SINGAPORE — Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Friday issued a corrigendum to the Population White Paper in Parliament to delete a segment of a footnote that classified nursing as a low—skilled job.
Mr Teo said, in the Notice of Corrigendum, that he intends to delete the part of Footnote 12 on Page 40 of the White Paper, which said: "Certain low—skilled jobs like personal services, retail, and nursing are hard to offshore. They will still be needed even as the economy upgrades."
"This classification of low—skilled jobs is not correct. I would like to apologise to those whose professions have been unintentionally misrepresented," said Mr Teo.
He said he was alerted to the matter by "our friends in the nursing profession and unions".
Adding that he has the "greatest respect" for the nursing profession, the DPM said it is a "noble and caring profession, which all of us and our loved ones depend on and appreciate".
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