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May Day 2012 Better Jobs for All

MICA(P) 121/03/2012


May Day 2012 Contents Messages Mr Lee Hsien Loong 05 Prime Minister, Singapore Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam 09 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance & Manpower Mr Stephen Lee 13 President, Singapore National Employers Federation Ms Diana Chia 17 President, National Trades Union Congress Mr Lim Swee Say 19 Secretary General, National Trades Union Congress Mr Daniel Lai 21 President, AUSBE Mr N Thurairajasingam 23 General Secretary, AUSBE Mr Yeo Guat Kwang 25 Executive Secretary, AUSBE Ms Tan Poh Hong 27 Chief Executive, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

features 51 May day rally 2012 52 May Day Awards Galore 55 SLA and AUSBE Sign 2012 Collective Agreement 57 AUSBE Clinches Honours at U Run 2012 59 TAP on UTAP 61 Private Movie Screening by AUSBE-LTA Branch 63 Benefitting as a Union Member 64 Batam Seminar 67 AUSBE Retirees’ Night 2012 69 AUSBE Achieves in NVM 2012

Dr John Keung 29 Chief Executive, Building and Construction Authority

71 No country for old men

Mr Tan Peng Yam 31 Chief Executive, Defence Science & Technology Agency

78 AUSBE New Members List

Mr Chee Hong Tat 33 Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority Mr Ang Hak Seng 35 Chief Executive, Health Promotion Board Assoc Prof John C W Lim 37 Chief Executive, Health Sciences Authority RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay 39 Chief Executive, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Editorial Board Editor: N. Thurairajasingam Members: Abdul Rahim Farid, Yeo Guat Kwang, G. Haridass, Tay Ah Lek Designer: The Write Stuff Pte Ltd Printer: Flexi-Pagination & Design MICA (P) 096/09/2009

Mr Tan Yih San 41 Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Mr Chew Hock Yong 43 Chief Executive, Land Transport Authority Mr Lam Yi Young 45 Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Mrs Elaine Ng 47 Chief Executive, National Library Board Mr Vincent Hoong 49 Chief Executive, Singapore Land Authority

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tight. Singaporeans can readily find jobs, at all levels. In the short-term, this will push wages up. It would be dangerous to assume complacently that wages can continue to rise indefinitely, just by our squeezing on foreign workers. Higher wages push up business costs, affect our competitiveness, and may cause higher inflation. To sustain better wages and higher real living standards, we must raise our productivity. Indeed, raising productivity is more important than ever in our mature economy, because it is the only way to upgrade ourselves and our lives.

Mr Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister, Singapore

May Day Message 2012

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he Singapore economy did well last year. Growth was 4.9 per cent, quite creditable considering the external uncertainties. Workers benefitted from this robust performance. Many good jobs were created, and our unemployment rate of 2 per cent was the lowest in 14 years. We expect slower growth this year, between 1-3 per cent. The US and Europe are not out of trouble yet, even though they are doing better than we had feared earlier. There are other significant external risks, such as tensions over Iran, an oil price shock or sovereign debt default, which might happen. Another reason for slower growth is our domestic constraints. Our economy is maturing. We are running up against land and manpower limits. We are moderating the inflow of foreign workers. This will hold back many companies that are eager to expand, but cannot find enough workers. Some may even relocate their operations out of Singapore. Our labour market is currently still very

This calls for every worker to make the effort, whether the rank-and-file or Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs). We must all continue to upgrade ourselves and master new skills. Let us take advantage of the substantial investments in Continuous Education and Training by the Government. Workers should also be adaptable and flexible, keen to re-skill, and willing to cross over to new, growing industries. Companies must support this transformation. They should look beyond short-term profits to build successful businesses for the long-term, together with their employees and the broader community. They must treat employees as partners, and invest in their development and welfare to optimise the deployment of every worker, young and old, local and foreign. Companies can also contribute back to society in big ways or small, be it through corporate social responsibility or philanthropy. These efforts will strengthen our social compact, and help us avoid the mistrust and negative sentiments between businesses and citizens which we see growing in many developed countries. Raising our productivity will benefit workers, firms, and our economy as a whole. Workers can earn more in higherquality jobs. Firms can prosper and expand their businesses here. Our economy can continue to thrive despite more intense global competition. Looking ahead, we must prepare for a more challenging economic environment. Globalisation has shortened economic cycles. Ups and downs happen much faster, and with less warning. Outlooks are less predictable. Every country is more exposed to global competition, and Singapore more than most. Hence our unions must work hard to organise workers, not

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Mr Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister, Singapore

just the rank-and-file, but the growing number of PMETs too. Workers need help to prepare for this more uncertain environment. They need reassurance and support as they adjust to changing conditions. When layoffs and shutdowns happen, which from time to time are unavoidable, unions must help workers find new jobs and tide over the difficult times. Workers should also be encouraged to support sound national policies that benefit them in the long run, so that we can work together as a nation to serve the best interests of Singaporeans. These goals are especially important to the new leaders in the union movement, who must strive to earn the trust of workers and foster a strong relationship with the Government and employers. Above all, tripartism must remain our enduring competitive advantage. Each tripartite partner – Government, employers, workers – must be strong, each must share good relationships with the other two, and all three must build on the mutual trust that holds everything together. By deepening and strengthening tripartism, Singapore can continue to be a cohesive, competitive and successful society, a place where our whole is more than the sum of our parts. Even though we expect our economy to grow less quickly in future, our shared goal is unchanged: to improve the quality of our growth. We want Singapore to be a competitive economy and an inclusive society, where the benefits of growth are distributed fairly and widely. We want this to remain a vibrant land of opportunity which continues to attract investors, and which helps Singaporeans to create a brighter future for ourselves. I am confident that we can succeed if we put our hearts and minds into this. Let us work together to make this our best home, where every job is a good-job, where every worker is well employed and maximising his potential, and where everyone benefits from Singapore’s success.

I wish all Singaporeans a Happy May Day!

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We must press on with our efforts to restructure Singapore’s economy, so that we can grow on the basis of productivity and support higher wages for our workers. Here, our tripartite partnership between workers, employers and the Government plays a key role in engaging companies to innovate and create better jobs, and encouraging workers to upgrade and learn new skills. The Government is working with our small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) especially, to help them to upgrade their operations and stay competitive in a tight labour market. This year, we have made several enhancements to various initiatives to support SME upgrading. Workers are also being given strong support to upskill, through a wide range of opportunities for Continuing Education and Training (CET).

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance & Manpower INCLUSIVE GROWTH – OUR TRIPARTITE MISSION

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his year’s May Day comes at a time of continued difficulties in the world economy. Europe’s debt problems are a major worry. The US shows signs of gradual recovery, although high unemployment and housing debt problems are still brakes on its growth. Fortunately, Asia’s emerging economies are showing good growth, and providing a lift to our economy. Our economy will slow down this year. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is projected to moderate to 1-3 per cent. However, our labour market is still very tight currently. While jobs are being lost in some industries, overall, many more jobs are being created. Our main focus therefore is on the longer-term challenge of building a better future for our people. Our tripartite mission is clear. Everything we do is ultimately aimed at achieving inclusive growth – growth which benefits all Singaporean workers.

As tripartite partners, we must give special support to our lower-wage workers and older workers. To help lower-wage workers, we have put in place the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) and Workfare Training Support (WTS) schemes, which encourage them to find regular work and help them progress through training and skills upgrading. The Inclusive Growth Programme, led by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), also plays a key role, by engaging companies to help them innovate and raise the pay of lower-wage workers. The Ministry of Manpower will be stepping up awareness and enforcement efforts to ensure compliance with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Act and the Employment Act, so that lowerwage workers receive CPF contributions and statutory employment benefits from their employers. As many lower-wage workers are employed in industries where outsourcing is common, such as cleaning and security, we are working closely with our tripartite partners to promote best sourcing. Service buyers must outsource responsibly, so that service providers are focused on service quality and productivity, and on improving employment conditions and wages for their workers. As a major service buyer, the Government will lead by example in best sourcing practices, by procuring only from accredited cleaning companies and well-graded security agencies.

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Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance & Manpower

Older workers are a valuable and growing segment of the working population. We are doing more to help them stay actively employed, contribute with their experience and skills, and build up their savings for retirement. The Retirement and Re-employment Act (RRA) that came into effect in January this year has been implemented smoothly, following extensive preparations by the tripartite partners. The Government is also giving employers strong incentive to attract and retain older workers, through the Special Employment Credit (SEC) for the next five years. We will continue to closely monitor and study the implementation and impact of the RRA and the SEC.

In all that we do, the strong spirit of tripartism among Government, employers and unions is a real strength for Singapore. It helped us overcome challenges during the Global Financial Crisis, and will play a critical role in Singapore’s next phase of development. I look forward to NTUC, the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and the Government working together as one family as we build an Inclusive Singapore.

Happy May Day to all!

