Singaporean student in UK and PAP supporter urges PM Lee to tackle ‘FT’ problem seriously
Posted by temasektimes on May 1, 2012
The relentless influx of foreigners over the last few years has not only cause great unhappiness and dissatisfaction among Singaporeans living in Singapore, but even real Singaporean talents based overseas are having second thoughts returning to work in Singapore.
One Singaporean student Tan Yiwen posted a comment on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page expressing her concerns about the future after seeing her friends struggling to compete with the foreigners. .
Admitting that she is a PAP supporter, she wrote frankly that she is very disheartened to see what Singapore has become.
“I have friends who graduated from university, struggling to get a decent job that pay them $2,000 and above, but many companies tell them that they do not have the relevant experience, in which I believe is just an excuse to not hire them or to press for lower wage.”
[Source: PM Lee’s Facebook]
She added that their salaries have been depressed by the cheaper ‘foreign talents':
“We were being brought up, telling us to work hard, to make it to university in order to have a better life, but in the end we get replaced by these so called “foreign talents”. Many of my friends took up jobs between $1800-$2500, a lucky bunch managed around $3,000, but they all highlighted the same problem, there are more FTs in their company than Singaporeans.”
Like many young Singaporeans of her age, Yiwen was also unhappy with some foreigners using Singapore as a stepping stone to greener pastures elsewhere:
“I value our citizenship and it is sad to see people from other countries coming to our tiny island for less than 2 years and be able to get PR or citizenship, Many say that they are using Singapore a transit and their destination is United States. I feel even more enrage when FT comes to our country, not only do they not integrate with us, some of them even mock us.
She ended her post by expressing doubts about her future in Singapore:
“Mr Lee, two years ago I was so sure I want to go home to contribute to society and help make it a better place for our own citizens, but now, I don’t know.”
There is no response from PM Lee or his co-administrators. It is not known if he has read her comment which has not been deleted so far like many others before hers.
Despite her well intentions, it is highly unlikely that PM Lee will accept her suggestion. A recent White Paper released by the National Population and Talent Division under the Prime Minister’s Office recommends Singapore takes in 20,000 to 25,000 new citizens yearly to maintain the population and economy.
As immigrants usually vote for the ruling party which gives them a new start in life, the continued inflow of foreigners may serve the political purpose of maintaining the PAP’s hegemony in Singapore forever.