July 17, 2007
Siew Kum Hong said:
The second question was about the 170,000-odd new jobs created in Singapore. One of the interesting nuances in the media coverage on this was that the reports always talked about "locals" getting XXX number of the new jobs and "foreigners" getting YYY number.
And this was really because the data released by the Ministry was on those terms. There was no breakdown in how many of the "locals" who got these new jobs were Singapore citizens and how many were PRs (and I knew that citizens + PRs = locals).
So I decided to ask.
I think the Minister basically dodged the question, in particular the follow-up portions about extrapolating the numbers from income tax and CPF data.
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