We must at the same time move ahead in developing a strong Singapore core of employees, including amongst professionals, managers and executives (PMEs), in all our industries. We have updated the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices to promote this. Employers must actively look out for local talents, and provide them the necessary exposure, training and career development opportunities. We have to keep to the right balance. We must stay open to expertise from around the world and enable our companies to have the diverse teams that allow them to remain competitive. That is important for our SMEs as much as it is for our larger companies. This is also how we have grown many more jobs for Singaporeans, and enabled most Singaporeans to do well over the years. But we must at the same time do the utmost to maximize every Singaporean’s potential, and develop the local capabilities that give Singapore its sustainable advantage. We will keep improving the various specific schemes to help our PMEs deepen their skills and career prospects. Last year, we introduced the Skills Training for Excellence Programme (STEP) to better support PMEs’ CET needs. This year, we have launched CaliberLink, which provides PMEs with an integrated one-stop service point comprising training, career coaching, career search and recruitment support.

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the labour market to meet their manpower needs as well as upgrade low wage service jobs. In this way, we can work towards achieving sustainable inclusive growth.

Persevering with Productivity Efforts We should not be discouraged by the dip in productivity growth in 2011. Raising productivity over the long term requires perseverance and sustained efforts. Productivity is key to countering rising business costs and manpower shortages as well as the upgrading of low wage jobs.

Mr Stephen Lee President Singapore National Employers Federation Achieving Sustainable Growth

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he Singapore economy grew by 4.9 per cent in 2011. More than 120,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate dipped to a 14-year low of 2.0 per cent in December 2011. However, the strong demand for workers dampened productivity growth to 1.0 per cent in 2011, below the target of 2 to 3 per cent per annum for this decade. The Ministry of Trade and Industry has projected that for 2012, the economy will grow by between 1 and 3 per cent. Economic uncertainties persist, while the local labour market continues to be tight especially for the services sector. There are also concerns about rising business costs. To address these challenges, employers must enhance efforts to raise productivity, tap the diverse segments of

At the company level, labour-management cooperation is crucial to cultivating a culture and mindset for continuous productivity improvements. Management must demonstrate productivity leadership by engaging the unions and workers in initiatives and programmes to improve work processes and to cut down wastage to reduce costs. Where a company embarks on mechanisation or automation, or where jobs are enlarged or redesigned, workers must be appropriately trained to work in the new environment and productivity gains should be fairly shared.

Building Inclusive Workforces To sustain business growth, employers need to ensure that Singaporeans make up the core of their workforces, which should be inclusive and globally competitive. To meet their manpower needs, employers can attract local workers from the latent pool of the economically inactive, which number around 338,000 from age 25 to 59. They should reemploy employees beyond 62 in light of the new Retirement and Re-employment Act. They can also provide employment opportunities to persons with disabilities, which number about 100,000. The Government has provided support in the form of Special Employment Credits for some of these groups of potential workers. Other schemes such as the 4R

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Mr Stephen Lee President Singapore National Employers Federation

programme, Flexi-Works! and the Open Door Fund are available to support employers who strive to make their workplace inclusive.

Sharing Growth with Low Wage Workers The gross real income of workers at the 20th percentile declined by 2.4 per cent annually from the period 20012006 as the economy recovered from the 2001 recession and 2003 SARS crisis. However, their gross real income improved by 2.2 per cent annually from the period 20062011 when the economy grew by 5.8 per cent annually. Strong and sustained growth uplifted the wages of the low wage workers. We are strengthening tripartite efforts to help low wage workers benefit from the economic growth and higher productivity. For companies that out-source their services, they should adopt best sourcing instead of cheap sourcing. Service providers should ensure workers are well cared for with at least the statutory benefits and receive their pay on time. More importantly, they should look at upgrading jobs and help their workers to upgrade their skills set to enable them to enhance their earning capacity.

Strengthening Tripartism as We Progress Together We are entering more challenging times. We have to leverage on our strong tripartite cooperation to work out practical solutions to overcome every challenge that we face. In this way, we will further strengthen our tripartite bonds and trust as we progress together as employers, workers and as a nation.

On behalf of our 2,200 employer members, I wish all workers a Happy May Day.

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Secondly, we must continue to strengthen the pipeline and capabilities of our union leadership. At the NDC, nine of our NTUC Central Committee members flowed-on selflessly, which provided opportunities for many union leaders to step up to the Central Committee. That was a big and significant milestone. Going forward, we need to work together to strengthen the 3–Flow (Flow-in, Flow-up and Flow-on) of union leadership at all levels, from branch officials to the Union Executive Committees from Labour Leadership Lighthouse (L3) to the future generations of the Central Committee leaders. We do this to ensure that the LM can continue to play a pivotal and influential role in national policy-making affecting workers.

Ms Diana Chia President National Trades Union Congress

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t the NTUC National Delegates’ Conference (NDC) last year, we endorsed the Labour Movement (LM) 2015 vision towards Better Jobs for All, Labour Movement for All, and Tripartism for All. This vision captures our core value of helping workers secure better jobs for better lives. This can only be achieved by a strong and pervasive Tripartism that reaches out to all business sectors, all government agencies and all unions; and a strong and effective LM that is able to represent the interests of all segments of workers. A strong foundation has been laid under LM2011 but still, more needs to be done to achieve a Labour Movement for All and Tripartism for All.

What must we do to strengthen the LM over the next four years? Firstly, we set ourselves a target of 1 million ALL CAN, 3-GEN members by 2015. More importantly, the LM must remain representative of the changing workforce profile in Singapore, and their concerns. As Professionals, Managers and Engineers are fast becoming the ‘rank and file’ workers of tomorrow, we must actively reach out and strengthen our value proposition to them, particularly at their workplaces.

A good example is during the 2012 Parliamentary Budget when the Government held a pre-Budget dialogue with the LM. Union leaders urged the Government to increase the Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for older workers. We gave feedback that many workers in their 50s today could be just as productive as younger workers. Moreover, there is an increasing need to build up their CPF funds in order to ensure that they could retire with financial support and dignity when they eventually stop working. The Government considered, and accepted our suggestion. The increase in the CPF contribution rates for our older workers was announced during the Budget Debate. This consultative approach exemplifies how Tripartism has worked, and will continue to work in Singapore, for the benefit of our workers. The global economic outlook remains volatile and uncertain. While our employment, unemployment and economic growth data look good right now, we cannot be complacent. There are still many problems yet to be resolved in the world economy, and these could trigger yet another severe global economic downturn. At NTUC, we are monitoring economic activities and retrenchments on the ground closely. We stand ready to provide assistance to our members and workers should the need arises. Our ability to effectively help our members to Upturn the Downturn two years ago gives us the confidence to do so again.

Happy May Day to all!

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challenge that will never go away. We have to fight hard and work smart to attract good investments and create good jobs for our people, young and old. The tight labour market is an outcome of our success. It is always better to have to cope with a shortage of workers rather than a shortage of jobs. Our new challenge is to reduce the social downside as we pursue the upside of economic growth. We want to generate a virtuous cycle of economic gain and social gain. With higher costs of living, it is imperative that we speed up real wage increase and slow down the widening of income gap. As we slow down the increase of global manpower in our workforce, we must make better use of every worker we have at all levels, including our lower wage workers.

Mr Lim Swee Say Secretary-General National Trades Union Congress

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ay Day is a day of celebration in Singapore but a day of protest in some countries.

The workers in these countries protest against the shortage of jobs and stagnation of wages. For them, unemployment is high and hopes of good job prospects are dim. So, they take to the streets to vent their anger and frustration. Singapore’s situation is not perfect but is certainly better. Our employment rates across all ages are going up while the unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the world. May Day is thus a time to reflect and re-affirm our unity in tripartism.

Our workplace must be more age-friendly for mature workers to continue working in a fair and meaningful way; and more family-friendly for more women and working parents to strike a better work-life balance. Old and new, these are major challenges we must tackle head on. There is no easy way to sustain our economic growth and social progress The best way to succeed is for the tripartite partners to work in unity and turn these challenges into opportunities for our people and businesses. Together, we can pursue a future of better jobs, better pay and better career prospects for all Singaporeans. Let us do our best to make sure that May Day will always be a day of celebration here in Singapore, for a long time to come.

Happy May Day!

For our nation and economy to keep doing better, we have to overcome some old challenges and tackle some new ones. Global competition for jobs will be fierce. This is an old

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tarting this new presidential term at AUSBE, I am fortunate to have Brother Abdul Rahim Farid, former AUSBE President as my mentor and adviser. The three key thrusts for the Labour Movement 2015 vision are to provide Better Jobs for All, Labour Movement for All, and Tripartism for All. The objectives are to help Singaporeans lead better lives with better wage conditions and that requires sustainability in the foresights and decisions of important labour and employment policies. To address the low-wage issue, the public sector has been tasked to lead by example, to avoid outsourcing to cheaper sources and contribute to the stagnation of low-wage workers in Singapore.

Mr Daniel Lai President AUSBE

In the next five years, the Labour Movement aims to grow its membership to 840,000 by 2013, and one million by 2015. AUSBE will contribute by stepping up recruitment efforts that target growth from 5,600 to 6,500 members by 2013 and 500 members for every subsequent year. The recruitment will be aimed particularly at the Professionals, Management and Executives (PMEs) as they make up about 60 per cent of employees in the public sector. The membership growth will also focus on gaining representativeness of the majority, which is what a union requires to gain collective bargaining power. With some 13,000 unrepresented staff within union branches, there is so much untapped potential. AUSBE holds an objective to recognise the work of union leaders over the years, which will be reflected by the management in their staff appraisal reports. We hope to provide incentive and motivation for our union leaders to work on their capabilities and perform the best they could.

