45 proposals from PAP MPs to ensure jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans

04 Sep 2020 5 min read

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At the 14th Parliament, PAP Members of Parliament represented their constituents to raise their varied concerns. With the ongoing pandemic, they focused on the most pressing matters to help Singaporeans get through the crisis, and prioritised the debates on saving and creating jobs for all Singaporeans.

The PAP MPs boldly put forth many proposals, such as tougher measures against hiring bias, capability-building, and efforts to support our work force. They are:

  1. MP for Pioneer SMC Patrick Tay Teck Guan proposed to raise the minimum qualifying salaries further for Employment Pass (EP) holders for infocomm technology (ICT) and professional services that include law, accountancy and consultancy, so as to guard against potentially discriminatory hiring.
  2. MP for West Coast GRC Foo Mee Har proposed implementing a dependency ratio or quota for EP holders in companies, with different ceilings and salary levels for different sectors, and to make sure senior managers are accountable for the hiring of these EP holders.
  3. MP for Jurong GRC Xie Yao Quan proposed reviewing the dependency ratio ceiling of healthcare professionals and other manpower strategies for the healthcare sector, especially in immediate and long-term care. 
  4. MP for Bukit Panjang SMC Liang Eng Hwa proposed a reduction in the overall demand for migrant labour.
  5. MP for West Coast GRC Ang Wei Neng proposed more proactivity in stopping companies with a high concentration of employment and S Pass holders of certain nationalities from employing these workers since the Ministry does active surveillance to identify such companies.
  6. MP for Jurong GRC Dr Tan Wu Meng proposed the “mystery shopper” methodology to identify companies with discriminatory hiring practices and identify soft discrimination before it becomes a bigger issue. 
  7. MP for Pioneer SMC Patrick Tay Teck Guan proposed publicising recalcitrant employers on the Fair Consideration Framework watchlist if they have not improved after one year of rehabilitation or assistance.
  8. Patrick Tay proposed that micro Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) be required to do mandatory retrenchment reporting because many of the malpractices and layoffs have come from micro SMEs and SMEs in the past few months.
  9. MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Joan Pereira proposed a consultative process between government and employers to find out what difficulties they face in hiring local workers, and work through these issues in a constructive manner.
  10. MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Sharael Bin Mohd Taha proposed stepping up enforcement and handing out harsher penalties to ensure firms abide by fair hiring practices. 
  11. MP for Sembawang GRC Poh Li San proposed a review of potentially unfair or discriminatory human resources practices to ensure that all companies are more gender neutral. 
  12. MP for Sembawang GRC Vikram Nair proposed for legislation to better protect individuals who feel they have been treated unfairly at the workplace.
  13. MP for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng proposed for legislation to make it illegal for employers to ask interviewees and employees about their marital status and plans to have children.
  14. Louis Ng also proposed for legislation to give employees rights to access flexible work arrangements.
  15. MP for West Coast GRC Foo Mee Har proposed that companies publish the selection criteria for jobs in detail for scrutiny.
  16. MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Yeo Wan Ling proposed the need to tweak our human resources policies and change our notion of employability to attract more Singaporeans to take up jobs in the emerging sectors.
  17. MP for Nee Soon GRC Carrie Tan Huimin proposed legislating workplace policies to support working caregivers and facilitate easier re-entry to work.
  18. MP for West Coast GRC Ang Wei Neng proposed the set up of a national Human Resource committee to engage the heads of human resource in large companies regularly to share with them best practices to help to form the Singaporean core.
  19. MP for Bukit Panjang SMC Liang Eng Hwa proposed hiring incentives, training allowances and subsidised traineeships to nudge companies to hire more locals.
  20. MP for MacPherson SMC Tin Pei Ling proposed for more help to young adults in Singapore’s workforce to take on potential leadership positions, beyond arming them with academic qualifications and technical skills.
  21. MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC Don Wee Boon Hong proposed allowing Singaporeans aged 25 and below to use their SkillsFuture credits to learn more about entrepreneurship to encourage more youths to become entrepreneurs. 
  22. MP for Tampines GRC and assistant secretary-general of NTUC Desmond Choo proposed for companies to convert traineeships into permanent positions.
