$3,000 salary for dishwasher? Terms & Conditions apply!

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Mr Douglas Foo of home-grown local Japanese restaurant chain Sakae Sushi is an admirable Singaporean son. He is our local success story. He embodies and encapsulates that Singapore dream that many of us yearn for.

Since that infamous statement made by him over a local radio station that he couldn’t find dish washers at $3,000 a month, he has caused lots of controversy in cyberspace. Singapore netizens have called for the boycott of home-grown local Japanese restaurant chain Sakae Sushi following the $3,000 dishwasher fiasco.

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I read up a little about Mr Douglas Foo’s career and achievements. He truly personifies the Chinese saying, “白手起家 bái shǒu qǐ jiā ” – English translation meaning starting from scratch with nothing. [白手,空手。形容在原来一无所有或条件很差的情况下,靠自己的双手艰苦创业.]

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Mr Douglas Foo wasn’t born with a golden spoon. He didn’t inherit any fortune. He works his way up using his ingenuity and business acumen to build up his business empire spanning hundred over Japanese shusi business outlets locally and overseas. He even owns a building at Paya Lebar Road.

Even in his university days in Australia, he worked part time to supplement his allowances. Yes, he is a hard worker indeed. Maybe because he is such a tenacious worker that he expects his staff to work like a bull. He expects his staff to earn every single cent working 12 hours a day for 6 days with a day off just like a blue ass fly.

If he had only spoken the truth; nothing but the whole complete truth, would there be any controversy? If he did state clearly his terms and conditions paying $3,000 a month salary to a dishwasher in that radio programme hosted by that MP would there be any public outcry? Maybe, he just wanted to make a politically correct statement which backfired on him. Like what Bee Gees would have said, “he started the joke and now, the joke is on him!”

That led to another interesting question. Why did he not tell the whole complete truth? He only spoke half the truth. He distinctly stated in that radio programme that it’s working 9 hrs a day with extra commitment and so on. Later, his staff clarified that it’s actually 12 hours inclusive of OT and not 9 hours. Was he not aware of the working hours of his dishwasher? Was it an honest mistake or did he let down his guard?

What message was he trying to convey to the listeners. We know that the government highly endorsed him by giving him a string of awards over the years for his many achievements. He was even bestowed a medal on National Day. Was he harping along the government adage that there are so many well paying jobs around but locals are choosy refusing to take up? Is he trying to counter the locals’ outrage in our local job market already flooded with low skilled cheap foreigners where citizens are edged out and that the government has finally come to it’s senses and is now tightening the foreign workers tap to reduce the flow? What was his agenda in making that statement to that MP in the radio programme and the listeners?

Why didn’t that brilliant MP probe further on that quotable statement – “$3,000 for dishwashers yet can’t get locals” – it may not be the exact words in the statement made by Mr Douglas Foo but it sounded something like that.

As expected, some of our scholar MPs took an immediate liking to that statement earning immediate praises until the whole truth or half truth is exposed. The cards are now open. Netizens reacted angrily with all kinds of expletives thrown in. Some even went as far as to call for a boycott. What a langgar situation.

Another Chinese saying best describes Mr Douglas Foo’s incendiary blunder.
[ 聪明一世,糊涂一时
基本解释:
聪明一辈子,临时却糊涂起来。指一向聪明的人,偶尔在某件事上犯糊涂。 ] You may be smart all your life but it takes only a moment of folly for people to recognize you!

We do not know his true intention in making that statement. We can only speculate. Ultimately only he knows. It’s still not too late to damage control rather than adopt a self-denial mode. Like what Mr Fish says, you can’t screw fool all the people all the time.

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Comments from netizen Winking Doll

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The above story makes me respect even more our another local Singaporean son, founder of local icon Creative Technology. Over the years, I’ve always made an effort buy Creative products. I just bought their WP250 Creative stereo headset Link. I’m sure many of you share the same affinity with me.

