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    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singa...040629048.html


    SPP protests termination of Potong Pasir town council staff

    The SPP protests new MP Sitoh Yih Pin's (left) decision to axe 16 Potong Pasir town council staff. (Yahoo!

    The Singapore People's Party (SPP) has written to the newly-elected MP for Potong Pasir SMC Sitoh Yih Pin to protest the latter's termination of 16 Potong Pasir Town Council staff.


    All except three of the staff were served one-month termination notice letters, and asked to re-apply for employment to Sitoh's newly-appointed managing agent, EM Services, which also looks after eight other town councils.


    Under this arrangement, they may be deployed to any of the other town councils, and their employment conditions will also be subject to change, under the jurisdiction of their new employer.


    In a letter submitted to the Potong Pasir Town Council's new general manager Ms Soh Chor Yin on Thursday morning, SPP second assistant secretary-general Benjamin Pwee said the change in management was not rational ground for termination to their contract of employment.


    Pwee's letter also called for either reinstatement of employment of the staff, or an appropriate retrenchment or severance package.


    About 30 members of the SPP also signed the letter, claiming that Sitoh had previously promised his Potong Pasir opponent Lina Chiam that he would "keep all the staff at the Town Council", and further, that he would honour his words.

    In the recently-concluded General Elections, incumbent SPP candidate Lina Chiam lost the Potong Pasir single-member constituency by a slim 112 votes to the PAP's Sitoh.


    On Wednesday, Sitoh Yih Pin said he had not promised to keep the staff and that he had instead told Mrs Chiam, "Since you asked, I will try my best to see what I can do," reported The Straits Times.


    He also said offers of severance packages to the 16 retrenched staff were "fair" and that he would "follow all the employment rules."


    But he also added that severance packages would have to come out from the town council fund, saying, "The town council funds belong to residents. My priority must be to ensure that the service standards delivered to residents are not compromised."


    All 16 Potong Pasir Town Council staff have also been handed job application forms from EM Services.


    Nine of which had been filled up and submitted to the company to date. The remaining seven are still deciding whether or not to re-apply, given that new employment conditions include a six-month probation.


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    Firstly, I want to salute all who voted CST over these 20+ years.
    They have the 'rocks' to withstand carrots and sticks from the Pappies.
    I to residents of PP and Hougang.

    Now unfortunately, no point talking about Sitoh, CST, Lina.
    In the next Elections Potong Pasir will cease to exist on the Electorial map. Surely split into 3-4 parts. Good-bye Potong Pasir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gn108
    Firstly, I want to salute all who voted CST over these 20+ years.
    They have the 'rocks' to withstand carrots and sticks from the Pappies.
    I to residents of PP and Hougang.

    Now unfortunately, no point talking about Sitoh, CST, Lina.
    In the next Elections Potong Pasir will cease to exist on the Electorial map. Surely split into 3-4 parts. Good-bye Potong Pasir.
    Its sad to see cst dun hf a successor

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    Maybe tactically he sld have given Benjie to stand in PP.
    Ah well, its over and perhaps it's time to have another set of voters to grow a pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenqing
    EM is run by ex-PAP MP Ang Mong Seng who is CEO. They are all one gang.

    http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05...-town-council/


    If any EM staff openly help Opposition parties, EM can conveniently sack them so that PAP no need dirty their hands.

    Just like Geraldine Soh case whereby the GM of Town Council, Ho Thian Poh is a PAP member as well as MD of the Esmasco company that does services for the Town Council.
    Wonder what term to use for this type of action? Instead of ethnic cleansing, maybe we can called this workplace/political cleansing?

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