Or is it Complacence or Short-Sightedness or Fear of Whatever?
Foreigners take over their university places, particularly in key disciplines that are in demand.
“No problem! We still have fun. What if we cannot go to universities, we have Gardens by the Bay, cinemas, malls, Sentosa and pubs. No one can take such fun away from us.”
Foreign mediocrity leaves them behind on the employment landscape.
“Oh, stop blowing up the situation, we love to see them kick us out! And don’t we have the Jobs Bank where employers will need to post an opening and just wait for two weeks before they can shortchange us and hire foreigners?”
What $200,000 on Degrees Cannot Achieve, a $500 SkillsFuture Credit Will!
What about the Manpower Minister saying unemployment could rise in the country as quoted in the media today?
“That’s a load of rubbish. It is just around 3% – or so say the reports! We don’t know if he is downplaying or overplaying, it may be much more! Also, isn’t the government giving us a hefty $500 as Skills Future credit when spending a paltry $200,000 or more in gaining degrees is not enough to get jobs?”
Dipping Quality of Life
Overpopulation because of the imports has destroyed the high quality of life so much so that Singapore is now just like any congested Third-World country.
“Ha, come on, doesn’t more people in the country make the Government rich? And isn’t that a sign of the new world economy where governments and businesses thrive and people — mere dispensable commodities? The more-the-merrier philosophy is fun.”
Country First for U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand
From the U.S. and the U.K. to Australia and New Zealand, globalisation has taken a deep hit, leaving foreigners there and aspirants hoping to strike gold there in disenchantment.
A liberal culture in those countries, thanks to their clamour for diversity, prevalent there for ages has seen local interests erode rapidly, making their Governments launch a “Country First” policy, rightly so.
But Singapore does not appear to be perturbed. Even diploma holders from overseas are easily finding jobs here when local degree holders struggle to land one. Moreover, they are from countries where their own reports have pointed to the unemployability of the bulk of even their degree-qualified engineers. A recent report even said that 95% of their engineers are unfit to be software developers.
Interestingly, today’s media reports suggest that the Smart Nation initiatives in Singapore are on track.
“To hell with robots, drones, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things all of which will make jobs for humans even more difficult. Isn’t the “Foreigner First” policy designed to address that? Designing robots, that is! But the Government knows best”
No STEM education and no jobs, so perhaps social security/unemployment doles and free healthcare are in place to take care of citizen needs.
“That is the biggest joke of the day. Don’t you know such measures will impoverish the Government and drain it of its cash reserves?”
40% of Singapore Residents Foreigners, it is only 20% in U.S.
Importantly, the U.S. and other countries that are looking inward are very large in size with plenty of room to take on foreigners. But population density in Singapore is among the highest in the world.
Moreover, in the U.S., for instance, only around 20% of the population comprises foreigners. In Singapore, it is 40% (or more) and still growing.
“We don’t care even if it becomes 100%, with the overly foreigner-friendly climate driving all Singaporeans to other countries. Don’t disturb the life of harmony and affluence in the tiny red dot. The Government is on the dot every time and with everything, so it can go wrong!”
As can be seen from this imaginary conversation with Singaporeans, faith in the establishment is good for the Government. For its constituents?
G Joslin Vethakumar