Khaw Boon Wan defends government’s liberal immigration and pro-foreigner policies
Posted by temasektimes on June 4, 2012
In a surprise twist, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan was tasked with defending the government’s unpopular liberal immigration and pro-foreigner policies implemented in 2005 which led to disastrous results for Singaporeans now.
In an extensive interview with a propaganda government mouthpiece, Khaw said it was necessary for Singapore to attract investments in the aftermath of the SARS crisis in 2003 when the economy was still mired in recession.
“People forgot those were trying times for Singapore….when the future was uncertain and the country struggling to attract investments, then suddenly they came in a bunch. Do we take them or miss them?” he asked.
Khaw used the same old PAP argument that had it decided to be ‘populist’ and limited the inflow of foreigners, the country may still be in a state of recession now.
Though Singapore’s economy may have grown by leaps and bounds during the last few years, the cost of living has escalated while the median wages of the average Singapore worker has remained stagnant.
The widespread public unhappiness at the relentless influx of foreigners contributed to the ruling party’s worst electoral result last year where it lost a GRC for the first time in history.