PM Lee: It is ‘crucial’ to have our population and integration policies ‘right’
Posted by temasektimes on June 17, 2012
In a note posted on his Facebook in response to two commentaries written by Prof David Chan of Singapore Management University (SMU) which was published in a government-controlled paper recently, PM Lee said it is important to encourage ‘discussion’ among Singaporeans on immigration issues:
“Getting our population and integration policies right is crucial to our social cohesion, economic wellbeing and sense of belonging. This is why we are encouraging discussion and dialogue on this difficult problem.”
PM Lee reiterated that Singapore must acknowledge the need for ‘foreign talents’ due to demographic ‘realities:
“We must also acknowledge our economic and demographic realities – our need for enough workers and more talent, as well as our shortage of babies and aging population. Only then can we anticipate the challenges, and address the problems comprehensively.”
Unfortunately, Singapore may have reached a point of no return with too many foreigners being accepted within too short a period of time, making integration an almost impossible task.
The relentless influx of foreigners in recent years has led to stagnant wages, rampant inflation, sky-rocketing property prices and an obvious decline in the quality of life.