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Reason, compassion and courage needed to move conversation forward

Foreign manpower, race, and building a fair and just society dominated debate this week

Three policy issues largely dominated this week's Parliament debate.

First, foreign manpower. MPs had several proposals: Further raising the minimum pay for sectors like infocomm technology and professional services, imposing manpower quotas, naming recalcitrant firms, and removing preferential tax rates or not awarding them public sector contracts, among others.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2020, with the headline 'Reason, compassion and courage needed to move conversation forward'. Print Edition | Subscribe