On behalf of AUSBE, I would like to wish all Singaporeans a Happy May Day!

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t the end of 2011, the Singapore economy saw a substantial growth and our workforce benefitted from this boisterous performance. The unemployment rate came to a 14-year low, boding well for those in the workforce and those who are about to enter it.

Mr N Thurairajasingam General Secretary AUSBE

We are grateful to recruiters from the various branches who have contributed by stepping up membership recruitment efforts. We have set up a target which is achievable for all our branches to hit the 8,000 mark in 2015. This year we want to achieve the 6,000 members target. Many branches have worked very well to reach out to both our rank and file members and PMEs. AUSBE appreciates the longstanding relationships with our members and look forward to reviewing the respective Collective Agreements to improve on staff engagement. In addition, human resource initiatives will be provided continually to work on staff welfare and benefits. It is also important for the Union to ensure that salaries of the workforce remain competitive. We must ensure our lower income members are able to cope with the challenging environment. We remain committed to boosting good industrial relations between the union and the management. Management has recognised the role that the Union has played. We will strive to add value to union management relationship and celebrating achievements is our way of contributing to a healthy, cohesive and productive workforce. That’s what the union is here for – here for you.

Happy Labour Day to all.

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ingapore has been able to experience good economic growth over the years, but we must always strive to do better to boost our social safety nets and enhance our economic resilience.

As NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say highlighted in his key message in his May Day message, “twin-growth in productivity and wages� is crucial to sustain growth and overcome challenges and secure a better future for Singapore and fellow Singaporeans. Our unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the world and in 2011, unemployment hit a 14-year low and more than 120,000 jobs were created. The average income of Singaporeans also rose in tandem with the tight labour market.

Mr Yeo Guat Kwang Executive Secretary AUSBE

Good employment rates aside, what heartens me most is that we have not lost our focus on increasing the wages, skills and productivity of our low-wage workers. Efforts to do so have borne fruit: even those in the lowest 20th percentile saw their real income grow over the last five years, and we strive to do better despite the challenges ahead. I am glad that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is working closely with tripartite partners and stakeholders to improve the employer-employee relationship, to drive productivity and innovation so as to improve wage conditions. I urge public agencies to take the lead in Best Sourcing Initiatives and review their cleaners’ salaries. I also urge employers to optimise manpower resources and reduce the dependency on foreign labour for a sustainable growth.

Happy Labour Day to one and all!

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t is my pleasure to join AUSBE in celebrating May Day 2012.

AUSBE and AVA have a strong partnership based on our common belief that people are our key asset. AVA is grateful for the many significant contributions that our staff have made and continue to make towards our growth and success. We will continually enhance our organisational and people capabilities. In 2011, AVA successfully renewed its Singapore Innovation Class (I-Class), People Developer certification and Singapore Quality Class (SQC) certification. Besides meeting the standards for re-certification, AVA has now been awarded the SQC Star. This achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of everyone.

Ms Tan Poh Hong Chief Executive Officer Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

AUSBE plays an important role in our staff engagement and our capability development efforts. We will continue to build on our strong union-management relationship, and together make AVA an even more effective organisation.

On behalf of AVA, I would like to wish all AUSBE members a Happy May Day!

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We took on a new role to be the regulator for amusement ride safety on 1 July 2011. The new Amusement Ride Safety Act under BCA’s charge, the first such regulation in Singapore, aims to protect the safety of ride-goers in Singapore as more complex amusement rides are being introduced. We also held the inaugural Singapore Construction Productivity Week last year to build momentum in the productivity drive. We thanked our staff, who have worked very hard in rolling out the above new initiatives and programmes. We are also thankful and appreciative of the strong support from AUSBE in helping us achieve these outcomes. We had successfully concluded the negotiation with our Union and look forward to the signing of our 4th Collective Agreement in June this year. This is an important testimonial of our collaborative relationship with AUSBE to work towards greater well-being of our employees.

Dr John Keung Chief Executive Officer Building and Construction Authority

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am pleased to join AUSBE in celebrating May Day 2012 and would like to take this opportunity to wish AUSBE and all its members a Happy Labour Day. Last year, 2011, was a watershed year for BCA at many fronts and we achieved many firsts in key areas of our responsibility. In the area of sustainability, we led Singapore to be ranked number one in green building policies, ahead of many advanced cities like Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) also chose BCA to form a collaborating centre, which is the first in Asia and one of the few centres in the world to collaborate with UNEP to drive greater adoption of sustainable buildings.

BCA will continue to support AUSBE by granting its branch officials/members unrecorded leave to attend industrial relation courses/seminars and time-off to attend union meetings and union-related activities. We will also continue to facilitate AUSBE branch membership development by providing opportunities to hold membership recruitment drive during our Staff Conferences, Staff Induction and other staff events.

Together with the support of AUSBE and the commitment of our staff, BCA will be a step closer to achieve its vision of having “the Best Built Environment for Singapore, our Distinctive Global City.”

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STA is pleased to join AUSBE in celebrating May Day 2012.

The success and achievements of DSTA are anchored on the passion, professionalism and innovation of our people. Our organisation is firmly committed to developing our people to their fullest potential, enhancing their careers and creating a stimulating environment that challenges them to innovate. DSTA provides strong support and encouragement to our staff to align their aspirations with the organisational goals. This is reflected in our Staff Development Framework which is established to provide clarity on career development and job opportunities. The primary objective is to create meaningful and impactful work for every staff in DSTA.

Mr Tan Peng Yam Chief Executive Defence Science & Technology Agency

We look forward to building upon our strong partnership with AUSBE to promote a harmonious and productive work environment and work together to meet our shared challenges ahead.

I wish AUSBE and all its members a Happy May Day.

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Mr Chee Hong Tat Chief Executive Energy Market Authority

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am pleased to join AUSBE in celebrating May Day 2012.

Since its formation in 2001, EMA has played the roles of power system operator; and regulator for electricity and gas markets in Singapore. These will remain our core focus even as we broaden our mandate in recent years to take on industry development functions and embark on initiatives to open up more opportunities for Singapore’s energy future. We will also continue to pay close attention to enhancing Singapore’s energy security, competitiveness and environmental sustainability. A key project, which will be completed by the second quarter of 2013, is the development of Singapore’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Jurong Island. The LNG terminal would give Singapore opportunities to source for competitively priced gas from around the world.

is manpower development for the power sector. EMA worked with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the National Trades Union Congress Employment and Employability Institute (NTUC e2i) to roll out the Workforce Skills Qualification for Energy Utilities Workers. The new framework would benefit some 8,000 professionals and technicians in the energy utilities industry. EMA and WDA also conducted a study on the energy sector’s current manpower profile and future manpower requirements. The study, which was done in consultation with industry and union leaders, found that the power sector was facing an ageing workforce and difficulties in attracting and retaining young Singaporeans. To tackle these challenges, an industry-led Power Sector Manpower Taskforce (PSMT) has been formed in March 2012 to identify and recommend strategies to build up manpower capabilities for Singapore’s power sector. We look forward to working in partnership with the unions, industry and institutes of higher learning on this important initiative. EMA’s achievements would not have been possible without the hard work from our dedicated and committed employees, as well as the strong partnership we have fostered with our Union and AUSBE. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to our Union Chairman, Mr Popathi Uthirapadhi, and Union leaders of AUSBE-EMA branch for their excellent work in representing the views of EMA staff and developing a strong and positive relationship between Management and Union. The Union leaders have also been working closely with Management to enhance the work environment and staff engagement in EMA. I am also proud to share that EMA has achieved a 100% union membership for our executive officers, and an overall sign-up rate of almost 90%.

On behalf of EMA, I would like to wish all AUSBE members a very Happy May Day!

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Taking the lead, HPB gave a one-off top up to our flexible benefits to encourage staff to use the top up to sign up for sports and exercise activities early this year. We also declared March 2012 as our Fruits and Vegetables month and gave staff vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables from supermarkets. By eating healthily and exercising, these would keep our staff healthy and productive.

Mr Ang Hak Seng Chief Executive Officer Health Promotion Board

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t is my pleasure to join AUSBE in celebrating May Day 2012.

Raising productivity is a priority for Singapore, and having a healthy population is key to ensuring our workers can contribute effectively in the workforce. In the past months, HPB had created a social movement by building a network of 10,000 Health Ambassadors. This was done by tapping on active citizenry and unleashing its power to mobilise the ‘man-on-the-street’ volunteers to inspire their fellow peers to live healthily. We have also stepped up health promotion at the workplaces through various programmes and grants. I would urge the Unions to encourage their members to take advantage of these programmes to enhance their physical and mental well being.

At HPB, we believe that our staff are the key to our success, and we continue to invest heavily in the learning and development of our employees. In April this year, HPB launched the new Enrolled Nurses Upgrading Sponsorship (ENUS) programme to encourage Enrolled Nurses to upgrade themselves and take their GCE ‘O’ Levels subjects in order to qualify for a Diploma in Nursing programme by Nanyang Polytechnic. The leadership group in HPB believes in collaborating with AUSBE to explore more opportunities for staff to upgrade themselves so as to increase their skill sets and contribute to a more productive workforce. I am also proud to share that HPB staff had organised a very successful 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in March this year and received several compliments, no less from Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation. Our staff’s excellent contributions in this event and the many successful initiatives which HPB has rolled out in the past year bear testimony to the importance of keeping our staff healthy and happy and working in strong partnership with our Union.

