Just read news today that 200 SMRT drivers from mainly China (from the report) went on strike. Apparently, this is to protest against unfair salary payouts between them and Malaysians.
In the meantime, riot trucks are standing by and getting ready to beat them up into behaving like ordinary Singaporeans, just the way PAP likes their subject.
My believe that it is unfair to pay people doing the same jobs different, just because they are from another country. However, without knowing more about it, it is hard to make any point at the moment. But whatever the real story, this is a classic case of bad management, bad communications to staff and bad decision making.
Unfortunately, I fear the worst for these 200 drivers whether or not they got their way. I foresee PAP deporting them back to their home country after this episode. After all, it will be an embarrassment to the PAP control freak if nothing is done and this means others can follow suit.
In the meantime, these are the comments that were left for the article:
The comments from Hate Third World is especially bad, in my opinion, and what was worst is that it garnered 9 likes. I am very surprised that in Singapore when they are so riled up about racist comments, they are practically blind to Singaporeans make racist comments about other races and foreigners. If someone had commented “F**king Malay Trash” or “F**king Chinese trash”, the racial overtones becomes obvious isn’t it? Mind you all, in our Singaporean mix nowadays are also people from PRC. Okay, I am only assuming that the poster is Singaporean here, because I don’t believe foreigners would be THAT angry.
If the poor NTUC girl was sack because of her posting on Malay weddings, then this is poster and the 9 who liked it should be similarly investigated for sedition and promoting racial disharmony. Note that I am only making the point of the seriousness of this; I don’t support the sedition act and the way that our government “handles” racial issues. I believe that Singaporeans should learn to deal with such speeches through mature debate and not having the government treat us like little children shielding us from the horrors of the real world. Let’s face it, we are all racist some of the time.
That apart, I believe that the anger towards the so-call foreign talents is just too sweeping. Singaporeans just become angry with ALL foreign talents in ALL fields of work and in ALL areas of life without any objectivity. Some are specific to foreigners from a certain country, like my friend who works at Standard Chartered and hates the many Indian nationals works there, some of them in management jobs but are totally useless and they favor within themselves (you know what I mean). Even given that, anger should be directed only a few particular person instead of an entire class of people.
My question to the poster is whether the SMRT PRCs have taken away his job? Would he/she have applied for an SMRT driver job had they had not taken up those jobs? Isn’t that what the foreign talent issue is about, taking Singaporeans job away?
And what has the drivers going on strike to do with the popular bashing over Chinese announcements in our MRTs? Let’s face it, English is the language of economy, but China had move up so fast that even in European countries, they have sales people who can speak Chinese. This is just a natural consequences of economical powers. Had the Middle East became an economical power, we would probably hear announcements in Arabic. Nevertheless, I agree with some people that since the government have always been promoting this fake la-la-land harmony between the four major races, we should be consistent in our approach and continue to offer announcements in all four official languages.