The central theme in this year’s May Day Rally is “Better jobs for all”. We need economic growth to generate jobs, especially good jobs that pay reasonably well. Our unemployment rate is 2.1%, which is technically considered as full employment. In comparison, the unemployment rate is 8.2% in US, 8.4% inUKand 24.4% inSpain.
Even though unemployment rate is low inSingapore, there are many residents, especially those above the age of 50, who are unable find a job. I was told by these residents whom I met during my weekly house visits that they are keen to work, but employers are not too keen to have them. On the other hand, many employers lamented to me that they cannot find enough workers.
Hence, we are partnering with e2i to hold a job fair at the multi purpose hall of Jurong Green Community Club (JGCC) on the 24th and 25th of May. The aim of this job fair is to get as many unemployed residents to find a job and enjoy the workfare (http://www.workfare.sg) as well. For Singaporeans who are earning an average of $1,000 a month and are between 35 and 44 years old, they would receive a $1,050 workfare income supplement from the government each year, or an average of $87.50 a month. For Singaporeans who are above 60 years old and earning an average of $1,000 a month, the workfare income supplement is $2,800 a year or $233.33 a month (http://mycpf.cpf.gov.sg/NR/rdonlyres/2BE8F97B-E10C-4BC9-BC86-2D60C6B0C162/0/WIS_EEBenefits.pdf). Hence, please pass the message around and ask your friends, neighbours, parents who are not working but are looking for a job to rush down to JGCC on 24th and 25th of May.
Next, let me move on to some local news in Jurong Central. I am glad that more than 75% of the residents in Blk 311-316, Jurong East St 32 have voted for the Neighbourhood Renewal Program (NRP). I also had a dialogue with residents in Blk 409-422, Jurong West St 42 on 7 Apr 12 and they had actively given feedback about NRP in their precincts. We would incorporate their views and fine-tune the proposed NRP plan before the actual NRP poll in Sep 12. Meanwhile, I hope residents can understand and put up with the short term inconveniences such as noise, dust, etc. during the various upgrading projects (LUP, HIP, NRP) for longer term benefits.
Meanwhile, you could interact with me via my Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/angweineng.mp. I hope to see you soon in one of the community events.
Ang Wei Neng
Advisor to Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisations and
MP for Jurong GRC