On behalf of HPB, I would like to wish AUSBE every success in the years ahead and a Happy May Day to all. Stay Healthy and Be Happy!

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n the occasion of this year’s May Day celebrations, I would like to convey the Health Sciences Authority’s (HSA’s) deep appreciation for the admirable work of the labour movement in forging a strong harmonious tripartite relationship. HSA wishes to reaffirm our strong support for the labour movement’s initiatives to promote the re-employment of older workers, place Singaporeans first in all hiring initiatives, and the knowledge and skills upgrading needed to ensure that the public sector and HSA remain relevant in our fast evolving local and global socio-economic and scientific environment.

Assoc Prof John C W Lim Chief Executive Officer Health Sciences Authority

I am confident that the long established relationship between AUSBE and HSA, based on trust, respect and transparency, will continue to enhance the welfare of HSA’s union members as we mutually review the Collective Agreement for the next three years. We are privileged to be associated with AUSBE, a key partner in enabling HSA to continue advancing in scientific and regulatory excellence to safeguard public health for Singaporeans.

I take this opportunity to wish AUSBE and all its members a Happy Labour Day 2012!

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Manpower, employed infocomm manpower stood at 141,300 in 2010 and we continue to see good demand for infocomm professionals. Infocomm technology has become an integral part of living in today’s connected world. Our 2011 household survey figures show that 85% of residents have broadband access at home and the mobile penetration rate for our population stands at 149.6% in Dec 2011. By the middle of this year, the Next Gen NBN will reach 95% of the nation and this opens up many possibilities for innovative ICT solutions that can be adopted for enterprises and consumers alike.

RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay Chief Executive Officer Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

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t gives me great pleasure to be part of May Day 2012 celebrations with AUSBE, which marks yet another year of strong and harmonious relations among the Government, employers and employees. Tripartism is the driving force behind Singapore’s economic and social development, and the continuing good rapport with AUSBE has helped IDA contribute to grow Singapore’s infocomm sector, enhance the competitiveness of key economic sectors and build a well-connected society. In 2010, Singapore’s infocomm industry revenue grew by 12.2 per cent to reach $70.39 billion, and export revenue increased by about 15 per cent to reach $46.6 billion, constituting 66 per cent of total infocomm industry revenue. According to the IDA’s Annual Survey of Infocomm

With a vibrant ICT industry and skilled ICT workforce, Singapore continues to foster innovation through ICT for its next phase of development. We leverage on emerging technologies such as Data and Analytics, Green ICT and Cloud Computing to identify new opportunities and possibilities for growth. IDA works with other government agencies, the industry and community organisations to strategically use ICT to enable the government and key sectors such as education, healthcare, logistics, transport, finance and social services. IDA also works with local infocomm companies to help bring their experience and expertise to the international market. Once again, as we celebrate May Day 2012, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge AUSBE and all IDA staff who have contributed towards building a globally competitive infocomm industry in Singapore.

I look forward to continuing to strengthen our good working ties with AUSBE to foster better collaboration, as we work towards our vision to build Singapore into An Intelligent Nation, A Global City, Powered by Infocomm.

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t is my great pleasure to join AUSBE in celebrating May Day 2012.

The year 2011 has been a landmark year for us with IPOS celebrating our 10th year Anniversary and rolling out many new initiatives to better serve our Public. The journey for the last ten years has not been easy and IPOS would not have been able to walk the path without the firm commitment of the tripartite ie. our people, the union and the management so that we could better serve the Public. In 2006, the first Collective Agreement with AUSBE was signed. We have since signed our second Collective Agreement in 2009 and will soon be looking into the third Collective Agreement this year. IPOS values the harmonious relationship that we have with AUSBE and our staff.

Mr Tan Yih San Chief Executive Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

I look forward to continuing this harmonious relationship in the years to come so that we could build a better tomorrow for Singapore.

On behalf of IPOS, I wish AUSBE continued success and all its members a Happy Labour Day.

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Harbourfront, as well as the completion of the installation of half height platform screen doors on all elevated stations on the East West Line. Serangoon and Clementi Integrated Transport Hubs were opened in September & November 2011 respectively. The two transport hubs provide better integration with the surrounding facilities for commuters’ added convenience and enhanced travel experience. 2012 continues to be a busy year as we gear up to fulfill the slew of land transport initiatives unveiled at the Committee of Supply debate in March. On the rail front, we will be adding more trains into our MRT system to increase capacity, reduce crowding and shorten waiting time. Work on Downtown Line is progressing and the first stage of the Downtown Line, from Bugis to Chinatown, will be completed next year.

Mr Chew Hock Yong Chief Executive Land Transport Authority

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t is my pleasure to convey my congratulations and appreciation to AUSBE as we celebrate May Day 2012.

This May Day is especially significant as LTA was conferred the Plaque of Commendation (Gold) Award at NTUC May Day Awards 2012. I would like to thank our partner, AUSBE LTA Branch for nominating us for the award. The award marks another milestone for us as we continue to build and forge closer cooperation with AUSBE so that we can implement major human resource initiatives for the benefit of all staff and in the best interest of LTA and our staff. In 2011, we reached several key milestones, including the full operations of the circle line rail network with the completion of the final two stages from Marymount to

We will also add more buses to existing bus services and new services will also be introduced to meet expected ridership growth. Commuters will benefit from shorter waiting times during peak hours, and a more comfortable ride. To make public transport more accessible for the elderly and physically challenged, lifts will be installed at pedestrian overhead bridges next to six MRT stations and all existing bus interchanges will be barrier-free by 2013. The list goes on and we would not be able to achieve our goals without the dedication, commitment and steadfastness of our people. The partnership with AUSBE to improve staff benefits and engagement accentuates our commitment to the development and growth of our staff. I look forward to many more good years of fruitful partnership with AUSBE.

On behalf of LTA, I would like to take this opportunity to wish AUSBE members a Happy May Day.

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time, just seven years after crossing the 1 billion gross tons mark in 2004. Coupled with another year of record high bunker sales, the Port of Singapore cemented its leading position as the world’s busiest port in terms of vessel arrival tonnage, and the world’s top bunkering port. The Singapore Registry of Ships continued to grow and maintained its ranks among the top 10 in the world, reaching 57.4 million gross tons at the end of the year.

Mr Lam Yi Young Chief Executive Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

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aritime Singapore is a key contributor to Singapore’s growth, contributing to some 7 per cent of our nation’s GDP, and hosting a vibrant maritime ecosystem with over 5,000 companies, employing more than 170,000 people. As the nation’s maritime administrator, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is tasked with promoting and developing Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre, and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests. In 2011, the Port of Singapore continued to experience good growth. A particularly significant milestone for the Port of Singapore was crossing the 2 billion gross tons mark in annual vessel arrival tonnage for the first

We are proud to have received many awards in 2011, recognising our efforts and contributions. The Port of Singapore received the ‘Best Seaport in Asia’ award for the 23rd time at the 25th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA). MPA won the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Award as a result of coming out tops in an assessment of 26 government agencies for their pro-enterprise orientation. We were also awarded the distinguished Minister for Transport Innovation Award and the Minister for Home Affairs Award at the Home Team National Service Award Presentation Ceremony 2011. The Norwegian Business Association (Singapore) presented MPA an award as well, in recognition of our support for bilateral trade and business relations between both countries. Maritime Singapore’s achievements would not have been possible without the spirit of togetherness that governs our strong partnerships with the industry, institutions, unions and other government agencies. Riding on milestones such as the new Employee Agreement (EA) with AUSBE and other enhancements to staff well-being and benefits, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to AUSBE for the invaluable support given to MPA. I am confident that with a dedicated workforce and a supportive Union, MPA is well placed to meet the many challenges ahead.

On behalf of MPA, I wish AUSBE and all its members a Happy Labour Day.

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t is my pleasure to convey my congratulations and appreciation to AUSBE as we celebrate May Day 2012.

I deeply appreciate the AUSBE’s efforts in promoting a harmonious work environment at the National Library Board (NLB). I treasure the trust and goodwill between the union and management. Together, we have been able to explore new areas in enhancing the well-being of our colleagues. Amicably, we have found middle ground in handling alternative views.

Mrs Elaine Ng Chief Executive Officer National Library Board

Together, we have identified and charted work-life and career development strategies to meet the individual’s different roles, commitments and aspirations at work and at home. This has allowed us to create a positive climate where about 30 per cent of our colleagues have chosen to stay with us for more than 15 years. Libraries have a special place in the hearts of Singaporeans. Libraries are well-loved spaces where Singaporeans from all walks of life come together to read and gain knowledge. Our colleagues continue to play a crucial role for NLB to grow its heart share. I look forward to continuing our longstanding strong relations with AUSBE and promoting a healthy, harmonious and productive work environment in NLB.

On behalf of NLB, I wish AUSBE and all its members a Happy May Day!