  23. MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Ng Ling Ling proposed for more efforts to support the mature workforce in finding meaningful and dignifying work by systematically redesigning jobs, shifting workplace culture and human resource policies to institutionalise new possibilities for our maturing workforce.
  24. MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Mohamed Sharael Bin Mohd Taha proposed the need to redesign jobs to make the best use of workers’ experience and abilities as our workforce ages.
  25. MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Nadia Ahmad Samdin proposed to relook at social assistance schemes that mid-career professionals can qualify for, to ensure that they get targeted support since many of them are in the ‘sandwiched class’.
  26. MP for Jalan Besar GRC  and deputy secretary-general of NTUC Heng Chee How proposed a second tranche of the COVID-19 Support Grant and the Temporary Relief Fund to provide some relief to mature workers who are displaced or who face severe wage cuts.
  27. MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Joan Pereira proposed for more social assistance for the sandwiched class especially in the event of any job termination where help would be needed to tide over the difficult period.
  28. MP for Nee Soon GRC Derrick Goh Soon Hee proposed using additional data points proactively to identify those falling in the ‘should help’ category so that the Self Employed Persons Income Relief Scheme (SIRS)could be considered.
  29. MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Eric Chua Swee Leong proposed for more help to Singaporeans in non-white-collar roles through the promotion of apprenticeships in our system.
  30. MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Hany Soh Hui Bin proposed for the community’s support and the government’s backing in implementing transitional parking for food delivery riders.
  31. MP for Tampines GRC Dr Koh Poh Koon proposed for the progressive wage model (PWM) to be expanded at a faster pace and made universal to all sectors eventually to protect more workers from stagnating wages.
  32. MP for Marine Parade GRC Mohd Fahmi Aliman proposed for the enhancement of the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) Scheme to benefit more workers and their families and strengthen our social security net, with a higher payout for workers in the essential services to acknowledge their social value.
  33. Fahmi Aliman proposed a greater differentiation in the pay-outs of WIS for full-time versus part-time workers.
  34. MP for Jurong GRC Dr Tan Wu Meng proposed for higher renumeration for our nurses and allied health workers.
  35. MP for Marymount SMC Gan Siow Huang proposed greater investment in building up skills of the local workforce so that they are adaptive and skilled in diverse fields, and remain highly employable in the face of disruption.
  36. MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Saktiandi Bin Supaat proposed the expansion of the Capability Transfer Programme to nudge companies to set targets for firms to transfer skills and knowledge from foreign to local workers.
  37. MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Alvin Tan Sheng Hui proposed for greater effort to prepare Singaporeans to compete on the global platform and take on emerging jobs as working remotely becomes the new norm.
  38. MP for Jalan Besar GRC Dr Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah proposed for a four-and-a-half-day work week with the remainder half day dedicated to skills training to support adult learners.
  39. MP for East Coast GRC Jessica Tan Soon Neo proposed for employers to have clear development plans to grow the Singaporean core and build a pipeline of locals to fill senior roles.
  40. MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Alex Yam Ziming proposed for vocational and technical skills to be valued in our society.  
  41. MP for West Coast GRC Rachel Ong Sin Yen proposed for greater efforts to  find ways to help our people to identify their full range of skills in different life stages, open up new possibilities for them, and in the process, strengthen our Singapore Core.
  42. Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Edward Chia Bing Hui proposed for greater partnership with entrepreneur to evolve, help them with a soft landing, provide them a longer runway and help them re-start through enhancing our existing grant schemes.
  43. MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Desmond Tan Kok Ming proposed for a greater community partnership to aid children who may not have a good start, to ensure they receive a good education so as to ensure that there will always be social mobility in our society.
  44. MP for East Coast GRC Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman proposed for additional resources and effort to uplift the disadvantaged and help them benefit from opportunities to success.
  45. MP for Sembawang GRC Mariam Jaafar proposed for companies to make their hiring and career progression and retention decisions based on skills of the Singaporeans, beyond paper and experience.