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Davinder Singh抨击Leong Sze Hian不出庭作证的行为让新加坡人失望

Oct 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

博客作家与财务顾问Leong Sze Hian的律师林鼎在为期四天的诽谤案审判第二天表示,Leong不会接受证人席的盘问。

林鼎称辩方“非常满意我们有足够的案件证据。"

因此他还补充,Leong将不会在该问题上进一步合作。

作为回应,李显龙总理的律师Davinder Singh批评Leong让新加坡人失望。

“落荒而逃”

Singh称Leong的决定“非常令人失望”,他强调Leong曾多次表示自己将站起来为支持者和新加坡人而战。

他补充说:

“现在的情况是,原告(李总理)已经出庭并作证,不惧怕任何问题并准备捍卫自己的立场。”

然而,尽管声称李总理滥用了“法庭程序”,但Leong本人依旧“落荒而逃”。

Singh随后还说:

“他自己知道背后的真正原因,那就是他无法实践自己的誓言,也惧怕真相败露。”

Leong在被告开庭陈述的第一段中说,他已经送达了审判宣誓书,并将提出自己的问题。

林鼎:被告的陈述“轻浮”而“空洞”

林鼎在回应中称,他忍不住怀疑Singh打造这一“政治言论”的目的是在主流媒体上羞辱Leong。

他还补充说,自己团队得出的结论是李总理的陈述“轻浮”而“空洞”,在法庭上简直是“贻笑大方”。

林鼎说:

“我们不会帮助这样一个有损正义的原告。法官大人,我的发言完毕。”

案件

李总理与Leong的诽谤案于昨日(10月6日)开庭。

李总理于2018年底就Leong在其Facebook页面上公开分享的推文提起诉讼。推文中包含指向一篇有马来西亚网站The Coverage所撰写文章的链接。

文章中包含对于李总理协助马来西亚前总理纳吉布·拉扎克与马来西亚国家基金一马发展有限公司(IMDB)进行洗钱的指控。

双方将于11月30日回到法庭中

Aedit Abdullah法官随后表示,他将保留对此事的判决。

双方将于2020年11月30日亲自回到法庭进行口头陈述。

预计将在11月20日前向法院提交书面意见。

顶部图片由Guan Zhen Tan制作


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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%).