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y colleagues and I at the Singapore Land Authority congratulate AUSBE on your good work and excellent programmes to promote healthy industrial relations, workers’ workfare and welfare. In his May Day Dinner speech, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam explained that Singapore experienced a slowdown in our economic growth in 2011 largely due to the uncertainty in the global economy. Despite this, our unemployment rate remains lower than most countries because of the large number of jobs created last year. Our economic competitiveness rests on the special tripartite relationship between the Government, employers and the union, such as AUSBE.

Mr Vincent Hoong Chief Executive Singapore Land Authority

SLA is committed to building a strong partnership with AUSBE as can be seen from the recently concluded SLA Employees’ Collective Agreement on 8 May. The new CA 2012 is effective 8 May 2012 and will remain in force for three years until 7 May 2015. SLA will continue working with AUSBE representatives on existing initiatives and will find opportunities to invite AUSBE’s representatives to join the organising committees for our staff activities. For instance, AUSBE was invited to and sent two representatives as part of the SLA Family Day 2012 Committee. SLA also continued to support AUSBE membership by introducing a Union Induction segment in our monthly SLA new staff induction programme to promote the benefits of union membership. In addition, SLA also provided AUSBE a grant to organise activities for SLA union members.

My colleagues and I wish AUSBE and its members a Happy May Day and look forward to another productive year ahead.

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May Day Rally During this year’s May Day Rally, Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong made clear that Singaporeans are and will be the priority in deciding employment policies. The focus will remain on helping low-wage workers by improving their salary as they gain sustainable work qualities. To secure a more sustainable future for Singaporeans, PM Lee said the country’s growth should be aimed at powering a healthy economy and real wage growth. He also cautioned against quick solutions in view of the growing concerns over the increased costs in living and healthcare. Amidst talks on the influx of foreign workers in Singapore, PM Lee addressed the concern, saying that the growth rate of these foreign workers in the country must be slowed down. This is to firstly, solve the issue of overcrowding and secondly, for tripartite partners to concentrate on giving Singapore citizens better jobs, pay and lives. National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Secretary General, Mr Lim Swee Say expressed that the Labour Movement’s aim is viable as he talked about companies and individuals who strived through tough times and managed to improve their productivity and efficiency. The Labour Movement reaffirmed its commitment to strive towards Better Jobs for All, Labour Movement for All and Tripartism for All.

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May Day Awards Galore A total of 92 labour awards were conferred to outstanding individuals and companies at the May Day Dinner held at Orchid Country Club on 29 April 2012. It was the largest number of awards ever given out since 1963. President of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Ms Diana Chia gave a welcome speech to guests after the arrival of the event’s Guestof-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Manpower, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. DPM Tharman also gave his address, followed by the presentation of awards, where three AUSBE members went onstage to receive their honours. AUSBE Partners, Land Transport Authority and National Library Board were conferred the “Plaque of Commendation (Gold)” and “Plaque of Commendation”respectively. AUSBE President Daniel Lai was awarded the “Comrade of Labour”.

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AUSBE President Daniel Lai was Branch Secretary of AUSBE back in 2001, and helped draft its first Collective Agreement in 2004. His promotion of good labour-management, relations earned him the trust from fellow colleagues. The receipt of his award affirmed the recognition of his positive contributions.

The LTA was one of the statutory boards that recognised the formation of AUSBE back in 1997. Since then, LTA and AUSBE have had a strategic partnership in achieving its vision as a people-centred land transport system. The LTA management and union officials often participate in major corporate events together, and engage in regular social gatherings to foster strong bonds.

The NLB has proactively engaged AUSBE in all its key people initiatives before implementation and collaborated on resolving workers’ grievances. The management has continuously strived to provide employees with a conducive working environment, with proper equipment and facilities. NLB staff members are given equal opportunities for training and development.

LTA is also firmly supportive of uniondriven initiatives and enhanced its reemployment framework to provide methods of maintaining employability for retired officers. A weekly time slot is allocated to AUSBE during LTA’s induction programme and support is given during road shows.

NLB makes health and safety provisions available at all facilities, ensuring employees are well taken care of. With Work Injury Compensation Insurance, it contributes towards overall staff safety. Outside of the workplace, NLB gives its staff a wide range of recreational activities to participate in, such as overseas trips and regular exercise classes.

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SLA and AUSBE Sign 2012 Collective Agreement The latest round of negotiations between AUSBE and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has yielded positive outcomes for the union, staff and management. Union representation extended from the current staff grade of E3 to include the higher grade ie those of E4 and E5. Parent-care leave will now cover spouses, handicapped children and grandparents of SLA staff. As such, this leave provision has been renamed as “FamilyCare”, in line with SLA’s efforts to form a work-life friendly workplace for staff. The 2012 Collective Agreement (CA) includes the new re-employment guidelines in accordance with changes to the legislation this year. SLA has continually shown support by re-employing retired staff who are in good health and able to contribute.

“We have enjoyed harmonious labourmanagement relations with the Union thus far, since the first Collective Agreement was signed on 6 Feb 2004. The signing of the 2012 agreement is a further progression of our strong partnership and ties.” - SLA CE, Mr Vincent Hoong

The collaborative efforts between SLA and AUSBE have helped SLA’s staff to remain up-to-date with their knowledge and skills through re-training and reinventing themselves. In turn, SLA’s staff are now better equipped to take on new challenges in their jobs. AUSBE was also given a $5,000 grant by SLA to benefit AUSBE-SLA branch members and to fund significant members’ activities. Each SLA staff was also given a box of pastries whereas union members received an additional pair of movie vouchers for them to commemorate the CA signing.

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AUSBE Clinches Honours at U Run 2012

Into its third year, the U Run, organised by NTUC Club’s U Sports, saw a record number of 5,440 participants rise early on 26 February 2012 for a day of healthy competition. The event flagged off at 7am under clear blue skies and ended at The Float@Marina Bay. Runners had the privilege of a scenic running route past some of Singapore’s most established and recent landmarks including the Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands. This year, the event organisers announced the opening of two staircases at the NTUC Centre at One Marina Boulevard (OMB) to allow the higher volume of runners to complete the vertical climb and OMB Challenge. Representing AUSBE were Mr Glen Copsey, Mr Lim Chua Kwee, Mr Muthusamy s/o Engadasalam and Mr Koh Chang Khim. The AUSBE team finished first place in the Union 10km + Vertical Climb Men’s category. Topping the win, Mr Copsey took top honours in the Union 10km + Vertical Climb Men’s Open.

“This is the first time that I’m participating in such an event. I found it a challenge, not so much in the running but the additional vertical climb at the end. I’m quite proud to represent AUSBE. Although the win was an individual achievement, it was an achievement for AUSBE.” – Union 10km and Vertical Climb (OMB Challenge) Men’s Open Winner, Glen Copsey from AUSBE.

In the Union 10km Competitive Run Men’s Open, Mr Iskandar Bin Akli represented AUSBE and clinched second place. U Run 2012 is the Labour Movement’s signature running event and is part of the U Game 11/12. The event aims to promote sportsmanship among the affiliate unions and has marked itself down as one of the events to look out for in Singapore’s running calendar.

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TAP on UTAP UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) is an initiative by NTUC to encourage more union members to upgrade their skills. Union members who initiate their training are eligible to enjoy a 50% discount from unfunded course fee, with a cap at $500 for each year and $1,000 spread over three years for courses under UTAP. Tell It To Win It! Five pairs of movie tickets to be won! Simply tell us the course you have signed up for; its actual cost; how much savings you have made; how you have benefitted from UTAP; and you stand a chance to win a pair of movie tickets. First five entries win. It’s that easy. Closing date is on 31 July 2012 and is open to AUSBE union members who have at least one year membership. A lucky draw will be held if more than five submissions are received.

Tap on UTAP - As Easy As 1-2-3 To Apply

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Step 1: Go to http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg and click on ‘Apply Now!’

Step 1: Click Login on http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg

Step 2: Enter your particulars and select your Training Provider, Course Title and Course Start & End Date. Click Next Step 3: Click to Agree with the Terms & Conditions of UTAP and Submit Notes: = Members must hold paid-up union membership throughout and after course duration = Training course by training provider must be approved and supported under UTAP = Training courses must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding = Unfunded course fees must be at least $20.00 and above

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Private Movie Screening by AUSBELTA Branch The youth committee from the AUSBE-LTA Branch organised a movie screening of ‘Men In Black 3’ for AUSBE LTA Branch members to kick back and relax. Held at WE Cinemas at Suntec City, a total of 97 members, including their family members, had the opportunity to travel back to 1969 in a journey with MIB Agent J, played by Will Smith. Moviewatchers accompanied Agent J in search of Agent K, played by Tommy Lee Jones, to save the world from an outer-space invasion as Agent K’s nemesis escapes from imprisonment and takes advantage of a time travel device to alter the past.

“Our family have fond memories of MIB1 (1997) and MIB2 (2002), my kids literally grew up with Agent J and Agent K.” - AUSBE ExCo Member, Patrick Teo

“Thank you AUSBE for organising such a wonderful event for my friends and I!” - AUSBE Member, Nur Ruzanna

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Benefitting as a Union Member Ms Fatmah Ghani has been an AUSBE member for the past 37 years and never thought of giving up her union membership. This can be attributed to the union’s efforts in looking out for the interest of its members and the benefits it offers.

