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安瓦尔希望马哈蒂尔成为李光耀式的“内阁资政”,而不是总理

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
安瓦尔•易卜拉欣公开拒绝在6个月的过渡期内担任马哈蒂尔•穆罕默德的副手,且一旦希望联盟及其盟友再次掌权,易卜拉欣将接替他担任马来西亚总理。

“在我看来,他曾担任过两次总理。现在,是我们放下一切,继续向前的时候了。我要强调的是,这不是个性不和的问题。这是一个重新开始的机遇问题——是这个国家在各方面重新开始的机遇。马来西亚人理应得到更好的待遇。而现在,大家对政治有太多的幻灭。”

相反,安瓦尔为马哈蒂尔设想了一个不同的政府角色。

他提到了已故的李光耀作为内阁资政的角色,并表示马哈蒂尔可以扮演类似的角色:“他们谈到了例如李光耀先生曾担任的内阁资政职务。对于这个职务,我愿意加入讨论。”

据《马来邮报》报道,安瓦尔说,如果允许马哈蒂尔担任总理,即使是在过渡时期,也会分散人们对改革议程的注意力,以及对内阁新成员任命的猜测。

此前,民主行动党和国家诚信党的领导人发表了一份联合声明,呼吁所有政党达成妥协。其中,马哈蒂尔将在过渡时期担任6个月的总理,然后将权力移交给安瓦尔。

希望联盟正在与东马来西亚的潜在盟友谈判,以在马来西亚议会中获得多数席位,从而将现任总理穆希丁·亚辛赶下台。

据报道,马哈蒂尔在这个联盟政体中更受欢迎。

在5月30日举行的希望联盟的会议上,安瓦尔担任总理且马哈蒂尔之子穆赫里兹•马哈蒂尔担任副总理的这一提议遭到了沙巴人民复兴党和马哈蒂尔本人的反对。

该声明还指出:“这段政治之旅已经持续了22年,所以我们还可以再等6个月,等到安瓦尔成为马来西亚的第十任总理。”


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Talent shortage in Singapore with 8 in 10 employers reporting difficulty in filling roles

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

In ManpowerGroup Singapore's Q2 Employment Outlook Survey, the company revealed positive sentiments regarding pay increments and bonuses. In the latest edition of this report, for Q3, the sentiments have shifted towards hiring between the July to September 2022 period - labelled as "a record high" in the report.

In brief, Singapore’s net employment outlook (NEO) is at +40%, with the previous "record high" being in Q4 2011 at +31%. Further, employers surveyed in all 11 sectors (i.e. communications & media, manufacturing, and construction) anticipate positive headcount growth in Q3, with not-for-profit employers reporting "strongest" hiring intentions at 67%.

Despite the optimistic outlook, Singapore’s talent shortage level has been found to be at "its highest in 16 years", with more than eight in 10 (84%) employers reporting difficulty in filling roles. This statistic represented a 20% increase from 2021. Prior to that, talent shortage levels were quite high in 2018 at 56%, and in 2010 at 53%. According to the findings, the most difficult-to-fill roles are in restaurants & hotels (97%), other services (89%), and construction (88%).

That said, the "most sought-after" professions are: IT & data, operation & logistics, sales & marketing, manufacturing & production, and customer facing & front office. On top of that, employers are also looking at soft skills such as critical thinking & analysis, creativity & originality, resilience & adaptability, leadership & social influence, and reasoning & problem solving.

"The shift from pandemic to endemic has given companies greater clarity on their business outlooks," explained Linda Teo, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Singapore. "Employers are ramping up their hiring due to a combination of factors like pent-up demand for manpower, employee attrition, and shortage of workers with the right skillsets."

Dissecting the local numbers

Filtering Singapore's NEO figure, analysts discovered that:

  • More than half (52%) of employers plan to hire;
  • More than one in 10 (12%) of employers expect a staffing decrease;
  • Close to four in 10 (35%) of employers plan to keep workforce levels steady, and
  • Less than five in 10 (2%) of employers are undecided about the hiring/talent scene.

In addition to not-for-profit employers having strong hiring intentions, those in other services (professional, scientific & technical, and administrative & support) similarly have positive intentions at 59%. These employers are then followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (56%), wholesale & retail trade (50%), and restaurants & hotels (46%).

A global perspective

Of the more than 40,000 employers surveyed across the globe, many are likewise expecting to hire more workers in the Q3 2022. According to findings, the global NEO is at +33% - which revealed hiring intentions to "increase year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter" respectively at +18% and +4%. In terms of per country/territory data, Mexico ranks top with a +59% NEO, while India has a +51%; Mainland China +29%, and Hong Kong +11%.

India's NEO is the strongest in the APAC region for the second consecutive quarter, up 13% since Q2. As for Hong Kong's NEO, it improved by 8% compared to Q2 2022, and by 10% compared to the previous year.

Looking at the hiring/talent scene, analysts discovered that digital roles continue to drive "most demand" with employers in IT & technology (+44%). This is followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (+38%), construction (33%), and manufacturing (33%).