The girl who laughed too much, too loud

November 2, 2006

Harsh reality

Filed under: thoughts — elyseeteo @ 1:40 am

Actually, I must admit, I haven’t really read Wee Shu Min’s blog entry.

And I read it just.

To my dear teenage friends who are likely to be turned off by a long blog post like this, without pictures (?!?! how can it be?). Perhaps this could get you to start thinking about your future. I have included the 2 blog posts below, one by WSM, one by Derrick wee. Your Os are here now. What are you going to choose to do now? Reality can be very cruel indeed.

Now, since I do not come from the Raffles clan. But still from a school good enough to produce elites and scholars (they should not be grouped together).

So I wonder. What do you, my smart friends, think about this? (especially those with PSC =P) and of course you, from the raffles clan, what do you think about it?

Me, I truly empathise with the fellow singaporeans, working hard to make ends meet. AND I think there is a need to help our fellow countrymen.

Recently, I had the unfortunate opportunity to play the role of a hirer.

I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who responded to this tiny 3-lined advertisement. More than 50 of them I reckon.

Firstly, my instructions were clear. CALL 9XXXXXXX. A couple of them smsed.

Then 1 or 2 buggers called at 10-11pm?!?!? why?

Another handful called 5 days to 1 week later. I think they can forget about it.

Some called and asked if there is an age limit. I thought to myself that I really want to give older people a chance, since there are reports of employers discriminating against older people. I wanted to be sweet and considerate. So I said, no, there is no limit, but however you have to be physically fit as this can be hard work.

And guess what? Most of the ‘aged’ people (40-50yrs old) were turned off by the job! seriously 40yrs old is not old. There are jobs out there, and the big question is: are you willing to take hardship?

Listen. They rejected me, before I could reject them!!

A couple of other jokers called and asked things like:

Is this job difficult?
Is this job tiring?
Are there alot of work to do?

Blah blah blah… til I really do not want to bother to answer.

Shocked? but true! There ARE people like that!!!! Quite a number of them.

Totally wasting my time!

And THEN. I shortlisted 10-15 of them for the interview. On a saturday morning. (I did not have a choice due to my schedule)

I went out til 4.30am the previous day, BUT I managed to reach at 8am. As I wanted to be early.

In the end.

10 did not show up.

Only 2 were on time. The others were around 15-30mins late.

Out of the 2, only 1 had experience. So the choice is so freaking easy!

That is from the optimistic side of the story. The other side will be. Why are there so many people whining around, making human resource management such a difficult task??? I did not even have much choices to choose my employee from!

I know it must be difficult to wake up on a saturday morning. But hey! even I can do it, sleeping at around 5+am. I really do not see why others can’t do it.

And guess what? I am a girl. And I am from the strawberry generation.

Seriously. Dear 40-50year old uncles, who are the strawberries now?

I have so many friends around me working their asses off. Chenwei, as bimbotic as she seems. HAHAHAHA. I mean, she is well-groomed, well-dressed, and her makeup is always perfect. (Her PSLE is like around 270, so she is not a bimbo ok? ha.) She works almost 7 days a week! clocking almost 11-12hours a day on some days. On my busy days, I clock 15-29 hours a day. (I know I do not look like I can work that hard. But who wants to look like a tired, stressed and hagged woman?? Ha.)

Even us, xiao mei meis in your eyes, are all working hard. what about you, uncles?

To some of the people who wrote comments like ‘Shu min assumed that going to a good school is her right’. I beg to differ. Our society is still mecritocratic. She, like everyone of us, has to work her ass off to get the good grades to get into good schools. Please do not forget that.

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own actions. If you have not worked hard when you were young, I do not think that you have the right to complain now. (I am not including those who do not have the chance to study here)

Side note:
To my teenage friends who managed to read til this point =), I am sure you do not want to end up worrying about your rice bowl when you are old? Study hard for your ‘O’ levels ok? =)

Have you worked hard in school? or were you playing a fool then? I believe you can too get into a good school, if you put in your 101%. Instead of harvesting the bitter fruits that you planted in your carefree youthful days…

To this particular uncle, who was not at home when I called his house. Heart wrecking were the words to use, when I spoke to his wife.

Do you know it breaks my heart to tell your wife that you are not selected for the interview? Why do you have to make it so easy for me, to reject you by asking so many irritating questions like ‘will this job be very xin1 ku3 (difficult and tiring)’?

Actually I am an extremely lousy HR person. The previous recruitment, I offered the job to this guy who looked and sounded that he really really needed the job. ha. Totally overlooking his inadequacies.

But hey, my rational is that. since he needed the job so much, he will put in his 101% for the job, no?

*sighs* another flaw in my ideal world.

PS: My view of the ‘real world’ is very limited. These are just my humble thoughts from my life experiences.

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For public information, here it is.