Having a sumptuous dinner in Johor Bahru before heading back to Singapore

As a single parent with three children studying in Polytechnic, supporting the family is no easy task for Ms Fatmah. Fortunately for her, being an AUSBE member has helped ease some of her financial burden. Assistance provided by AUSBE representatives in the form of NTUC U-Stretch and Back-to-School vouchers, helped Ms Fatmah defray some household and educational expenses. It’s no surprise why she has never thought of giving up her union membership. It really has its privileges. The AUSBE-HPB branch also organises numerous outings for union members like Ms Fatmah, which include sight-seeing and learning trips in Singapore and Malaysia. The costs for these trips are kept reasonable and affordable to allow union members some time away from work. The outings provide opportunities for union members to interact and bond with fellow colleagues from other departments. Being able to build better

rapport with colleagues in a different environment has proved to be a refreshing experience for union members.

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Batam Seminar NTUC Transport & Logistic Services Cluster 2-3 October 2011

Assistant Secretary of the LTA branch, Ms Clara Ng Woon Tim had the honour of attending a seminar in Batam by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Transport and Logistic Services Cluster. Attending on behalf of brother Patrick Teo, Ms Ng took the opportunity to meet other members of the transport fraternity. DGS Seng Han Thong led 22 NTUC representatives and the other transport services cluster to Batam. The assemblage resided in the Planet Holiday Hotel, where the workshop was also held. Cluster Secretary Ameer Hamzah gave a summary of the seminar objectives, where participants were asked to examine three main themes; Singaporeans First, Members First and Union First. Participants then presented their findings and had an engaging dialogue session, moderated by Mr Ong Chin Ang. The theme that generated most participation was on ‘Singaporeans First’. Mr Gilbert Tan summed up the extensive efforts and achievements of e2i. In their partnership with companies, they were able to sponsor and redesign jobs for their workers. What resulted was an automation of certain jobs, giving a higher productivity and increased salaries for workers. Other exchanges included topics such as the increased number of foreigners taking up shipboard jobs in the high seas. Concern was raised regarding how unions and e2i could assist in getting more Singaporeans jobs of such nature. However, the flipside of the situation was also taken into consideration, such as Singaporeans’ mindset where some are unwilling to settle for shipboard jobs. Indeed, the foreign counterparts who are willing to take on such jobs are compliant with the amount of hardship and a lower salary than what Singaporeans would ask for. In this aspect, employers could save more in labour costs when they hire foreigners.

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Mr Ong reminded participants of the point brought up by Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong during his May Day Rally speech about the disastrous effects of a high wage policy unmatched by productivity levels. The ‘Members First’ theme saw the mention of NTUC’s efforts in seeking out collaborations with other companies and retail outlets to give NTUC members more benefits as they patronise or work with these partners. Even as NTUC continually tries to gain more members, retaining current members will remain as a task for the union to uphold. Attracting the Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians is a new objective rolled out by NTUC in 2012. Ms Ng had the pleasure of sharing information on the joint union-management workshops held by Human Resources from the LTA-AUSBE branch. The workshop gained AUSBE some membership from a few managers, gave participants a better understanding of AUSBE and its role in the workplace. Mr Mohamad Randy from NTUC gave a presentation based on the ‘Union First’ theme, citing examples of veterans giving way to younger leaders, letting them take on new reins.


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However, the younger leaders should not forget to tap on the expertise and wealth of knowledge of older leaders for the purposes of guidance and mentoring. To wrap up the workshop, Mr Ong encouraged feedback from participants on Land Transport Policies as the livelihood of workers can be affected. He suggested setting up a ‘productivity committee’ to oversee the development of workers and to oversee any needs. The retreat concluded with a consensus to monitor the influx of foreign workers.

Learning Visit to PT ASL Shipyard Indonesia The second day saw the seminar’s participants visiting PT ASL Shipyard Indonesia, a subsidiary of ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. Mr Tan Teck Hwee showed participants around the 30-hectare yard, and talked about PT ASL as a niche builder, specialising in offshore support vessels. They deal with conversions, life extensions and repairs and have a worldwide clientele. Participants were heartened to see fellow workers doing well overseas. Participants had a chance to indulge in some last minute shopping at Nagoya Hill Mall and a sumptuous lunch before returning to Singapore.

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AUSBE Retirees’ Night 2012

AUSBE celebrated the retirement of their members who left the union in 2011. Held on 22 May 2012, the gathering saw retirees at LTA Club 7, 1 Hampshire Road having an eventful night filled with fun and games. Some 42 retirees from 12 statutory boards attended the informal gathering organised by AUSBE’s Social and Welfare Sub-Committee. Attendees received goodie bags consisting of a portable mini shoulder massager, a towel and an NTUC retirement plan brochure. Ushered Winner of the VCD player after a segment with AIA consultants down to the guest hall, retirees got to enjoy a live performance from the LTA live band. Dinner was a sumptuous buffet spread accompanied General Secretary brother Singam presented gift by hit songs from the 70’s to the 90’s performed by the vouchers to retirees, and Membership Chairman DGS live band. Executive Committee members joined the Seah Chong Beng presented the top four recruiter gathering as AUSBE President brother Daniel Lai gave prize awards. The gathering closed with 10 retirees a welcome speech, honouring the work of retirees, in winning lucky draw prizes. appreciation for their hard work and loyal support to the union. The gathering was also an opportunity for AUSBE appreciates the gifts contributed by U Live and retirees to mingle with one another, catching up on the well-executed gathering by the Sub-Committee. each other’s retirement lives. AUSBE looks forward to organising future gatherings for retirees in appreciation of their hard work and accomplishments.

Top recruiter - Tan Teck Su (left) from LTA with Membership Chairman DGS Seah Chong Beng

Consultants from AIA also gave a brief talk to retirees about the importance of planning for their retirement. Members had a chance to win a VCD player by scoring in a quiz regarding retirement planning. AUSBE

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AUSBE Achieves in NVM 2012 The National Vertical Marathon (NVM) 2012, organised by NTU Sports Club, is here once again. Into its 18th year, the NVM 2012, held at Asia Square on 3 June 2012, saw participants pitting against each other for a spot at the top as they climb 40 stories. Team AUSBE was represented by Mr Lim Chuan Kwee, Mr Glen Copsey, Mr Iskandar Bin Akli and Ms Loke Sow Leng. The team did AUSBE proud once again by attaining the first position in the NTUC Corporate Challenge Category, the second event win this year. The NVM 2012 was organised by the 18th Organising Committee of the NTU Sports Club as an alternative sporting event to flat road marathons. The distinctive nature of the event has given rise to a loyal following of running enthusiasts over the years.

AUSBE congratulates the union’s representatives for their relentless efforts and admirable sportsmanship in taking on the challenge of a vertical marathon.

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No Country For Old Men - by Patrick Teo

“There is no country for old men”. The first line of William Butler Yeats’ 1927 poem which is not simply about an old man, but more about ageing and the desire to cling to life as one nears the end of it. In 2030, there will be 900,000 persons above 65 years old. As the population ages in Singapore, will there be “No Country For Old Men”? Winner of 4 Oscars at the 2008 Academy Awards, the movie, title inspired by Yeats’ poem, “No Country For Old Men” stars Tommy Lee Jones, as old Sheriff Ed Tom Bell. With the classic setting of a western film, the vast, desolate landscapes are primitive, abandoned and haunted. The setting support the film’s overarching themes of fate, conscience, circumstance and death. A metaphor for death, but more so, the death of the old way of life. The life that he knew. As the population ages in Singapore, will there be No Country For Old Men? Where the old can only yearn for the life that they knew that is no more? In the opening scene, old Sheriff Ed tells us that it used to be a real easy life. His demeanour throughout the film emphasises his old-school attitude. As the plot unfolds, old Sheriff Ed realises that the world of 1980 is too much for him to bear. As the population ages in Singapore, will there be No Country For Old Men? Will the old realise, as old Sheriff Ed did, that their world that they knew as Singapore has become too much for them to bear?

Sheriff Ed is the law enforcement, but he is very apathetic about his job. It is not that he does not care, but does not know what to think anymore. Sheriff Ed is perplexed and confused at the crimes he is witnessing and no longer wants to solve. He is an old timer and he does not want to be a part of something he doesn’t understand. As the population ages in Singapore, will there be No Country For Old Men? Will the old feel apathetic, perplexed and confused, and do not know what to think anymore, as old Sheriff Ed felt, and that they do not want to be a part of something they don’t understand?

