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31 AUG 2021  |  ISSUE 364

Dear Members and Friends

There is much to celebrate in the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally Speech delivered on 29 August. Discrimination at the workplace will be illegal when the current TAFEP guidelines are enshrined in law. Not only is this the right thing to do, the planned approach is the best one for all parties too. Conciliation and mediation will be the main ways disputes are dealt with leaving legal recourse as a last resort.

Balancing this were the Prime Minister’s comments about EP and S pass holders. Requirements will be tightened over time to ensure EP and S pass applicants are of the right quality to strengthen team Singapore. The importance of keeping Singapore open to investment and the talent needed to complement our own was clearly restated.

It was encouraging to hear MOM is studying how to improve the working conditions and protections for delivery and other workers. Again, we need to do right by all the people who enable our lives. As I said in a recent response to a question in The Business Times “We say we want a more equal society. We have to be prepared to pay for it.”

Cheering too were the Prime Minister’s comments on racial harmony with planned legislation in the form of a Maintenance of Racial Harmony Bill. Once enacted, this will protect and strengthen our multi-culturalism and outlaw poisonous racist abuse and racism. Majulah Singapura!

Have a productive week ahead!

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive
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