Singapore Election 2011

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Lee Kuan Yew: Half of jobs created last year go to Singaporeans (only)

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 30, 2011

Though it was supposed to be his son’s general election, PAP de facto leader Lee Kuan Yew appeared to be hogging the headlines lately as he dispensed his usual ‘pearls of wisdom’ to Singaporeans.

Speaking to his entourage of reporters and spin doctors at Tampines Central yesterday, Lee provided statistics to counter opposition’s claims that foreigners in Singapore were taking away jobs from Singaporeans.

According to Lee, total employment in Singapore rose by 786,000 between 2006 and last year and in 2010, 115,900 jobs were added, with half going to Singaporeans. This means that a shocking 57,950 jobs went to foreigners!

Lee did not provide any details on the nature of the jobs taken up by Singaporeans or if the jobs going to foreigners could be done by Singaporeans instead.

He claimed that his PAP regime has ‘created more jobs than Singaporeans can fill’ and that ‘no country has done that except Singapore’ without substantiating them.

Lee added that the overall unemployment rate was 2.2 percent last year and he resident jobless rate was 3.1 percent, the second lowest over the period of 2000 and 2010 while forgetting to mention that fact that the figures include both Singapore citizens and PRs.

Due to the PAP’s ultra-liberal and pro-foreigner policies, foreigners now make up 40 percent of Singapore’s population, up from 14 percent in 1990. Of the remaining 60 percent who are citizens, an increasing number are born overseas.

In a recent speech made at a community event, he said:

“Please remember: We still need 900,000 foreign workers on work permits.”

Lee did not explain how he arrived at the figures which does not include foreigners on S and E passes and he will never have to so long the PAP retains its traditional two-thirds majority in parliament, thereby enabling it govern Singapore at its whimps and fancies with little accountability or transparency.

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