Why The Fair Consideration Framework Isn’t Fair: The Short Answer

The Fair Consideration Framework is an attempt by the government to convince Singaporeans that the government is reacting to their discontent. However, the usefulness of the “framework” itself is highly questionable.

First, firms are not required to interview Singaporeans first. Second, if employers do not hire Singaporeans, there is no need for employers to explain why as the Ministry of Manpower had said that, “MOM does not review the merits of a firm’s hiring decision, as the firm is best placed to decide on which candidate can do the job.”

Thus the only real change to hiring practices is that firms only need to put up new job openings on a “jobs bank” website. Firms can still post up new job openings on other sites. And they can still interview and hire anyone at their discretion.

The ministry might say that they would look into the hiring practices of questionable firms, but the ministry’s track record in addressing the complaints of Singaporeans about unfair employment practices has been dismal, and it is unlikely that they will adequately follow-up with any unfair hiring practices, since this “framework” offers no legal bite or protection to Singaporeans, as it’s neither a law nor policy.

Finally, even if the “framework” would have served any purpose – which it does not – this “framework” only covers Singaporeans competing with Employer Pass applicants. This means that 60% to 70% of Singaporeans wouldn’t be covered by this “framework” anyway.

The question then is, why bother introducing the “framework” if the only aim is to placate the people but not introduce any real benefits to Singaporeans? I am not against the hiring of foreigners – however, if the government is not sincere about introducing “frameworks” (and not even a policy change), then the government might as well not introduce this at all.

The real reason why Singaporeans are unhappy with the influx of foreigners is because their wages have been depressed. And if indeed, the government is sincere about protecting Singaporeans, the government should implement minimum wage, and anti-discrimination laws.

As of now, the government chooses to introduce “frameworks” aimed at only mediating the presenting reasons for Singaporeans’ concerns, without addressing the underlying fundamental reasons of low and depressed wages. It is redundant to introduce “frameworks” which do not address underlying reasons and which are hollow in themselves.”

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3 comments

  1. Anon

    Now that the government have the FCF in place, it’s your fault if you do not land that job or make enough dough to pay the COE. You have been fairly considered and are found wanting. You may, however volunteer to do additional grassroot NS for your PAP MP to gain some merit so that you move up the queue for the crumbs and bones for your dinner. They have already given your lunch to the invited FTs.

  2. microsoft furbee

    why you police investigation han hui hui not investigation your dbs 900b share 900b dollar dont give public.
    left bankbook can type 900b why dont give them 50000sgd for student and adult. why your gov control the hougangmall park and this npark. why you dont give han hui hui go inside your posb give out 50000sgd on the book type cdp int ins sgx cpf gst?
    but you give posb worker and gov worker type cdp int ins sgx cpf gst on the book?
    we want the park we want the bank. how your police get the money? we want to raise your pay 50000sgd.
    why kate owe money? why usa owe money? why we raise police pay not to close the park. the open the park or employ roy and this han hui hui work inside the park like ymca after all this npark no one using why they work inside?
    next what are they doing at the park roy and han hui hui are working inside npark to raise donation like your president star charity 10m no search no investigation? ymca worth 750m no investigation? what we want is roy and han hui hui work inside the park with ymca gather donation open bank in ymca or work inside the dbs posb give out ymca card npark card and police card give them 50000sgd so that taxi bus car poor old student teacher nurse can get monthly allowance 50000sgd cpf int ins aig axa aia gst on the paper company book. this is not for you this is from your singapore president why goh grace amy joesphine worker party nea cannot open bank print money give the public 50000sgd the united nation worldbank usa china need 900b every min or singapore no more food and gas the share is 900b but if the ship all turn around and they ask your apply visa you not going to get any food even your bank share is 900b. we need roy and han hui hui go into the park office ymca office any bank and open google aig ymca roy theheartturth department counter as president star charity and give out banks card for the public 50000sgd card at the end put google or charity. if they not happy forward your letter to kate middleton facebook and tell lee is kate bank not his money is british money not his money for the public. and lee complain or his people or his police then all change to british flag employ british gov. and worker party become prime minister. your josephine goh manpower finance landtransport minister can open bank print money they will all work for usa gov. if the tourist do not get 50000allowance to grow food open business and loan 50m buy 750m share for all big company and they owe money we sack your gov for causing hongkong go into debt. if your police go against us can then we on music everywhere isd go into your house say your started the riot. this your lee and daughter idea. i their clerk i tell tell british gov raise your police pay. you dont believe go ask your worker party and pap see if they hear noise everywhere everyday no sleep and they wanted to rape them your lee idea he say he communist and want to cage british. i go tell microsoft to put everywhere 4taxi bus car so they dont rape anyone i also ask put 4japan tourist everywhere so if your gov go crazy at least we can split the bank profit. im obama microsoft cia nsa nasa china foreign affairs india president japan prime minister office lee manpower home affairs mindef clerk S8302715J NG ANSEN microsoft gov. im kate diplomat also go ask her i talking with this gov chat channel your lee have been using it ever since your airport open he told isd people go with his daughter go take the nets ezlink cash card machine atm from microsoft japan put here singapore post turn posb or royal mail turn singapore police post and turn singapore post. why kate spain queen japan princess cannot print money why they owe money why queen owe money they print themself who say need to vote for prime minister your bank also can print money president of posb give out money. is your gov coming out crab say need gold bar cannot change share price cannot loan money we dont care they owe 900b you loan another month or change share price 1silver bar buy 900b share why we give you free computer road highway hdb food we can tax all 900b. is your lee want your pay 1000sgd and your owe monthly 50000sgd and owe 750m for building and owe 50m for company he think is right cause he fear your riot. we think everyone should have 900b someday for now 50000sgd or we say your lee started the riot to sack british gov malaysia gov to claim own independent raise own flag hang kids for drugs cane people if the break the law. put sdp people into cold room drink cold water put butterfly into kids stomach flush their face into toilet if their in any gang. why your put 5000drugs in nfk hospital and print 5000cigarette. why india bank dont have 900b? why usa passport holder cannot get 50000visa monthly? lee not the only general we can employ taxi bus driver to be mas president print money give public. why lee dont give out mas to other country company print posb dollar ocbc voucher cpf gst ezlink card share a4size paper 900b share 900company. if ymca and npark and your police dont accept roy then we have to employ new worker and raise 10m ourself like president star charity. what your police can say is 1day ymca another day roy. or ymca together with roy inside the bank give out ymca cards 50000sgd. your police will just take them as beer people if they fight you walk them 200m let go thats its. the can topup cash card give the public like dbs posb. they can go inside the bank as give people the posb dbs citibank oub ocbc card end of card put charity put 50000sgd give people and tourist. grow 4m food give 900b untill united nation say no need money. we need 4m pork shit for gas or your car wont move. your mindef got 900b gold bar we got check we got tell you fill iras people why you tell usa people fill irs paper loan owe money they can open their own bank print their own money why wallstreet share usa bank share dont loan when dbs can sell voucher and topup cash card and change share price and can loan 50m buy 750m share topup papercompanybook left type share singtel gst why we owe cannot get 50000sgd allowance. microsoft gov. kate queen.

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