PRC new citizen: I don’t feel like Singaporean and will return to China when I retire
Posted by temasektimes on July 29, 2012
Despite repeated calls by PAP leaders to Singaporeans to ‘open their hearts’ and ‘embrace’ the new citizens, few of them feel a sense of belonging to Singapore even after living here for several years.
In an interview with New York Times, Yang Mu, a Beijing-born economist who moved to Singapore in 1992 and became a citizen three years later admitted that he still feel out of place in Singapore, describing locals as somewhat aloof, more likely to work late and less likely to spend the night commiserating over stiff drinks.
Like many new citizens, Yang was full of high praises of the PAP government:
“I’ve voted in four elections now, and it is great to live in a country where you can trust people and trust the government,” he said.
Yang, who formed a local charity that teaches English to Chinese migrants said he still doesn’t feel like a Singaporean after so many years:
“I still don’t feel Singaporean. The truth is, when I retire, I’ll probably move back to China.”
It is not revealed if Yang lives in a HDB flat. If he does, he will probably make an obscene profit from its sale based on today’s prices while another poor native Singaporean family has to be burdened with debts for the rest of their lives.
*Pic: PRC ‘FT’ relieving himself outside Bedok MRT station in Singapore