From:
http://www.suchvividnothing.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 19, 2006

mom’s friend sent her some blog post by some bleeding stupid 40-year old singaporean called derek wee (WHY do all the idiots have my surname why?!) whining about how singapore is such an insecure place, how old ppl (ie, 40 and above) fear for their jobs, how the pool of foreign “talent” (dismissively chucked between inverted commas) is really a tsunami that will consume us all (no actually he didn’t say that, he probably said Fouren Talern Bery Bad.), how the reason why no one wants kids is that they’re a liability in this world of fragile ricebowls, how the government really needs to save us from inevitable doom but they aren’t because they are stick-shoved-up-ass elites who have no idea how the world works, yadayadayadayada.

i am inclined – too much, perhaps – to dismiss such people as crackpots. stupid crackpots. the sadder class. too often singaporeans – both the neighborhood poor and the red-taloned socialites – kid themselves into believing that our society, like most others, is compartmentalized by breeding. ridiculous. we are a tyranny of the capable and the clever, and the only other class is the complement.

sad derek attracted more than 50 comments praising him for his poignant views, joining him in a chorus of complaints that climax at the accusation of lack of press freedom because his all-too-true views had been rejected by the straits times forum. while i tend to gripe about how we only have one functioning newspaper too, i think the main reason for its lack of publication was that his incensed diatribe was written in pathetic little scraps that passed off as sentences, with poor spelling and no grammar.

derek, derek, derek darling, how can you expect to have an iron ricebowl or a solid future if you cannot spell?

if you’re not good enough, life will kick you in the balls. that’s just how things go. there’s no point in lambasting the government for making our society one that is, i quote, “far too survival of fittest”. it’s the same everywhere. yes discrimination exists, and it is sad, but most of the time if people would prefer hiring other people over you, it’s because they’re better. it’s so sad when people like old derek lament the kind of world that singapore will be if we make it so uncertain. go be friggin communist, if uncertainty of success offends you so much – you will certainly be poor and miserable. unless you are an arm-twisting commie bully, which, given your whiny middle-class undereducated penchant, i doubt.

then again, it’s easy for me to say. my future isn’t certain but i guess right now it’s a lot brighter than most people’s. derek will read this and brand me as an 18-year old elite, one of the sinners who will inherit the country and run his stock to the gutter. go ahead. the world is about winners and losers. it’s only sad when people who could be winners are marginalised and oppressed. is dear derek starving? has dear derek been denied an education? has dear derek been forced into child prostitution? has dear derek had his clan massacred by the government?

i should think not. dear derek is one of many wretched, undermotivated, overassuming leeches in our country, and in this world. one of those who would prefer to be unemployed and wax lyrical about how his myriad talents are being abandoned for the foreigner’s, instead of earning a decent, stable living as a sales assistant. it’s not even about being a road sweeper. these shitbags don’t want anything without “manager” and a name card.

please, get out of my elite uncaring face.

posted at 12:08 PM

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Derek Wee’s original commentary which prompted Ms Wee’s response above.

By Derek Wee
Oct 12, 2006

When I read the Straits Times article (dated 24 Sep) on PM Lee calling the young to be committed and make a difference to Singapore, I have so much thought about the issue.

I am 35 years old, graduated from University and gainfully employed in a multinational company. But I cannot help but feel insecure over the future of Singapore. Lets face it, it’s not uncommon to hear, “when you are above 40, you are over the hill”.

The government has been stressing on re-training, skills upgrading and re-adapt. The fact is, no matter how well qualified or adaptable one is, once you hit the magical 40, employers will say, “you are simply too old”.

We have been focusing our resources and problem solving on low unskilled labour. But in reality, our managerial positions and skilled labour force are actually fast losing its competitiveness.

I travel around the region frequently for the past 10 years. It didn’t take me long to realise how far our neighbours have come over the past decade.

They have quality skilled workers, and are less expensive. When I work with them, their analytical skills are equally good, if not better than us.

It’s not new anymore. Taxi drivers are fast becoming “too early to retire, too old to work” segment of the society. I like to talk to taxi drivers whenever I am heading for the airport.

There was this driver. Eloquent and well read. He was an export manager for 12 years with an MNC. Retrenched at 40 years old. He had been searching for a job since his retrenchment.

Although he was willing to lower his pay expectations, employers were not willing to lower their prejudice. He was deemed too old. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another No. 1; having the most highly educated taxi drivers in the world.

On PM Lee calling the young to be committed and make a difference. Look around us. How dedicated can we be to Singapore when we can visualise what’s in store for us after we turned 40? Then again, how committed are employers to us? But we can’t blame them. They have bottom lines & shareholders’ gain to answer to.

Onus is really on the government to revamp the society. A society that is not a pressure cooker. A society that does not mirror so perfectly, what survival of the fittest is…

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