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Why Singaporeans are the least xenophobic of all people

Posted by temasektimes on June 18, 2012

I think Singaporeans are the least xenophobic of all people. They fail to realise the REAL issue behind this angst against foreigners. IF the government provides jobs for Sporeans, IF the HDB flats are cheaper and easier to get, IF the public transportation is NOT overloaded and crapping all the time, IF the foreigners can speak integrate and not be so arrogant, IF they don’t try to bring their culture to Singapore, and instead adapt to Singapore way of living (we don’t dance at orchard road pavements in mini skirts okay?), there will not be this issue in the first place.

Now the governmentt is underperforming, overpaid, promises during GE are now mere promises for voting purposes, keep bringing in foreigners to staff supposedly jobs that Singaporeans shun even though these engineering and HR jobs can easily be filled by Singaporeans, and when HR is in the hands of a foreigner, dont u think he or she will bring in his own people?

All this while, Singaporeans are under pressure of increasing inflation, bad job market, having to compete with foreigners for salaries that are crazy low, having to compete for a home, having to compete for a space in the bloody MRT train. Do you think Singaporeans are being xenophonic or are they mere victims of a stupid govt policy?

HANA SAEMON

*The above was first posted as a comment on Facebook.

34 Responses to “Why Singaporeans are the least xenophobic of all people”

  1. Tony said

    Singaporean not xenophobic but “PAPphobic” (fear of PAP malfunctioning again). This phobia is not without basis considering the numerous PAP failures since LHL took over as PM (“Plenty Malfunctions” or “Prime Mediocrity”). These include:

    (1) low productivity of Singapore economy
    (2) low birth rate
    (3) depressed local wages
    (4) bringing in a large number of foreigners without properly planning for it
    (5) shortage, “shrinking” and high cost of public housing
    (6) shortage of public buses
    (7) shortage of MRT trains
    (8) shortage of hospitals
    (9) shortage of doctors
    (10) shortage of nursing homes
    (11) shortage of teachers
    (12) shortage of places in schools and universities for Singaporeans
    (13) shortage of jobs for Singaporeans
    (14) foreigners taking jobs away from Singaporeans
    (15) frequent breakdowns of MRT trains
    (16) overcrowded public transport (buses and MRT trains)
    (17) bailout of public transport (failed privatisation)
    (18) frequent 50-year “ponding” (or flooding)
    (19) high inflation (Singapore now more expensive than Hong Kong)
    (20) high cost of education
    (21) high cost of healthcare
    (22) high cost of electricity (another failed privatisation)
    (23) high cost of private transport and fuel
    (24) depleted CPF accounts after buying “affordable” HDB flats
    (25) many CPF accounts below CPF Minimum Sum
    (26) massive (billions) losses of taxpayers’ money by Temasek and GIC

  2. maahbok tan said

    Wat du u tink….?

    No need to tink la….!!!!

    The lee start of the PAP GOVT and The lee will end the PAP GOVT….!!!!

    Senior Lee build up the SGpore that we used to adore but the other Lee makes us hate SGpore to the core….is this karma…..for all the GREED that were in us as human being….wat du u tink?

  3. xiao fam said

    Not keep changing for solving temporary poblem

    When you enter a smelly place, you will feel smelly at first, but after a while, if you can tolerate it, the smell is not smelly anymore. Politician know this very well, they use media, they use policy, they use regulation to influence poeple on their feeling.
    That is why a bad policy will cause ultimately, (initially may be good), bad effect to the people.

    In Lao Zhi’s Dao De Jing, if rules are too strict and unreasonable, it will make people “cunning” at the end. So a government has to be very, very careful in implementing any new policy, and not just change for the sick of changing, and the worst, is keep changing for solving short term problem. That is the real problem.

  4. voice fron the origin singapore said

    Public transports have been destroy by Pinoy l
    Pinoy go home.

  5. Cute said

    Recently went for a job interview. When I told them my expected salary request, they told me they rather employ foreigners which much more cheaper. I felt so sad, depressed, angry and worried.