I just feel that commerical companies should have social responsibilites to the country as well. I salute Sim Wong Hoo for his ability to perform some social responsibilites and adding a personal touch. How many CEOs can do this?

quote:
Sad to retrench, Sim gives $500,000 to staff
By Tammy Tan MONEY NEWS EDITOR

CREATIVE Technology founder Sim Wong Hoo is forking out $500,000 of his own money for his retrenched workers – and hopes other wealthy chief executives here will do the same.

Under the scheme, all retrenched executive staff here will get $2,000 each as a ‘gift’ from Mr Sim, whose homegrown company is the world’s largest maker of computer soundcards.

If they need more money, they will each get another $2,000 in the form of an interest-free loan – no questions asked. ‘If they pay me back, the money goes to charity. If not, it’s okay,’ he said.

For genuine hardship cases, Mr Sim is prepared to give yet another interest-free loan of $2,000, but staff will have to go through a ‘review committee’ to prove that they really need the money.

He said the staff cuts were hard to make ‘but as CEO, I have a responsibility to my shareholders… But we’re also a company with heart and we want to do what we can to help’.

Source

Below is a brief write-up on Mr Douglas Foo.

Douglas Foo (b. 1969, Singapore – ), is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Apex-Pal International Ltd., a public listed food and beverage company which owns and operates Sakae Sushi, one of the leading kaiten (conveyer belt) sushi chains in Singapore. The success of Sakae Sushi has won the company accolades such as the Enterprise 50 Award in 2002, the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (Regional) in 2006 and the Singapore 1000 Award in 2007. In recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit, Foo was awarded the Rotary-ASME Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.

Early Life
Foo, the eldest of three children, was born in Singapore in 1969. His father, an immigrant from Hainan, China, worked as a mechanical and electrical consultant. Foo received his early education at the Red Swastika Primary School where he was both a top student and prefect. He went on to study at Dunman High School and Victoria Junior College. In college, he was active in sports and participated in long-distance running, laser sailing and windsurfing.

After his “A” levels, he served his National Service with the Air Force. During his military service, Foo would read on topics relating to radar and electronics in order to understand the workings of the missile systems. It was then that he discovered that his interest did not lay in engineering. Though he had already secured a place with the engineering school at the Nanyang Technological University, Foo decided to make the switch to study Business Administration. However his grades did not qualify for the university’s business school. So, aided in part by funds from his parents, Foo enrolled in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia for his degree in Business Administration (Finance), where he graduated with distinctions in 1994.

The Value of Money

Foo was taught the value of money from an early age. Once, when he was ten, Foo called his father to ask for a lift home because he was running a fever. His father, instead, chided him for wasting 10 cents on the phone call, and told him that their house was within walking distance from school, and that he should make his own way home. Foo was also given a modest monthly allowance of $50 for his food, transport and outings.

To supplement his pocket money, he would give tuition from 8 am to 11 pm on weekends, earning up to $5000 a month. He also worked during the six months vacation before his National Service. His typical day then involved taking turbine readings at Pulau Seraya in the mornings, giving relief teaching at Pin Yi Secondary School in the afternoons, and conducting door-to-door market surveys in the evenings. He also worked briefly as a baker at Delifrance, where he met his wife. When Foo was studying in Australia, he continued to earn his pocket money by selling shoes at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

Early Career
After Foo returned from Australia, he worked as a marketing executive with the real estate arm of Tokyu Group. In the course of his work, he formed friendships with a number of Japanese clients, some of whom who traveled to Singapore to buy garments for the Japanese market. Through these networks, one of his Japanese business contacts approached him to start a business to manufacture garments in India for sale in Japan. Foo decided to take the plunge despite an attractive counter offer from his employer and his lack of experience in the fashion business. He invested $100,000 from his savings and registered Apex-Pal in 1996. The trading office was located in International Plaza, and a factory with fifty workers equipped with reconditioned sewing machines from Taiwan was set up in India. The business turned in profits in the first year.

