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New Year Greetings and Message from the PM Lee December 31, 2008

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Uncategorized.
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This year’s message makes me feel that we need change in the way we work and live in order to survive and live well in such times. Though its not such a pretty piece of news, there are still ways of getting this through. Am drafting some ideas and thoughts in to prepare for 2009.

PM Lee’s 2009 speech

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Pay cut spreads to Statutory boards December 31, 2008

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Economy, life challenges, Minister pay cut, statutary boards.
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Its the first time since I was born that top ranking government officials and heads at statutory boards take such a massive pay cut. Temasek holdings chief Ho Ching volunteers to have her annual pay cut by as much as 25%. This may well trigger other sectors of the economy to stand up and go for individual pay cuts. The aim for this is to keep jobs. Pay cuts are much higher for whiet collar jobs while the best is to not cut any for blue collar workers. Employers are also advised to not retrench workers. Instead they are advised to send their workers for skills upgrading/training, which the government will offer subsidize the cost of training.

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Singaporean cabinet ministers to take paycut December 30, 2008

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Economy, life challenges, Minister pay cut, Uncategorized.
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All the cabinet ministers including the Minister Mentor, Senior Minister and the rest are to take pay cut.

This may prompt the entire civil service sector to make similar moves in lieu of the current global economic crisis. The way I see it, it may spell that more challenging times ahead.

http://www.post1.net/lowem/entry/singapore_ministers_civil_servants_2009_pay_cut_up_to_19_on_gdp_decline_singapore_recession