    • pinoy_rulez said

      That’s your typical hypocritical, exploitative Singaporean calling the shots. So uncivilised and crude that they don’t even know to “hide” their discrimination against people of different nationality.

      All these years of “first world” progress goes to waste.

  6. dogmeat said

    We are racists and xenophobes with a mission. Get used to it.

  7. itstoolate said

    the employment policies r flawed. many employment agencies are run by ft who in turn, hire their own ppl.

    please investigate and check these outsourcing agencies.

    • CKMPD said

      The pap turns two blind eyes to such discriminating policies against Singaporeans in SG. We must punish the pap for their irresponsibility and dereliction of duty at the next GE

  8. To me, every country or race are racist. The question is, how far you go with it.

    S’pore had foreigners for the longest of time. We never had a problem before. Why now?

    Back than, FTs were doing jobs that we can’t fill or do. Or!!! jobs that we don’t want to do.

    What’s happing now is that, they (FTs) are competing with locals for the same jobs.
    If we compete on equal terms, I believe it’s ok.
    BUT!!!!! It’s not equal and there is rampant exploitation by employers.

    IF!!!! it’s a big “IF,” the “Unions” did their job right, this wouldn’t happen.
    The labor chief is with the employers on this issue.
    Hence, we have a “First World Nation with Third world labour Laws.”

    A recipe for good “Investment and an employers paradise.”

    That is why we always do well economically.
    Something’s got to Give. Guess who is giving?
    Singaporean working class. Always.

  9. Sage said

    We are cowards. We did wrong. We allow all these to happen by voting in the pappies and we blame the pinoys, the ah tiongs etc but got no balls for anything else. So, are we xenophobic? No, we are just cowards.

  10. seah said

    this is not the pap party i love ten years ago.what happen?please do not bring in so much thrash to take over our jod.we low income have no place to go.Time is very hard on us.they can survive because their family not here n because of the exchange rate.why dont the govt.give taxi licence to foreigner.so that we dont have shortage of taxi on the road n surely the ft will drive longer hours inprove the taxi problem.this is the only work no ft step in

  11. Ron said

    When the stomach is hungry, the mind gets angry. So, there need to be an awareness that peaceful humans can turn into beasts when anger is out of control.

  12. Singaporean said

    Agree Ron. Angry people become irrational. pap need to revise their policies of importing too many foreigners at the expense of Singaporeans. No point saying sorry, and now trying to persuade Singaporeans that importing foreigners are important.

    • mahbok tan said

      You know arh the father last time arh scold scold scold….!!!!

      Now the son arh say sorry hoh , sorry hoh, sorry hoh….wad da fug….!!!

      are we going to see SGpore go down the drain by the famousLee….!!!

    • Julie Ong said

      Singaporean, you are right! To the PAP please do not think that people like Singaporean are radicals or anarchists. Have you not heard : ‘A hungry man is an angry man’? In this situation this man’s family may be hungry too.
      And many others’ as well!

      Please clean up this mess of your creation. Do not blame anyone else. To my fellow citizens agitate/complain. PAP made you suffer although you trusted and voted them in overwhelmingly again at GE2011.

      I hope that things will improve as time goes on. If not then the PAP must be toppled at GE2016.

  13. teddy said

    no. TR is still populated by xenophobic trash who direct their anger on faultless foreigners. just read your own fb page.

  14. kaypoh said

    Not xenophobic…. MIWphobic, looolz

  15. We do not want false talent, cheap talent, and selfish talent! said

    We do not want false talent, cheap talent, and selfish talent!

    Singaporeans are not xenophobic,
    Singaporeans are not fear of foreigne talent,
    we are not happy because
    most of the foreigners are false talent
    most of the foreigners are cheap talent
    most of the foreigners are selfish talent
    (most mean two third i.e. 2/3)

    I had met true talent foreigner,
    who teach music here in Singapore
    I learned from him
    and later he was back home to China
    He is not false talent
    He is not a cheap talent
    He is not a selfish talent

    How many of foreigners fall into this category?