The Beginnings of Sakae Sushi

With the success of the garment manufacturing and trading business, Foo began to explore various ways to diversify the business. He looked at the basic needs of consumers and decided that the food business would be a good industry to venture into. He conducted a survey and found that Singaporeans were becoming more conscious of their health and what they eat. Among the various cuisines, Japanese food was generally considered to be one of the healthiest. However, at that time, it was also a relatively expensive dining choice for the masses. Hence Foo came up with the business proposition to offer Japanese food at affordable prices. By targeting the middle-class masses, the company would be less vulnerable to economic downturns. Foo’s price consciousness also stemmed in part from his strict upbringing. But his Japanese partner was reluctant to take on this new venture due to the Japanese economic slump. In the ensuing months, Foo faced the uphill task of raising funds to buy out his partners share and to set up the sushi business as well.

In planning for Sakae Sushi, Foo made trips to Japan and Hong Kong to study the operations of conveyor-belt sushi joints. He decided to implement a single price for all colour plates (with the exception of delicacies on red plates) because he felt that the various colour plates (indicating the different prices of sushi dishes) used in Japanese restaurants deterred customers from ordering more. He also created a dining concept for Sakae Sushi to differentiate the restaurant from other Japanese dining establishments. Sakae Sushi has a conveyor belt system to deliver its sushi, and customers have their own water taps to make their tea as well as interactive menus to place their orders. Over time, the company added innovations such as sushi-making robots and portable conveyor belts for catered dining.

The first Sakae Sushi outlet opened at the OUB Centre at Raffles Place in the midst of the Asian financial crisis in September 1997. Despite the weak economic situation, the business took off. Today, there are Sakae Sushi outlets in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and China, and Apex-Pal has added ten other brands to its portfolio.

Personal Awards

2008: Commendation, Singapore Youth Award

2007: Public Service Medal, National Day Awards

2007: International Management Action Award

2005: Health Leader (Excellence) Award by the Singapore Human Resource Institute

2004: ASEAN Youth Award

2003: Singapore Youth Award

2002: Rotary-ASME Entrepreneur of the Year (joint winner)

2002: Top Outstanding Young Person Award by Junior Chamber of Singapore

2002: Merit, Yazhou Zhoukan Chinese Entrepreneur Award

Hobbies

In his free time, Foo enjoys tennis, long-distance running and swimming.

Author

Shivaranjani Subramaniam

References

Ang, E. & Chang, P. Y. H. (2004). Winning strokes (pp. 39-59). Singapore: Nouveau Pub.
(Call no.: RSING q920.05957 PEO)

Sakae Sushi – where F&B, tech meet. (2000, October 2). Business Times Singapore. Retrieved April 23, 2009, from Factiva database.

Tan, R. L. (2008, July 27). My McSushi dream. Straits Times. Retrieved April 23, 2009, from Factiva database.

Theresianto, N. (2008, February 11). Corporate: Apex-Pal expands its Sakae Sushi empire. The Edge Singapore. Retrieved April 23, 2009, from Factiva database.

The information in this article is valid as at 2009 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2009.

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53 Responses to $3,000 salary for dishwasher? Terms & Conditions apply!

  1. Roaring Lion says:

    Every entrepreneur may have his/her humble beginning in the early life for which many people may not know what tough situations they have gone through. The life experience may succumb his/her character to the 2 extremes; a loving-kindness or calculative individual.

    • Don’t you think it’s better to have more local entrepreneurs like Sim of Creative?

      • Roaring Lion says:

        Gintai, I am very much agreed to the idea of having more local entrepreneurs! I would like to see it as an iconic, unique and special in the way only Singapore can identify with and proud of.

