The Straits Times
Published on Feb 20, 2013

Some jobs too specialised, demanding for S'poreans?


MR CHEW Cheng Lok raised a good point from the perspective of an employer ("Foreign labour curbs may hurt Singaporean workers"; last Wednesday).

His concern is not about low-skilled jobs, but mid- and high-level engineers and specialists, and how he has difficulty hiring Singaporeans trained for the work.

Why can't our universities and polytechnics prepare the students for such specialised jobs? What is so tough about the work that foreigners will withstand the "long and tedious dedication" but Singaporeans will not despite being offered higher pay?

If the process of hiring foreigners to fill the post is so difficult but the company still does it, there must be strong reasons for doing so and the Ministry of Manpower should find out why.

Daniel Chan Wai Piew