中国的社交媒体用户对新加坡这样的“华人”国家为什么要举行选举感到困惑

Jul 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

作者:Kayla Wong

新加坡大选在中国的社交媒体上引发了一些讨论。

由于李显龙总理的弟弟李显扬加入了反对派,微博上对此热议了起来。

中国的官方媒体甚至都对这一消息进行了报道CCTV,不过还增加了一些猜测。

2017年,

李氏家族关于李光耀所留下的位于欧思礼路的故居而展开的公开纠纷,就曾成为了中国的头条新闻

除此之外,来自新加坡的新闻通常不会引起很大的关注度。

虽然中国没有普选权,但这并未阻止中国的社交媒体用户对新加坡国内的政治情况进行猜测和评论。

以下是一些网民的讨论。

李氏后人吗?

对于年轻的李显扬加入反对党——新加坡前进党的消息,许多评论者误以为这只是巩固李氏家族权力的举动,这一观点可能是被一个错误的观念所误导,即完全没有政治经验的李显扬将参加本次竞选。

对于新加坡这样的“华人”社会来说,选举只是表面功夫吗?

关于李显扬加入反对派的评论

新加坡是类似中国的“华人”国家吗?

据在《南华早报》撰文的中国问题专家Maria Siow称,当新加坡被视为在外交政策上与美国“站在一边”时,中国的网络上通常会出现有关新加坡的严肃讨论。

人们普遍认为,占新加坡人口多数的华裔应该支持中国的立场。

中国问题专家Chen Nahui和Xue Li表示,当新加坡似乎站在另一个国家的一边,而不是中国的一边时,一些中国人感到失望,这可以解释为他们对新加坡“应该做什么”的预期与现实之间的差距。

新加坡的外交政策不受其国民的种族类型的影响

新加坡的领导层已多次阐明其外交政策立场 ,表示将遵守并促进基于既定规则的国际世界秩序,因为这对像新加坡这样的小国至关重要。

此外,作为本地区唯一一个华裔占多数的国家,无论人口构成如何,新加坡的领导层也必须顾及邻国,在外交政策上不分种族,并表现出独立自主的态度。

例如,新加坡是东南亚地区最后一个与中国恢复正式外交关系的国家(时间为1990年),而该地区的其他国家,如马来西亚,泰国,菲律宾和印尼等,则是在七十年代初就已经和中国恢复了正式的外交关系。

做出这一决定是为了向他们表示尊重,且当时中国在该地区的意图仍受到密切关注,原因包括中国对当地的信仰共产主义的暴乱分子的支持,以及需要确立其作为一个新主权国家的身份。


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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%).