        • Unfortunately, our Tiger Beer which fits your description of “iconic, unique and special in the way only Singapore can identify with and proud of” is going, going and gone. Hopefully not to the Thais. When we bought their statelite and Telco, there was so much cowpeh cowbu until our good fren got into trouble ended up as a refugee and divorcee. Now the Thais are taking over our Tiger Beer. Why no noise from our locals? So quiet?

          • Roaring Lion says:

            The acquisition of thai telco may implicate her national security, they have all the reason to shout about. However, our iconic beer, like any countries beer, is popularized by how the locals defined them. In fact, the locals have many preferences of beer brands. Thus, it is quite conclusive that not many people support Tiger beer. In addition, there are many low-cost beer brands, from China, India Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, entered our markets in which consumers have a large variety of choices.

          • But our Tiger Beer has been with us for decades. We grow up with it. It belongs to us. Tiger beer is from Sg.

          • Roaring Lion says:

            To be very honest, do the locals feel proud of the Tiger beer like the Denmark with Carlsberg or Dutch the Heineken?

            Both Danish and Dutch have very strong heritage of beer brewery that drinking beer is part of their culture. On the other hand, our culture is rather mixed up that many people choose to be in the state of apathy even though the iconic beer is lost.

            I think in order for iconic brand to last a lifetime, the driving force is to “provide & protect the locals in assets and job securities where people are nurtured to do a good job”. That’s where people will have the ownership in the product. If there is a challenge from outside, they will fight the tooth and nail to secure it.

  2. Mentality says:

    I believe Douglas Foo made a mistake in his stated condition,but the joke is really on the Minister and PAP elites like Ong who took an instant liking to “You see,$3,000 for dishwashers yet can’t get locals” it is the mentality to run down our own ciitizens which must change.

    • Correct! That fiasco clearly demonstrates beyond all reasonable doubt what sort of leaders we have – the quality, standard and EQ. Now you know why our beloved little red dot we all love so much is in such a mess? With leaders like those jumping onto the bandwagon without first establishing the hidden meanings, half-truths or fine prints and delightedly endorsing a “mistake” publicly speak volume of their competency and capability. Really, I’m worried for the future of my country. Really langgar!

      • i thinketh therefore i am! says:

        Don’t worry. Soon either Mr. Foo or some sycophantic MP will clearify that they have missed quoted or that the statement was taken out of context or something like that. This is their standard oprration procedure (SOP).

        • I would prefer to use the term “modus operendi!” It is expected. We know them very well through and through after all these years. Don’t we?

  3. paul says:

    Very often, if customer service give only partial correct answer, it will make people upset, uphappy. In this instance, clearly the $3k salary come with other conditions which he did not mention (for whatever reasons). Can’t help but feeling that it is with intention to side with the policy for the massive influx of Foreginers. It is no wonder that that comments caused unhappiness among Singaporeans.
    Isn’t the type of ” 3k also cannot get local, thus we need Foreginers to fill in the positions” logic? While there are complains about Companies employing Foreginers because they are cheaper, Mr Foo conveniently hinted that Singaporeans are choosy and not willing to do jobs even the pay above graduate’s starting pay. While people complains of jobless, low pay, govt rebutted with “Singaporean are too choosy” type of comments.
    If the manpower’s policies are based on the Industrial’s feedback (particualy with this type of “partial truth” feedbacks, i think it is not hard to understand the failure of the policy. With people like Mr Foo taking part in National Conversation with PM, in our hearts we know what to expect on real outcome of the National Conversation.

  4. agongkia says:

    No intention to langgar with anyone but I just want to highlight that for anyone paying 2.3K to 2.9K to a manpower supplier for a contract staff and claim that he have problem paying 3K directly to the contract staff is not doing anyone any good.
    Local workers already have the wrong impression that their employers are out there to exploit them and do not know that many clients pay their supplier a low contract fees.
    To say a local worker can be paid 3 K and no takers will not only paint a wrong picture but will also make our workers less hard working as they will think they are exploited by their employers.
    It is also wrong for reporters to report that the job is tough just by having a trial at the kitchen for half a day.
    Such job to me is sub sub soay.

