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I kinda was expecting newly-elected Charles Santiago, DAP MP for Klang, to be rather entertaining since this. But this is just beyond:

PETALING JAYA: Instead of imposing a levy on employers of foreign workers, Selangor can introduce a minimum wage as a way to reduce the use of foreign workers and encourage employers to hire locals.

Employers could transfer the burden of the levy to their foreign workers by deducting their already meagre salaries, said Klang MP Charles Santiago, an economist.

Let’s just ignore economist Santiago’s economic fallacy (that workers would absorb all of the levy), and move on to the stupidity of trying to restrict foreign migration. What’s wrong with foreign migrants? They lower costs for companies, which in turn lowers costs for consumers, which buys more, which cause such companies to earn more, invest more, and create more jobs. Oh, and remittance from foreign workers are a heck-of-a-lot more useful than foreign direct aid.

So why do we want to dump all that? Because a bunch of pansies, who may not really want a job currently filled by foreigner what with their useless local uni, polytechnic or community college diplomas, can’t get a job. Oh, and eeek! Indonesians! RUN!

Oh, okay, fine, restrict migration. How? Minimum wage? Consider for a moment why minimum wage would reduce foreign migrant employment? Because it reduces employment in general. It is sort of a battering ram, a sledgehammer of sorts. Oddly enough, while Santiago supports minimum wage, his party’s manifesto calls for a more neo-liberal living allowance.

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  1. Sigh…this is what happens when you have a horrible government – it lowers the already-low bar for political discourse even more, fostering the “anybody but the government” syndrome. The only consolation is that Santiago is probably not as corrupt as his opponent for the Klang Parliamentary seat was.

    Of course, that’s a rather simplistic explanation, though I think it contributes significantly. Other factors might include the fact that the opposition has been historically socialist in nature, and that the terms of political debate in most anywhere are often framed in terms of the people versus big business, rather than the market versus central control (be it by a monopolist firm, oligopolist cronies, big government, or a combination of the three).


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