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Survey: Elected MPs in S’pore happiest in the world

Survey: Elected MPs in S’pore happiest in the world

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Well-paid and job security among top reasons.


A new survey on wellness and employment has found that elected members of parliament in Singapore are among the happiest in the world.

This after the survey found that MPs here are happy due to several factors, namely having a job that pays well, short hours and a strong sense of job security.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are having the exact opposite type of jobs, said they are envious.

One Singaporean, Chi Chu, said: “Having a job that pays well is something that all Singaporeans should have and not just confined to a small group of individuals.”

“I hope MPs in Singapore can look into this disparity with how they live and how the rest of the country lives.”

However, the survey also found that out of the present 89 elected MPs, six of them are not as happy or as satisfied.

This is so as the other 83 form the super majority as they come from one political party in Singapore.

Another local, Jin Koh Lian, said: “The six MPs not from the majority have to fight tooth and nail to keep their jobs and deserve the remuneration they receive.”

“The rest have it relatively easy in comparison.”

“If the other 83 MPs fought just as hard, they would deserve a pay raise.”







Local cabbies thank taxi companies for high rentals that push them to excel

Local cabbies thank taxi companies for high rentals that push them to excel

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Bus drivers also thank their employers for letting them pursue their passion for driving.


It appears Christmas has come early for Singaporean bus and cab drivers.

Two days ago, news broke announcing that the average Singaporean SMRT bus driver is now allowed to earn up to S$3,500 a month, after factoring in overtime and performance incentives.

This allows bus drivers to spend more time driving buses, which they are good at.

Hua Tua Chia, a bus driver said: “Having too much time off to rest is no good because then I’d have to spend money when I go out with family and friends.”

Today, cab drivers too are also assured they can expect a pay raise and make as much as $7,000 a month, doing what they do best.

Tee Ti Huah, a cab driver, said he is assured: “I just need to put in a bit more effort, work day shift, night shift with no breaks in between for 18 hours a day, 30 days in a row.”

“I am very thankful to all the taxi companies for this opportunity to be a taxi driver because I get to work very hard so I can pay rental everyday.”

“I wouldn’t be able to push myself to excel to be such a good taxi driver if rental was lower. I would then have to spend too much time with my family and be a good father instead.”





One year on, SMRT bus drivers’ strike pays off

One year on, SMRT bus drivers’ strike pays off

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The salaries of SMRT bus drivers are slowly inching up.


Exactly one year after the historic strike by a group of SMRT bus drivers over a salary dispute, wages for this group of blue-collar workers are finally going up to a reasonable level.

As SMRT congratulates itself for implementing a new progressive career scheme this week for its drivers, Singaporeans from all walks of life who witnessed last year’s strike said there is a link between what happened then and the effects now.

Jia Ba Shi, a local said: “As easy as it is to overlook the strike and pretend that it has nothing to do with how wages are structured today, Singaporeans will never forget.”

Before this week’s increase that will see drivers finally humanly earn a grand total of $3,500 a month with overtime, SMRT tried to raise salaries by $25 previously.

Another possible measure brainstormed then was to replace bus drivers with NSFs.