lee hsien loong national day rally 2021:Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers his speech at the National Day rally at Mediacorp on Sunday (August 29). Mr. Lee ended his speech in Malay and Mandarin when he delivered his speech in English. The prime minister says there is “growing concern” about foreigners, especially some work permit holders.
Lee Hsien Loong National Day Rally 2021
He said this “unhappiness” already existed before COVID-19, but economic uncertainty has intensified. The government should reassure the people of Singapore that employment and S pass holders are the right criteria, and will continue to tighten the criteria for the issuance of such permits. While most companies follow the rules, some have not been fair employers. “They use familiar connections and old boy networks from their countries, not openly on merit,” Mr. Lee says.
Help low-paid workers, Mr. Lee says. “I’m particularly concerned about a certain group of low-paid workers. These are the delivery workers.” They have become a common sight during COVID-19. He says it is hard work and most of it earns a modest income. These workers do not have an employment contract with the online platform and most of the workers lack basic job security.
Mr. Lee says the Ministry of Manpower is studying this growing problem and will consult on it. The government accepted the recommendations of a tripartite working group to assist low-wage workers. This includes paying progressively more workers and requiring companies that hire foreign workers to pay at least one eligible local wage to all of their local employees.
Mr. Lee says, “Today, these companies already have to pay this qualifying salary (S$1,400) to some of their local employees, depending on how many foreigners they hire. ” The prime minister says the government will force these companies to pay locally qualified salaries to all their local employees if they want to hire a foreigner.
A progressive pay tag will also be created to identify companies that are paying progressive salaries to their employees. During the pandemic, many low-paid workers were on the front lines. Mr. Lee says Singaporeans have seen the importance of jobs such as cleaning, food delivery and security and have gained renewed respect and admiration for these workers. But these workers are more stressed than others – their jobs are less secure, they are more likely to be laid off, and they have less savings to deal with tough times.
He says the government, along with the supplementary worker income scheme and progressive wage model, has helped improve their lives. The prime minister said Singapore had survived the worst economic crisis since independence, taking advantage of every resource available to support workers and businesses. But now it has to generate new growth. To do this, Singapore must maintain its status as a business hub, attract more foreign investment and develop Singaporean companies and entrepreneurs. He says it is important for Singapore to open up soon and allow people to travel safely in and out of Singapore.
The country has also attracted new investment despite the pandemic, with BioNTech setting up shop here and Zoom opening a new research and development centre. Some Singaporean companies, such as SecretLab, Cairo and Carousel, have become global names.
Mr. Lee says many people have exceeded the call of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore – contactors, swabs, ambulance drivers, workers running quarantine facilities and vaccination centers – and those on the front lines thanked the people. They say 8 out of 10 people have now been vaccinated, and with extra precautions Singapore can live with the virus, he says. We may have to hit the brakes from time to time, but we want to avoid putting pressure on the brakes, says Mr. Lee.