PM Lee: Singaporeans will always be our ‘priority’
Posted by temasektimes on May 2, 2012
Though the government will continue to bring in more immigrants to sustain the local population and economy, Singaporeans need not be too worried as they will always come first before the foreigners, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
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 each year.
Speaking during his annual May Day Rally, PM Lee noted that Singapore has slowed down the inflow of foreign workers as it cannot keep on bringing in 80,000 foreign workers yearly:
“While we must always be open to the world, let me be quite clear – Singaporeans will always be our priority. This is the purpose of all our policies, including on foreign workers and talent. We are trying to seek the maximum advantage for Singapore and Singaporeans.”
He also urged companies to make use of the opportunity to upgrade their productivity which has become the buzzword for government leaders in 2012:
“Companies are already feeling the squeeze. It gives them the incentive to upgrade their productivity and to develop a Singaporean core in their companies (and these are) people who will form the long-term skills, the long-term loyalty and long-term capability for the companies and Singapore.”