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SINGAPORE: Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has said that the opposition Workers’ Party’s proposal for a zero foreign manpower growth in this decade, when put in practice, will hurt Singaporeans.
Speaking in Parliament on Thursday on the Population White Paper, Mr Tan noted that in fact, the strategies outlined in the paper has opted for slower growth and a significant reduction in the foreign labour force numbers.
He said Singapore cannot continue on the same growth trajectory as before, but what it needs to decide on is the pace of growth that will bring benefits to citizens.
And in achieving this, Mr Tan said the country will need to transit carefully.
He said the Workers’ Party’s proposal to freeze the foreign labour force growth rate immediately is an “alarming” one.
He said: “When companies go, it is not trivial; we can boldly, be very heroic, tell people, let’s bite the bullet. I think sometimes if you bite too hard, the bullet will kill you and I think an environment, it’s a possible option, with zero manpower growth, I think that will kill off a lot of companies.”
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