DPM Tharman: We must stay ‘open’ to expertise from around the world
Posted by temasektimes on April 27, 2012
Despite growing concerns among Singaporeans at being squeezed out by the relentless influx of foreigners, government leaders have been constantly exhorting them to accept more immigrants, the latest being Deputy Prime Minister and Manpower Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
In his May Day message yesterday, Mr Tharman said that Singapore must stay open to expertise from around the world and enable companies to have the diverse teams that allow them to remain competitive.
He said Singapore’s main focus is on the longer-term challenge of building a better future for its people, and everything the government does is aimed at achieving “inclusive growth” which benefits all Singaporean workers.
Singapore has the highest income gap between the rich and poor among the thirty most developed economies in the world after Hong Kong. A recent proposal by economist professor Lim Chong Yah to raise the wages of lower-income workers was rejected outright by the government which claimed that it will have ‘dire’ consequences for the economy.