  16. Gezza said

    I don’t necessarily think that is the case. This isn’t a zero-sum game where if it is the case that the government policies ARE what is the problem, then it follows that Singaporeans aren’t xenophobic. There is no real correlation between the two. Singaporeans ARE xenophobic if they just simply are–as long as they continue to hate on foreigners, blame foreigners for their problems and use the foreigners’ “foreign-ness” as an indicator of some sort of flaw, they ARE xenophobic, government be damned.

    I feel like what you’re trying to say is that the blame SHOULD be shifted to the government, which is a separate issue. Singaporeans should recognize that government policies have a lot to do with the current state affairs with mass immigration and a lowered standard of living for the locals, instead of blaming the foreigners themselves. Additionally, I find your remarks problematic in that they can easily be construed as xenophobic insofar as asking foreigners not to bring their culture with them. I mean it’s one thing if they are segregated (or they segregate themselves) to the point of being a separate elitist class – which seems to be the problem here – but hey, Singapore was built on immigration. If it wasn’t, most of us wouldn’t even be here, and our fantastic food wouldn’t exist, so I wouldn’t rule culture imports out as an altogether bad thing.

    My two cents is that Singaporeans should pay more attention to the fact that people are individuals, and should be treated as such. I don’t think being an asshole is a culture of any country – it’s more an individual trait. I’d sooner blame the person’s mother for birthing such an atrocity.

  17. Anthony Tang said

    Tony, you are so right that I cannot resist repeating your post again for the benefit of those who missed it.

    (1) low productivity of Singapore economy
    (2) low birth rate
    (3) depressed local wages
    (4) bringing in a large number of foreigners without properly planning for it
    (5) shortage, “shrinking” and high cost of public housing
    (6) shortage of public buses
    (7) shortage of MRT trains
    (8) shortage of hospitals
    (9) shortage of doctors
    (10) shortage of nursing homes
    (11) shortage of teachers
    (12) shortage of places in schools and universities for Singaporeans
    (13) shortage of jobs for Singaporeans
    (14) foreigners taking jobs away from Singaporeans
    (15) frequent breakdowns of MRT trains
    (16) overcrowded public transport (buses and MRT trains)
    (17) bailout of public transport (failed privatisation)
    (18) frequent 50-year “ponding” (or flooding)
    (19) high inflation (Singapore now more expensive than Hong Kong)
    (20) high cost of education
    (21) high cost of healthcare
    (22) high cost of electricity (another failed privatisation)
    (23) high cost of private transport and fuel
    (24) depleted CPF accounts after buying “affordable” HDB flats
    (25) many CPF accounts below CPF Minimum Sum
    (26) massive (billions) losses of taxpayers’ money by Temasek and GIC

  18. Noel said

    My parents sent me here to study at a public uni after high school and I really looked forward to starting a new chapter in my life and learning how to handle life on my own. I have met incredibly nice Singaporeans. Even if they are just nice for making a good image of themselves, I appreciate that they treated me with respect. Most of them actually happen to be Christian and they are very religious. Christianity is not my religion and I don’t hold strong belief even in the religion I’m born into, they left me a very deep impression how it could make someone a better person.
    I’m really thankful for the opportunities I have got here but I know this is not the place for me to stay long. Some people asked me “Do you want to stay here? Marry a Singaporean and stay here?” OMG that is like one of the most offensive things I have heard in my life, in the sense that they judge me on their impression of other foreigners and think I’m going to sell myself too.
    And I myself don’t want to be called a leech, and to receive hateful glances from old women when I speak my mother tongue on the MRT. It’s like it’s my sin that my parents are not Singaporean and then I came here, I DARED to come here and enjoy this public transportation system.
    Yep xenophobia is everywhere. I have learned about the concept of “modern racism” in a Sociology class. I’m sometimes xenophobic back in my home city as well. But I appreciate the adults with enough courtesy and ability to hide their disrepect on foreigners inside.

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