  5. When you advertise, you always use gimmicks and half truths. That’s almost SOP in the commercial world. People should always take such claims with a big pinch of salt. We should cut Mr Foo some slack. He’s just promoting his own business by highlighting the positive aspects. Not perfectly honest, but quite understandable. Maybe instead, we should shake our heads at the pathetic attempts of some “hero” who tried to highlight that S’poreans are lazy and fussy people based on such gimmicks.

    • Toothfully,
      You are correct. It seems that his hidden agenda albeit dishonest is to make use of the radio station to advertise for dishwashers. Now he got hundreds of responses without paying a cent for advertisement. Yes gimmick was used. He had the last laugh after all. What a smart businessman. We are all misled including our MIWs.

      • agongkia says:

        Dun be naive.My childhood friend Tua Pow Sian aka Tua Sian Tow oso say the same thing .Not becos he is smart but talk big too much become a habit.Now regret ,worry people will apply so say job is tough .
        I told my Tua Pow Sian that a successful businessman to me means he can outsource those unnecessary and petty job to others and concentrate in expanding his business.But he lucky.People think he successful so he anyhow say pig can fly people oso believe him.Can say he smart some more.Why I tell the truth no one believe me?
        Becos I not successful mah.

        • Agonkia,
          People will only listen to you if you are rich or powerful. If you got tons of money to spare, they will name a hospital after you. If you are elected into parliament, 64 directorships will be given to you! If you are a nobody, no one notice you. ‘Tua Pow Sian’ will not get you far in life cuz one day you will be exposed! That’s life.

  6. Claudia says:

    Thanks for writing about this =) I seriously wonder how much they are paying their existing dishwashers. Also, what are the working hours of their existing dishwashers.

    • According to one netizen’s comment reproduced on my post, the working conditions are terrible.

    • Hi Claudia,
      You requested me to write this topic right?
      Our MOM labour law states that 44 hrs per wk is allowed. Above that is OT. Max OT per month is 72 hrs. If you work 12 hrs a day for six days is exactly 72 hrs! It’s NOT within the MOM guideline. If it’s 12 hrs daily clearly exceeds 72 hrs per month. Read here http://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/employment-rights-conditions/hours-of-work-and-overtime/Pages/default.aspx
      It is clearly stated unless special permission granted. Why is MOM quiet abt this practice? Where’s the worker’s rights?
      Other countries such as UK is 36 or 38 hrs per wk. We are the highest among the first world countries.

      • Claudia Chia says:

        Yup. 12 hours a day for 6 days is quite crazy. But I don’t think that their existing workers/dishwashers work this much or get paid this much. If I remember correctly, I saw their advertisement pasted in their outlets some time ago before that they are hiring workers. Salary range is about $1.5k-$2k for various positions even including the supervisors role. Quite strange that suddenly there is this fiasco. I appreciate the Singaporeans first concept but not under this kind of crazy working conditions!

        • The total working hours of 12 hrs a day for silicon days with a day off clearly contravenes our labour law. The law states 44 hrs per week and a max of 72 hrs OT unless special permission is granted.

          • Claudia Chia says:

            Dont think that the MOM will do anything unless the staff themselves gather together to make an official complaint to them.

  7. ang sar lee says:

    I used to hold Apex-Pal (Sakae Sushi holding company) shares and one year (can not remember must be between 2003-2006) during the recession period while reading Annual Report, I read that Douglas and his wife bought the company’s building on the cheap and then lease it back to the company back to collect rental. While it is perfectly legitimate and fully disclosed, alarm bells rung and I have no more trust in this guy since. My point is take it with a pinch of salt what he said, by quoting a $3000 figure without qualifiers, his motive is to con(vince) the government to open the door wider for more cheap workers to come in. Just like many “shrewd” businessman would.

