serving, greedy office holders million $ salaries (while Singaporeans suffer from stagnant wages, high prices, over-priced HDB flats and depleted CPF accounts).

    PAP IS A BUNCH OF CROOKS.

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  • phien ghee nah:

    “The SDP calls on Mr Ng Yat Chung, CEO of SPH, to confirm whether he has hired foreigners while retrenching Singaporeans.”

    no offence SDP, but yeah, like this crown is gonna answer ure request.
    and even fat-chance IF he does answer you, he will answer it truthfully right?

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  • Botak chan:

    Where is Botak Chan? Will he resurface to another Temasek job?

    This guy couldn’t articulate so the deadly school of governance is out for him! Maybe launch NTUC undertakers’ job?

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  • Python 5:

    SDP speaking up for those retrenched SPH running dogs and arse-kissing whores?

    so if these SPH dogs and whores get re-employed by SPH, come GE season, obviously they will start writing down SDP and other opposition parties again isn’t it??

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  • Python 5:

    Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    PAP IS A BUNCH OF CROOKS.

    and those SPH ppl (retrenched or still employed) are the dogs and whores supporting these crooks.

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  • Python 5:
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  • Merobok:

    Ask any unionists or even Halimah our President that when ever a retrenchment exercise is held, the Company cannot replace the positions that were made redundant!

    Why is NTUC keeping quiet about this exercise?

    So, it means that certain organization can replace those retrenched if they are supported by the Govt?

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  • RDB:

    SDP team should bring up all the issues they having been voicing out on line. But streamline them in concise easy to understand and remember for the oldies & simple minded ones to vote for them instead of PAP’s PEE AND POO. MOST important tell them not to say what can they expect the opposition to do when they keep on voting in the WP team of only 5-6. Who has to speak against some 83 of PAP’s PEE AND POO minister and YES Sir MPs. Tell them how much an MP gets paid to just be a part timer as well as paid 4-figures allowances for each parliament session. Yet WHY PAP MPs aren’t so interested. Because they have other business mostly connected with their party to earn much more. So, only go to support what is most important for their boss PM3 now a days!

    When we keep voting in PAP ministers who only talk shop-cock, what can we expect to get?

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  • Sink! PAP:

    @ Different Angles

    Tsk Tsk! You so naive? This kind of TV prog, you believe nothing is fixed?

    If China very difficult to trust, then can trust PAP? At least China knows how to save face, let own ppl win. PAP wouldn’t care betraying own citizens. They’d be more than happy if a FT wins. Go back his/her country and make news for sg and the PAP gahmen.

    Parents always protect own children first. A country should also protect own citizens first.

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  • Patriot of Temesak:

    Most likely they will hire Foreigners from the West who once were or still are working for Fake News with $$$$ to spin their FakeNews for PAP

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  • Harder Truths:

    As the pappy businesses fail to meet their quotas they will continue to downsize the public sector or government-linked companies and also bring in FT. Pappies LOVE FT.

    As the government is the biggest employer of locals the retrenchments will target the majority of the 70% hiding in public service.

    The private sector has already been corrupted with FT many years ago so we know what it is like to bow to FT everyday.

    Dear 70% – your time has come. Karma is a b*t*h – no?

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  • Different Angles:

    First of all China own medias and sycophants blundered themselves .
    None of them do homework first before publishing . As usual loved to copy mentality at worked.

    Lets be honest lah. If China easy to trust , China would allow their people to vote liao. The party cannot even truat their own people.

    Not that you dont have your chance , just look at the huge turn out rate in WP’s GE rally.

    But 70% mandate is your answer.

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  • Congrats to SPH staff:

    I just feel warm and fuzzy inside whenever GLC retrench.

    Its like God exists.
    I beginning to believe in Karma again.

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  • so how? @Sink PAP:

    Party also want to save face, party also want to let own ppl win, party also always protect own party people own children first.

    A party should also protect own member first?

    Sink! PAP:
    @ Different Angles

    Tsk Tsk! You so naive? This kind of TV prog, you believe nothing is fixed?

    If China very difficult to trust, then can trust PAP? At least China knows how to save face, let own ppl win. PAP wouldn’t care betraying own citizens. They’d be more than happy if a FT wins. Go back his/her country and make news for sg and the PAP gahmen.

    Parents always protect own children first. A country should also protect own citizens first.

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  • Change We Must:

    Singaporean PMETs can only become Uber, Grab and taxi drivers. Their customers are foreign trashes working in Singapore from jobs created by Singaporeans. Singaporeans can only afford to live in HDB housing and all private housing are for those foreigners. PMETs also work as estate executive and technicians, gardener and cleaners to serve those foreigners. Don’t tell me those 70% is living in private housing and drive their private car INSTEAD OF Uber OR GRAB? What a sad and miserable situation for Singaporeans!

