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Support workers rather than protect 'zombie' firms and jobs

Singapore is going all out to make itself attractive as a post-pandemic economy. Helping workers through the transition must be as high a priority.

There is growing consensus that government help needs to pivot from helping companies save jobs today, to helping workers and companies prepare for tomorrow's jobs.PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore looks set to emerge from Covid-19 gloom and chalk up a good rate of growth next year, according to Ministry of Trade and Industry data on Monday.

The economy is forecast to expand by 4 per cent to 6 per cent next year. Third quarter growth was stronger than expected, at 9.2 per cent compared with the second quarter - an improvement from the 13.2 per cent decline in the second quarter, when most offices and shops were closed due to the circuit breaker lockdown.

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