    • Sar Lee,
      Thks for your comments. Just as I thought. Trying to pressure the govt on admitting more cheap foreigners so that he could reap even more profits.

      • ang sar lee says:

        I think a more sincere example is Old Chang Kee, they really hire locals esp the aged, they even hired Malays despite it is a traditional Chinese stores, OCK is a truly local hero IMHO. How many such local enterprises are as sincere as them and the best part, they never complain that they are short of local employees, that says something. On the contrary, I see fast food chain like McDonalds and BK tends to hire many pinoys and indians when Government relaxes the rules and when Government started to tighten the rules such as lately, they begin to hire back the aunties and the part time students. They are not the only ones, many local businesses do that as well, these businessmen are the loudest in complaining but has been profiteering to the brink at the expense of the not-so-privileged fellow countrymen..

  8. kuaychap_kia says:

    Why blame our country leaders when they could be scratching their head trying to figure out solutions for the many problems besetting our country?

    At the end of the day, I feel sorry for our Ministers and MPs because they have a heavy burden to find solutions to the many problems in Singapore. On one hand, I always feel that it is business people themselves who could have contributed to the ‘slavery’ of the workforce by making people work so hard. The way I look at it, why are companies complaining about high cost when their businesses are doing well? Not that they are about to go bankrupt hence desperately need to cut labour cost or face closing the business, risking making their employees redundant? Less profit, so be it. What’s wrong right? If got losses, so be it lor, business is like that mah, some days are good, some days are not. Cannot upgrade to Rolls Royce, so be it lor, Toyota Camry also very good liao. Some of our presently successful entrepreneurs might have in the past taken bus to work.

    Sigh….people’s greed and love for MORE money these days can be scary. Money is necessary, it’s nice to have more money. But the love of it is warped because when one have money, MORE money is wanted. Money never enough….

    • Money is the root of all evils? Is that what you trying to say?

      • Cil SB Tro says:

        Don’t believe everything Mr Foo says. Don’t be a pawn. Any way money is never the root of all evil. Don’t anyhow quote. It is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil.

      • kuaychap_kia says:

        Money is NOT the root of all evil. The LOVE of it is. In my last paragraph, I am bringing it to the next new level, that is the LOVE for MORE MONEY. Last time only LOVE money now LOVE MORE MONEY.

        • Who doesn’t love more and more money? Don’t you? 你对钱过不去吗?傻瓜!

          • kuaychap_kia says:

            Alan, LOVE and LIKE can be very different.

            It is generally an accepted point LOVE is for noble purposes like loving your child, which means in moment of danger, you would sacrifice your life for the LOVE of your child to save his/her life. But if you LOVE money, you would sacrifice your soul too for money, then.

            We all LIKE to have MORE money. But if we cannot have MORE, then we have to accept that life is like that. But if one start to LOVE money, he/she may do all things to have it. That includes selling his/her soul to immorality which can include stealing or robbing.

          • I thought we already lost our soul long time ago. Everything in this society is about money. One good example is that once u enter a hospital, they worry u can’t pay. They keep talking about money instead of your health. Don’t know meh?

          • Hi agongkia and kuaychapkia,
            According to Lohcifer. This saying is from here.
            “1 Timothy 6:10
            New International Version (NIV)
            10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

            http://mobile.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Timothy+6%3A10&version=NIV

          • Lohcifer says:

            The original quote is from the Bible. 1 Timothy 6:10. Check it out.

          • patriot says:

            Seems like non christian will never get to understand that love for money causes behaviourial and social problem.

