Why Singaporeans are not xenophobic
Posted by temasektimes on September 7, 2012
We are not xenophobic. We do not hate ALL foreigners, but just those the government are letting in indiscreetly to unfairly compete for jobs Singaporeans want. One good example will be the IT sector where it’s flooded with people from India, China and Philippines. And by Singaporeans, I do NOT mean new citizens from these same countries. Who cares if they have taken up citizenship?
It remains a FACT that they are here to snatch up jobs, having a huge advantage over locally born and bred Singaporeans. They have a more than two-year head start as compared to Singaporean guys considering the fact that they do not need to enter national service, and also most having taken a shorter route to the same professional qualifications than the local education system. Not mentioning the artificially deflated salaries they request, since most of them have the mentality of saving up and returning to their place of birth where they do not require as much to survive.
That is the reason we do not harbor the same sentiments for foreigners from other developed countries. They need as much, if not more, to survive back home. That makes the competition somewhat fairer, if we are willing to even turn a blind eye to the national service issue.
Bottom line: WE ARE NOT XENOPHOBIC!!! We welcome foreign talents to come fill up the jobs locally born and bred Singaporeans do not want. In fact we NEED these people to help construct the flats we live in, to clean the streets we walk, and even to fill up positions we Singaporeans know we cannot fit into. That is reason why we gladly welcome the great pandas as we know we do not have the required talents locally.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.