“Growing Old is Mandatory - Growing Wise Is Optional” ~Author Unknown To find out the answers to these mind-boggling questions, 48 union leaders attended the Executive Leadership Programme (ELP), “Ageing Population in Singapore – Implications and Responses” on 23 – 24 May 2012 at the Orchid Country Club. The ELP provides union leaders with deeper insights into public policies and national issues which impact unions and workers through engagement with policy makers, academics and practitioners. Seven AUSBE brothers and sisters attended the ELP. I was amongst one of them. The other union brothers and sisters are from: • Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union (AREU) • Amalgamated Union of Public Employees (AUPE) • Amalgamated Union of Statutory Board Employees (AUSBE) • Chemical Industries Employees’ Union (CIEU) • Dnata Singapore Staff Union (DSSU)

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Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU) Singapore Airlines Staff Union (SIASU) Union of Power and Gas Employees (UPAGE) Union of Telecoms Employees of Singapore (UTES) United Workers of Electronic And Electrical Industries (UWEEI)

After a scrumptious breakfast with lush greenery and the placid Lower Seletar Reservoir as a backdrop, Sister Lulu Goh, Assistant Director, OTCi did her welcoming address with her usual ever cheerful disposition. That got off everybody in a cheery start in Day 1. Sister Teoh Zsin Woon, Director, Ageing Planning Office, Ministry of Health kick started ELP with an Overview of Ageing in Singapore – Understanding Trends and Challenges. One important positive factor in coping with an ageing population is the fact that 90 per cent of Singaporeans live in public housing estates. Enabling Ageing-In-Place where young and old residents live alongside one another, mingling and interacting daily. One of the challenges to Ageing-InPlace is the NIMBY not-in-my-back-yard syndrome. Will Singapore become too much for the old to bear, if NIMBY syndrome becomes a predominant way of thinking? George Harrison, inspired by reading the I Ching, wrote this lyric: “I look at the trouble and see that it’s raging, While my guitar gently weeps. As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but ageing, Still, my guitar gently weeps.” (Beatles - “While my guitar gently weeps.”) According to I Ching: “everything is relative to everything else, and nothing is coincidental”. Which, as Harrison put it, “seemed to me to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else as opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental. Perhaps, there is reason to be optimistic that the NIMBY syndrome will not become a predominant way of thinking if we have faith in our people’s Eastern perspective that everything is relative to everything else - of fate, of conscience and of circumstance, and of death. Next, Sister Ng Li San, Deputy Director, Retirement Systems Team, Income Security Policy Division, Ministry of Manpower spoke on Income Security in Retirement. Helping Singaporeans work longer, save more in CPF, making CPF lasts longer and ensuring we will not outlive our CPF. At Q&A time, participants echoed an oft-heard sentiment that the CPF minimum sum scheme had effectively deferred

citizens’ CPF withdrawal age from 55 years old to 65 years old. Participants viewed that it is still after all “My money”, and why are they only able to access to it only when they are too old and frail to enjoy their fruits of a lifetime of hardwork. While it is prudent to ensure income security in retirement, a balanced approach is needed so that CPF is not hoarded and locked away only to be released when one is sick and at his deathbed. Another salient point raised was the gap of three years between the retirement age of 62 and when the CPF Life payment starts to kick in at age 65. What does one live on in these three years of “space-time dis-continuum”? Brother Thiagarajan, Director, OTCi interjected and proclaimed that his initial worry of having no questions raised at Q & A time was totally unfounded. Our Union brothers and sisters shot so many hardball questions, Brother Thiaga joked that he wondered if the speakers will ever return if invited again. Another lyric would be apt to describe Singaporeans’ worry on income security. “Send me a postcard, drop me a line, Stating point of view. Indicate precisely what you mean to say Yours sincerely, wasting away. Give me your answer, fill in a form Mine for evermore Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I’m sixty-four?” (Beatles “When I’m Sixty Four”) Our union brothers and sisters had an engaging lunch dialogue with DSG Heng Chee How. Brother Dr Ng Wai Chong, Assistant Director of Hua Mei Mobile Clinic, Tsao Foundation, was next, speaking on Policies and Programmes for our Ageing Society. Brother Dr Ng passionately shared Tsao Foundation’s philosophy of an alternative culture of elderly-centred care that recognises the centrality of the human spirit; the subservience of health and social services; and the greater need for companionship, dignity and self-actualisation over physiological and security needs. The 3 plagues of ageing are loneliness, helplessness and boredom. How well we age is determined by nurture (how well we live) rather than nature (our genes). It is heartwarming to learn that we have in our midst Brother Ng and his colleagues at Tsao Foundation who are doing the right thing. Our union brothers and sisters salute Brother Dr Ng for his undying (pun intended) dedication to the cause of making the world a better place.

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Sister Lulu breaking the ice

Sister Clara engaging the seniors

“What a pity that youth is wasted on the young.” -George Bernard Shaw

Perceptions about ageing often drive reality. A survey found that the average Singaporean saw “old age” starting at 67, whereas Americans think that “old age” starts 10 years later, at 77. This perception may further change exponentially if only we consider that the legendary Peng Zu (彭祖) the longlived figure in China, who supposedly lived over 800 years in the Yin Dynasty. Our perceptions of when we have grown old and what it means to be old must change if people are to remain active longer. The Council for Third Age (C3A) was set up last year to change traditional perceptions of growing old and to promote active aging. The worst thing that can happen to an old person is to lose hope, courage, sense of humour or interest in others to preoccupation with the negative events and interpretations of those events. People tend to associate old age with decrepitude and senility, but we have no reason to assume that weakness is inevitable in the old.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~Mark Twain.

Day Two started off with another equally scrumptious breakfast and networking with fellow union brothers and sisters. After a recap of the learnings of Day 1 by Sister Lulu Goh, we headed to Punggol (actually Hougang!) Upon arrival at NTUC Silver Circle @ Punggol South at Hougang St 51, we engaged with the elderly at the Centre, followed by Corporate briefing – introduction of vision, mission, challenges and future plans of ElderCare by Sister Lim Sia Hoe, General Manager of NTUC Eldercare Cooperative Ltd. ElderCare’s vision is to foster a society for all ages that supports active ageing and values the contributions of older people. NTUC Eldercare was set up in 1997 to provide quality and affordable eldercare services for our seniors in the community. These services include a centre-based daycare programme, known as Silver Circle, and home-based service, known as Care@home. There are eight Silver Circle centres located at various parts of Singapore. The daycare programme engages seniors in meaningful and interactive activities during the day while their children are at work. Moving forward, NTUC Eldercare will continue to widen its range of eldercare services, as well as deepen its capability, so that more seniors and their family members can benefit from its service. Our union brothers and sisters had an engaging lunch dialogue with IPSG Brother Lim Boon Heng. Brother Lim passionately shared his wealth of views and experience in the area of ageing population. On active ageing and staying healthy, Brother Lim gave this gem of an advice for “good maintenance” of an ageing body: “Use it or lose it” ELP concluded with Brother Lim giving out the Certificates of Participation to all union brothers and sisters, and final networking and farewells.

Sister Lim on future challenges

“Use it or lose it” -IPSG Brother Lim

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“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” ~Author Unknown

What I have shared in this article is my takeaway from ELP, with additional “ingredients” of my humble personal perspective shaped by my own life experiences. Eagles, Deep Purple, Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Air Supply, Lobo and The Platters – these legendary musicians have one thing in common, they are all babyboomers, alive (albeit one sadly) and kicking, and having the time of their life performing in world tours. And when they come to Singapore to perform, the packed audience are almost all babyboomers, my wife and I included. We always share this joke that we had better make it a point to attend their concerts as it may well be their last. Go onboard any cruise ship, babyboomers are everywhere to be found. At the East Coast Park, babyboomers jogging, brisk walking, in tranquillity of qiqong movements. Elsewhere, they are practicing yoga, dancing, learning a musical instrument, reading a good book. Babyboomers have the nasty habit of changing the social pattern with each stage of life they move into. This is probably due to their sheer overwhelming numbers compared to any other group. Babyboomers are largely better educated, better off financially. Thus social patterns will change dramatically as this group ages. Not frail and sickly. But perhaps wise and able. Enjoying the harvest in their silver years.

“Live long and prosper!” -Spock

Perhaps we can envision a scenario of this “new normal” of the silver tsunami of dignified self-actualising elders, where the young and the old live alongside one another, mingling and interacting; where the young have the elderly as neighbours and friends; where the young and the old coexist alongside one another in workplaces, maintaining the invaluable “space-time continuum” social compact between the future and the past; where lessons are never lost, but passed down, permanently ingrained as a collective social memory and ever accumulating like a snowball, generations after generations. Perhaps this is already taking shape right before our very eyes, I have always held the belief that in any course I attended, if I could take away just one thought-provoking learning point, it is a course worth attending. In ELP, the mind-blowing gem I took away was “under-estimating life expectancy”. There is now a very good possibility that one may well live beyond

90 and possibly to a hundred! In construction contract, we call this “extension of time”! So now we not only can get more out of life, we get more life! So go practice “good maintenance”, stay healthy, enjoy this “extension of time” in this incredible journey called LIFE!

