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Lim Swee Say defends not implementing minimum wage

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 23, 2011

Despite the widening income gap between the rich and poor caused by the PAP’s flawed economic policies, PAP Minister without portfolio and NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say is adamant that the PAP’s policies of keeping Singapore’s manufacturing sector and denying Singapore workers a basic minimum wage are ‘correct’.

Speaking to the state media on the sidelines of a community event, Mr Lim claimed that the ‘minimum wage approach may be unpopular among Singaporeans, but necessary.’ without substantiating his blanket statements as usual.

Mr Lim was responding to earlier criticisms by SDP’s star candidate Tan Jee Say that companies have profited at workers’ expense without a minimum wage law.

Singapore is one of the few countries in the world which does not have a minimum wage system. Most first world countries such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand have some sort of minimum wage structure in place to ensure that their workers are not exploited by big businesses.

Without a minimum wage and coupled with lax labor and immigration policies, Singapore workers have to put up with intense competition from cheap foreign migrant workers who are willing to work longer hours for lesser pay.

Though Singaporeans are denied a minimum wage by the PAP regime, the same rule does not apply to PAP ministers whose pay are pegged to the top earners in the private sector.

As labor chief, Mr Lim once called on Singaporeans to be ‘cheaper, better and faster.’ NTUC is the only legal trade union in Singapore and by ‘tradition’, its Secretary-General is almost always a PAP minister.

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2 Responses to “Lim Swee Say defends not implementing minimum wage”

  1. defennder said

    Hi admin, thought you might want to take a look at this old article by CNA which says that an estimated 1/4 to 1/3 of increased GST revenue was used to pay increased ministerial and civil servant salary increase back in 2007:
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/269463/1/.html

    Mr Singh said: “How do we answer the man-in-the-street when we’re told that about one-quarter to one-third of the expected revenue increase this year from the GST is going to be for the proposed ministerial and civil service salary increases, about $240 million, I was told?”

  2. Mr.QQ.RWS said

    Which group of Singaporeans did he surveyed with? If he surveyed the group of Singaporeans in the low income group, they would not have objected to the minimum wage system! If the ministers enjoy a minimum wage salary of 3 million, why do the poor citizens not enjoy the same benefit too?

    Union head not doing his job of protecting the interests of local citizens leh.. double standards leh!!!!!

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