Rising anti-foreigner sentiments in Singapore is an issue of culture, not race
Posted by temasektimes on June 17, 2012
What other country in the world has foreigners making up approx 48% of the actual number of people within the country at any one time? I believe this figure might not even include transient passengers on planes or ships.
Singaporeans are one of the most open and accepting people in the world. They have been, for the most part since the founding of the country, made up of Indians, Malays, Chinese, Eurasians and a smattering of others. Social cohesiveness did not however, miraculously occur without early birthing pains and sacrifice on the part of all. Singaporeans are also used to visiting expatriates flying in and out of their lives and accept this without any fuss.
Recently however, foreign nationals, whom many Singaporeans have not had much to do with socially or at work in the past, have been foisted onto them by the powers that be in large numbers. They have unfairly (no minimum wage/fake or easily achievable qualifications/ no NS obligations etc), competed for the bread and butter of ordinary Singaporeans. This has caused social unrest and desperation amongst native Singaporeans.
This is not a race issue but one of culture. After all PRCs and Singaporeans Chinese, for example, share the same ancestry. However, Singaporeans, after generations of living side by side with their Indian, Malay, Chinese and Eurasian brothers and sisters have succeeded in forging a new culture, sharing much of the old from their ancestral homelands but forging a new and unique distinctive Singaporean culture in so many more ways from shared experiences. Newer arrivals will have to bide their time, contribute in full to Singapore and adapt to the rich tapestry which is our Singapore.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times