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  • Hdhdhd:

    Our next task is to stop watching tv, watch and read things on online only. Who knows this might cause mediacorp yo be the next to collapse haha

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  • asd:

    Ha Ha . . sinkie the joke .. . is getting better and better .

    Hope they are the ones who voted for this .. .

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  • Python 5:

    not just GLCs like Singtel, SBS, SMRT, GIC, TH, but the civil service also. stat boards, MOM, MINDEF, MOH, MHA etc…

    Congrats to SPH staff:
    I just feel warm and fuzzy inside whenever GLC retrench.

    Its like God exists.
    I beginning to believe in Karma again.

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  • conu eat shit:

    If this FATASS pass IPPT,PIGS CAN FLY.

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  • Sperm as Nutrient:

    conu eat shit:
    If this FATASS pass IPPT,PIGS CAN FLY.

    Which MO dare to question a general?
    Which PTI dare to say he fail ippt?

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  • Sperm:

    Python 5:
    not just GLCs like Singtel, SBS, SMRT, GIC, TH, but the civil service also. stat boards, MOM, MINDEF, MOH, MHA etc…

     I not sure how many of you feel the same as me, but i feel that many GLC employees feel indepted to their employers and will tend to vote them.

    Their jobs are still the most secured in this day and age.
    No competitors. Just do their job day after day . Work till retirement.

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    The GLCs are expected to walk the talk of “fair business practices” but I can almost hear SPH’s response to SDP’s call to their Chairman.
    ‘We are hiring non-Singaporeans for the Foreign Correspondence posts and to inject vibrancy and balance in our reporting…. ”

    Now, that could go down well with the 60% would would swallow all rubbish the coverment or it’s agencies and GLCs care to dish out to us daft, kiasu, kiasi and obviously kiajenhu lot, no?

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  • Shoutout to the 70%:

    Great News!!
    Broadcom is EVACUATING SG to balek to USA.
    Billions in revenue will go to USA.

    THIS is after over ten billion usd is paid to usa for boeing planes.

    What is the sovereignty of sg?

    There is a good 70% chance those losing broadcom jobs in sg are the 70%.

    Karma is a b*t*h.

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  • Sperm Ejaculated:

    Sperm as Nutrient: Which MO dare to question a general?
    Which PTI dare to say he fail ippt?

    Authoritarianism virtues.

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  • Lee Bee Huay:

    Shoutout to the 70%:
    Great News!!
    Broadcom is EVACUATING SG to balek to USA.
    Billions in revenue will go to USA.

    THIS is after over ten billion usd is paid to usa for boeing planes.

    What is the sovereignty of sg?

    There is a good 70% chance those losing broadcom jobs in sg are the 70%.

    Karma is a b*t*h.

    As i said before, ONLY EXTERNAL FORCES WILL BRING THEM DOWN.

    Trump is external forces.

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  • LTK:

    Lee Bee Huay: As i said before, ONLY EXTERNAL FORCES WILL BRING THEM DOWN.

    Trump is external forces.

    Yes, Domestic forces have been fully domesticated, metaphorically speaking.

    I know because i am domesticated cos i am LTK Lan Tut Kang. My Cousin Lan Tua Kee.

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  • Media plp frontline:

    Media is the first cesspool that lky sought to control. Just look at the chief editor profile. So don’t be shocked what sph does. Foreign is the cesspool sustainers and the lidols. So Sinkies are daft and can be kick around. The cesspoolers think a few carrots also at these dafts’ expense will gurantee them the millions ahead. If they can get the indian to con the community that it is the honour bestowed upon them, the cesspools can do anything.

    As long as the dafts suck in with the dangling poisoned carrots bought at their own expense to kill them softly the dafts can only become stupider and deserved to be kicked as lky has threatened and nepotically carried out by the sheepskin clad hyena with the gorilla lurking not far behind.

    Legend of lky is fast shapping up from the cesspool.

    Pathetic shits with their daft SINKies. Sink is the only direction for the dafts. Only awakened from the doped can SINKies become Singaporeans not the cesspool majority minority shits and playing the racial shits hopping to con their way thru. Yes they most probably will with SIN flooded with the cesspool schits and feeding on by the daft SINKies thinking they are fantastic elexirs.
    .
    On wonder the God has no eyes propagate and still propagating as they can comfirtably sworn on the heads of their GODs. Got or no got (it) SINKies. Cesspoolers beware got or no got one ultimately kaput. See you plp subject also kaput finally.

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  • SOF:

    Not much sympathy for these ‘journalists’, in reality copywriters for the control system. They were part of the propaganda machine pumping out all this BS about how great Singapore is, happily drinking the Kool-Aid with blue pill to keep them asleep.

    Now they will be forced to wake up when their master throws them out.

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