(TL;DR) 5 points for you to look smart in front of your friends.
1) Who is Ang Hin Kee?
• Assistant Secretary-General in the National Trades Union Congress.
• Adviser to the National Taxi Association (NTA)
• MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC
• Married for over 17 years
2) What makes him tick?
The Future of Work in Singapore, including freelancers and self-employed workers. Read his very interesting blogpost here.
3) So what does he think about the freelancers and their work?
Society needs to move away from the past notion of what defines a good job, and a stable income.
We talked about encouraging entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit in our people. It is a positive sign that there are increasingly more Singaporeans opting for freelance work. It is also crucial that we offer them the right support that can benefit them directly and enable them to thrive.
Freelancers, like many new working people, are seeking new earning options and it should not surprise us if freelance work become our new job entrants’ preferred choice of earning their first pay.
Perhaps it is we who need the courage to adapt our mindset, policies and offer them stronger support and recognition.
4) What did he wear for Parliament?
7/10 – Safe white shirt, coupled with his hair he reminds me of the friendly neighbourhood uncle!
5) What is his outlook for Singapore’s economy in 2016?
It’s not going to be an easy year for the economy and with economic restructuring, companies and jobs could be impacted at short notice and retrenchment, unfortunately, is an unavoidable outcome for some.
There will be some who will lose their jobs when they are unable to adapt or acquire new skills when companies go through major shifts or when product lines get obsolete. As a society, we need to move away from the past notion of what defines a good job, and a stable income. As individuals, we need to refine old skills and acquire new ones to stay ahead.
(BONUS!) Bet you didn’t know this about him:
He sees himself as a late bloomer and believes in second chances. Due to his turbulent childhood, he had to re-sit his O-level examinations at Bartley Secondary School, but did well enough to go on to Jurong Junior College, and eventually the National University of Singapore where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours.
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