            Do all christians know and understand love for money is root of all evils?

            patriot

    • ang sar lee says:

      Our country leaders are merely trying to solve the problems that they have created by themselves a few years ago. Admittedly,MBT, WKS and Raymond Lim had stepped down, some of the masterminds behind the real cause to the current state of unhappiness, conflicts and discomfort are still there. Not that we have no growth that we have to bring in a million people over the last few years and still growing, a blistering 14.7% in 2010 which surpass the previous record of 13.8 percent set in 1970, is not something that the citizens were asking. Now should be a time for better Quality of life (hopefully higher fertility rate), social bonding and national building etc. The blistering growth in the last few years only benefits the investors, the speculators, the rich and the businessmen at the expense of people living here to face the hardship to come.

      • Yup. Bottom 20% see no direct benefits in terms of pay rise but everything keep rising esp housing, medical, transport etc Some how due to the increasing demands generated from more foreigners here esp housing, road space and hospital beds! Don’t forget also the govt reap lots of money from foreign worker levies. Only the average working class ppl are the main losers. Some took the convenient short cut by trying their luck in the casinos resulting in more deep shit!

    • Claudia Chia says:

      Haiz~ At the end of the day, I feel that there are some things which are much more important than money. However, sometimes people around you keep comparing, etc.. you may get disillusioned and chase after money. Oh well~ =.=

  9. SG Girl says:

    By the way, Gintai, employers could still make staff work long hours without breaking the law by breaking up the salary into: basic pay, allowance, attendance and over time. They would assure future to-be-staff the full salary at month end. What is not told during interview was that when staff takes MC, the attendance and allowance portion would be deducted. :)

    • Not to forget about your annual appraisal also. Your bonus or no bonus also depend on all these factors. I’ve heard of staff not getting any bonus even though company making lots of profits due to MCs. The best part is that MCs due to chicken pox. They don’t care. To them you are unproductive!

  10. patriot says:

    Success more often breeds greed
    and greed is the source of all evil..

    Many of the worst people are politician
    and business folks.

    When politician colludes with business
    people, the society invariably becomes
    lousy and shitty.

    patriot

    • wanking says:

      Patriot, anyone who bothers to read the Bible will acknowledge that the saying “the love of money is the root of all evil” originates from the Bible. It is from Paul’s epistle to young Timothy.

  11. kuaychap_kia says:

    Is it in Sweden that the rich are taxed heavily? If we tax the rich heavily, there will be spread of wealth and there wouldn’t be too many people enslave to working hard for pittance? Just my 1 cent worth lah

  12. agongkia says:

    But have to be fair to our local employers especially the smaller SMEs.
    My company has 100% locals, got no FWs or FTs and towkay die die always says SINgaporean First.But I think he goondu.Must have some FT or FWs to wake up locals.
    Many locals are indeed inferior to FWs.Want high pay but dun admit they are already less productive .Many are good in complaining ,klkk and cbtc.
    They always think that company got profit because of them and feel that they are indispensable.
    SINgaporean themselves must learn to work hard and contribute instead of complaining .

    “Agongkia,what is klkk and cbtc?”

    Agongkia says:Kia Lai Kia Kee,cho bo tai chee.
    Better chow from here.

  13. lonelyreload says:

    wow, i wanna work…

  14. wanking says:

    By the way Sakae Sushi is NOT sushi. No Japanese will eat there even if all other restaurants in the world have closed.

  15. patriot says:

    I will eat Sakae Sushi products if they are free of charge
    provided the foods passed the NEA Requirement of hygiene
    and safety.
    By the way, me has very little liking for Japanese Food, born
    such and not that i discrimate against Sakae Sushi or all
    other Japanese Food Stuff.

    And also by the way my frens, me needs no one to tell me
    that You are humans. and i do not need religion to take care
    of myself.

    patriot

  16. First of all, I would like to appreciate the effort that you have put in making such an informative blog. I enjoyed this post of yours and I must say that every time I come back to your blog, I always have something new and informative to read. Thanks for keeping me updated.

    • Security Consultants,
      Thank you. FYI, I will be taking a break after this Sat. Pls look out for my last entry and offer your perspective. Cheers.

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