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AUSBE New Members

Recruited From January-May

2012

ALAN TAN GEOK LIAN .......................................................... AVA

SUKHJIT SINGH S/O SUKUDEW SINGH............................... HPB

AMRAN BIN MOHD................................................................. AVA

APRIL ANN TUNGUL . ............................................................ HSA

LILIAN BOH............................................................................. AVA

CHEONG SHU QI .................................................................... HSA

CHEN JING .............................................................................. AVA

GOH CHUN AI CARINE . ......................................................... HSA

JOSEPHINE SADHANA GEORGE........................................... AVA

LIM YONGJIE NATHANAEL.................................................... HSA

LEE KOK CHIUN ...................................................................... AVA

MAY MYAT KHAING ............................................................... HSA

NG YEW JIN BERNARD ......................................................... AVA

MOHAMED NAZIR S/O NAINA MOHAMED.......................... HSA

PARAMASWARI D/O KRISHNA............................................... AVA

MOHAMMAD NUH SHAFIQ BIN ISMAIL............................... HSA

SHAHRILL BIN MALASIN ....................................................... AVA

ROSALIE SALAS...................................................................... HSA

SHELLA MAE GARDOSE FORRO........................................... AVA

TAN SHI LIN .......................................................................... HSA

WANG ZHENG MING.............................................................. AVA

TAN YONG MING ................................................................... HSA

WU YUAN SHENG . ................................................................ AVA

THIDA AUNG .......................................................................... HSA

ABDUL JALEEL BIN SHAHUL HAMID . ................................. BCA

TUNG SIEW LAI ...................................................................... HSA

KHO AI KUAN ......................................................................... BCA

WONG PUI YOKE . .................................................................. HSA

MAH KAH WAI......................................................................... BCA

YAZRUL RAHMAN BIN MOHAMED YASSIN......................... HSA

TAY CHEE KEONG .................................................................. BCA

CHEW BEE LENG .................................................................... IDA

ZHANG XIUTING..................................................................... BCA

GOH ENG KIAT ALAN ............................................................ IDA

LIM KOK TEE............................................................................ BCA

HO MAN CHEUNG . ................................................................ IDA

NUR’AININA BINTE M.SALIM................................................ DSGB

KWA CHOON GUAN . ............................................................. IDA

WONG HUI SEN . .................................................................... DSGB

LEE CHUIN SIANG .................................................................. IDA

CHEE HENG MEN ................................................................... DSTA

LEE OI LING SHARONN ......................................................... IDA

CHEE KIM TECK MARK .......................................................... DSTA

LIM KOK KUAN ....................................................................... IDA

CHUA SEOW KIE .................................................................... DSTA

LIN WAN BOON CECILIA ....................................................... IDA

GOH GIM WEI ......................................................................... DSTA

NARINAS ABDUL LATIB @

HENG SWEE PING .................................................................. DSTA

NARINAS PRATHEEP IMAROMNA......................................... IDA

HO KWEE PENG JULI ............................................................. DSTA

SOH POH CHEW ..................................................................... IDA

HONG RUI SAN ...................................................................... DSTA

TEO BENG WEE JAMES ........................................................ IDA

KANG CHING SEONG ............................................................ DSTA

YAP NENG KIAT....................................................................... IDA

KEE PEI LING............................................................................ DSTA

JENNIE ONG BEE LIAN .......................................................... IPOS

LOW ENG CHEW .................................................................... DSTA

ABDUL RAHIM B. ABDUL RASYID ........................................ LTA

ONG HWA SENG .................................................................... DSTA

ABDUL RAZACK JAFARULLAH.............................................. LTA

PANG YEOK MEN.................................................................... DSTA

AHMAD AKRAM BIN MOHAMED ISMAIL ............................ LTA

SATVINDER KAUR .................................................................. DSTA

AMIRAH BINTE ABDUL AZIZ.................................................. LTA

SEAH PECK BENG .................................................................. DSTA

BORAC MARIECRIS ANDUYO................................................ LTA

SENG KOK MUI ...................................................................... DSTA

CHAN ENG KEAT .................................................................... LTA

TAY SWEE HWA . .................................................................... DSTA

CHENG CHIT SIONG................................................................ LTA

TENG SIANG LOONG . ........................................................... DSTA

CHIANG FEI LOONG DESMOND ........................................... LTA

TEO KAR KHIM ....................................................................... DSTA

CHUA TECK KHIN ................................................................... LTA

CHEONG CUI WEN ................................................................. EMA

EDWARD SIM KIM HOCK ....................................................... LTA

JASBINDERJIT SINGH BHANDAL.......................................... EMA

FAROUK BIN MUHAMMAD ................................................... LTA

LEE GUO RUI .......................................................................... EMA

G K MATHIRAJ . ...................................................................... LTA

MUHAMMAD MUBARAK S/O SYED AHMAD ...................... EMA

GILBERT DE LOS SANTOS .................................................... LTA

TAN PEI BOON ........................................................................ EMA

GINA CHIN SIEW LING . ......................................................... LTA

TEO LAY HUI ........................................................................... EMA

GOH POH BOON ..................................................................... LTA

TING SUI FONG ...................................................................... EMA

HASWASTI BINTE IBRAHIM .................................................. LTA

HAFIZI BIN SENEN ................................................................. HPB

HO JIA XIN DONOVAN . ......................................................... LTA

LAU LIYAN DOREEN................................................................ HPB

HO POI HUNG ......................................................................... LTA

MANNAN MANOJ KUMAR.................................................... HPB

HO SENG YIP .......................................................................... LTA

SHARIFAH NOR BTE IBRAHIM............................................... HPB

JALIL BIN OMAR .................................................................... LTA

SITI NORAZLIN BINTE SHEIKH ABDULLAH.......................... HPB

JONATHAN LOKE YEW CHONG ........................................... LTA

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JOSEPH CHEONG CHEE HONG............................................. LTA

LOH WEIXUN CAESAR .......................................................... MPA

KELVIN NG KHAY GUAN......................................................... LTA

MOHAMAD FADILY BIN MOHD SENEN ............................... MPA

KO WEE LOON ........................................................................ LTA

NORAZAH BTE ZAINAL ......................................................... MPA

LAI PAU LING .......................................................................... LTA

PRATHAP S/O GOVINDAN RAGHAVAN................................. MPA

LEE BOON HUEN .................................................................... LTA

SHERRY TAN SOO WEN ........................................................ MPA

LILY TAN TOPPING ................................................................. LTA

TAN WEI LIANG ...................................................................... MPA

LIM CHEE KEAN . .................................................................... LTA

TAY GUEK ENG . ..................................................................... MPA

LIM PEI LING ........................................................................... LTA

TAY MINGLI . .......................................................................... MPA

LIN GUANGYE SHAWN ......................................................... LTA

VENESSA LIM CHU YING....................................................... MPA

LINDA FOO WOON CHIAM .................................................... LTA

NURSYAFIQAH BINTE SALIM ............................................... NLB

LOH YING FOONG................................................................... LTA

UMMU AIMAN BTE AZHARUDIN.......................................... NLB

MOHAMAD KHIZAR BIN ANI.................................................. LTA

WONG CHONG FATT............................................................... NLB

MOHAMED FAIZALBIN NORDIN............................................ LTA

WU HAO................................................................................... NLB

MOHAMMAD FANDI BIN SAMAT.......................................... LTA

MOHAMMED HASSAN ALI TABREZ...................................... NLB

NURSAA’DAH BTE ABDUL GHANI ....................................... LTA

NG LAY HIONG ....................................................................... NLB

NURSUBHI BIN ACHIS............................................................ LTA

NORLIN BINTE NAIM.............................................................. NLB

PARAMASIVAM MURUGAN .................................................. LTA

NURIYANA BINTE MOHAMED KASSIM ............................... NLB

PNG BOON PING .................................................................... LTA

CHAN WEI HOONG DEREK..................................................... SLA

RAVINDRAN KALAMOGEN..................................................... LTA

NUR ZULEIRA BINTE ZAINAL................................................. SLA

REETU KAUR .......................................................................... LTA

SEE BOON PING(SHI WENBIN).............................................. SLA

REYNALDO JR N CANIEDO ................................................... LTA

TAN PEI YONG ........................................................................ SLA

ROSLI BIN ABDUL WAHAB . .................................................. LTA

ZHUO HONGDA ...................................................................... SLA

S. UMA MAGESHWARY ........................................................ LTA SHAHRIZAH BIN HAMDAN . .................................................. LTA SHANKAR DENVAR S/O SILVARAJ........................................ LTA SIA KOK BOON OWEN........................................................... LTA SRI WAHYUNI BINTE MOHAMED YAHYA............................. LTA SUDJADI ................................................................................. LTA SYED MOHAMMED FARIQUE FESHAL

TOTAL RECRUITED 169 MEMBERS

BIN SYED SALIM ALATTAS.................................................... LTA TAN SHI HUI . .......................................................................... LTA TEO LIANG JIN ....................................................................... LTA TEOW KENG CHUAN ............................................................. LTA THINESWARY MARIAPPAN ................................................... LTA TOH BOON CHUAN ................................................................ LTA TOH LI PING ............................................................................ LTA WONG FOOK KHEE ................................................................ LTA WONG WAI YOONG ............................................................... LTA WONG WEI SONG .................................................................. LTA BALKIS BINTE ISMAIL . .......................................................... MPA CHEONG SIN HUAT . .............................................................. MPA DILSHAO AHMAD . ................................................................. MPA FAEZAH BINTE RAHMAN ...................................................... MPA GUNASELAN MUTHUSAMY.................................................. MPA KELVIN NEO LOONG ANN . ................................................... MPA KOH KENG BOON . ................................................................. MPA KUMUTHA D/O THINAGARAN............................................... MPA LEE KIAN SEEM LYNETTE...................................................... MPA LIM KHOK CHENG .................................................................. MPA

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