Trade Union denies Borneo Motors proposed 30% pay cut

Reported in the Straits Times, we understand that Sales executives of Borneo Motors, who spoke on condition of anonymity reported that the company was planning to cut commissions by $100 to $350 per car. In case you’re wondering: sales staff’s income averaged between $6,000 and $8,000 a month. Union Intervened To Help However, their trade […]

NUS peeping case: When good boys turn bad, should they be given a chance?

First, I have to state the obvious – this article is in no way implying whether this boy should, or should not be given a chance. What I’m trying to do, is step away from the “justice must be done” crowd and consider the societal context and hopefully, understand something that can help steer our […]

10 skills you need to learn pronto. Cause your career hinges on it.

The texture of employment is fast changing and I think there is no need to explain too much about what this is, or why it’s happening. It’s happening. That’s all you need to know. As businesses change in their needs, so do your skills. And the skill that every employee needs to go out and […]

Break out of the circle of misery

Don’t tolerate bad service, it makes both your day and the service provider’s more miserable. This is what I call, the circle of misery. Example: You buy your food from the most convenient, cheapest shop available for you and you think you’re putting up with bad service because that’s part of the price. The proprietor […]

Online falsehoods: Life goes on for the rest of us

I was really curious about what people thought of the proposed fake news laws. My writer and journalists friends are clearly enraged. So are the liberals, the dissents and the reformists.  But do Singaporeans care?  I came across the work of a reputable survey company and they happen to have just the answer for me. […]

What is wrongful dismissal anyway?

A employment relationship, is really a contractual relationship. And as with all contracts, there must be ways to call it to an end. All contracts should have an exit clause; Either party can call for termination by giving X number of days notice. Any other means of ending the relationship is a contractual breach. In […]

10 ways to improve your Grab Hitch chances

It is incorrect to say that only women (or at least those with prettier profile pics) get hitch rides. There are many other factors that run through a driver’s mind before he’s willing to accept a hitch.  (Actually men have an advantage. Men are usually more flexible, more appreciative and a safer gender to pick […]

The Reverse Streisand Effect

A self-proclaimed satanic band were disallowed to perform in Singapore hours before a scheduled concert last week.  In a time when the global narrative promotes inclusiveness, freedom of speech, love and acceptance, it is hardly surprising that there is an outpour of sympathy for the Devil.  But just like how there ought to be limits […]

This is what a solution to inequality looks like.

A lot of ink has been spent talking about how Singapore “doesn’t have minimum and/or living wages”. I’d like to cut short the argument right here and say, yes. We do. 1.) Progressive Wage Model: it requires you to pay a price floor, or you don’t get a licence to run your business.  Call it […]