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Singapore can't ease up on foreign worker limits, says PM Lee

Published on May 8, 2014 7:05 AM
 
The Government cannot ease up on foreign worker limits, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said, even as he acknowledged the tight situation for businesses and calls for a loosening of curbs. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Some bosses of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have had to turn away business or rope in family members to help, as they deal with the curbs on foreign worker inflow and the lack of locals for hire.

But the Government cannot ease up on the limits, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, even as he acknowledged the tight situation and calls for a loosening of the limits.

"We have to manage the inflow, we have to manage what we can accommodate in Singapore," he said yesterday at a conference attended by about 400 Malay/Muslim entrepreneurs and delegates from Singapore and the region.

Singapore has been tightening the foreign worker tap for a few years to help ease the strain on infrastructure.

 
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