The issue of discrimination was brought up by employment watchdog Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (Tafep). Half of the 300 over complaints against employers last year was about how they prefer to employ foreigners over Singaporeans.
Here is Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin's non-answer - Government 'does not entirely reject' workplace anti-discrimination laws
Tan Chuan-Jin's claim that govt 'does not entirely' reject workplace anti-discrimination is a half-hearted display of the govt's non-commitment to eradicate work discrimination. Imagine the govt says something like "we do not entirely reject anti-terror efforts." Doesn't that sound like the govt rejects some forms of anti-terrorism? Duh.
Extract from the above report from ST Online:
Of course laws themselves do not change mindsets of the wrongdoers. It is the enforcement of the laws and education that works. We need BOTH laws to deter, and education to create awareness.
Office workers arrive for work in the central business district of Singapore, on Thursday, Feb 18, 2010. The Government does not entirely reject implementing workplace anti-discrimination laws to protect Singaporeans, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
The Government does not entirely reject implementing workplace anti-discrimination laws to protect Singaporeans, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.
But the experience of some countries showed that laws in themselves do not change employers' mindsets so the Government still prefers to use persuasion to tackle workplace discrimination for now, added the minister.
Mr Tan said: "At the end of the day, we should aim for a balanced approach which can serve Singaporeans well in the long run."
So if at all, the minister is saying that the govt is too lazy to enforce those laws. Otherwise, what he means is that PAP is just buying time to delay legislation. I can't think of any other reason why the PAPpy guys are so slow, pussyfooting on the issue of anti-discrimination laws.