At a Coffee Shop somewhere in the west of Singapore. Two men dressed in shirt & tie were chatting over coffee in a mixed English-Hokkien fashion, they both looked like businessmen to me. I sat on the table right next to them as that was the only table available. While enjoying my coffee fix, I heard a part of the conversation
(as usual, i activated my voice recorder);
Man1 : You heard about it? 4 months maternity leave for female now! Wah Jia lat!
Man2 : Ya lor, he already say on TV that day mah. Bo bian, he say only, but we suffer.
Man1 : Like that who dares to employ female staff? It will cause another problem for the economy you know?
Man2 : Like?
Man1 : Unemployment Rate will shoot up! 4 months maternity is a killer for companies you know? Siao ah!
Man2 : How leh?
Man1 : Ok, imagine 1 female staff, her pay is about $2500, with CPF added in is about $3325 per female staff.
Man1 : Then if this female staff goes on 4 months maternity, it will be $3335 x 4 months, that works out to $13300 per female staff!
Man2 : Wah Jia Lat! You count like dat very scary, imagine $13300 down the drain.
Man1 : Ya! And by making it so "attractive" females will want to give birth more often. Since they are getting 12 months salary for working only 8 months!
Man2 : I see your point. Wah lau! If the female staff decide to have 3 children, 1 per year then we all die liao!!!
Man1 : Ya lah! You see, 4 months maternity per child, if the female staff have 1 child per year for consecutively 3 years, that means she work 2 years get 3 years salary!!! (4 months per child x 3 child = 12 months maternity over 3 years period) That means potentially we lost $39900 per female staff sia!!!!! KNN!
Man2 : Wah, let me count, I got 10 female staff, if they all go give birth consecutively for 3 years each… I will lost $399000!!!!! I can fucking buy many things with that money!!!!! Think I will stop employing female staff from now on. I better tell my HR ASAP.
Man1 : Ya! I already told my HR to stop employing female staff. But have to be subtle, if not surely will get complained for discrimination.
Man2 : Ya ya, be careful. Sighz, I pity the females sia….
Man1 : Oh, by the way you remember what Lee’s dad once said?
Man2 : Ya lah. "2’s Enough".
Both : Hahahahahahahaahahahaahahaaha……
Time is better spent making money than making babies.
4 Months Maternity is not making any business sense. If what the 2 businessmen had speculated comes true, more social problem will arise.
For me, I will try to make sure I employ more males from now on.
It’s not discrimination.
On Singapore Roads
* Met 0 Road Idiots Since my last Blog.
* Total 1008 Road Idiots Encountered on SG Roads.
– (Congrats to SGF2894J Champaign Nissan Latio – You are the 1000th Idiot)
* More "Media Free Play" from The Government.
* More Media Associations to represent local media owners.
* All Road Hoggers Dead.
* All Reckless Bikers Dead.
* For God’s Sake Clean Up Trash On Public Roads, esp AYE.
* Petrol Companies are Profiteering yet Authorities Don’t Care.
* No Roadworks during Peak Hours Please!
* Please tell me where can I dine without the presense of PRCs!
* Foreign Talents or Foreign Troublemakers? We shall see.