Angry Singaporeans complain on PM Lee’s Facebook: Stop telling us to reach out to immigrants!
Posted by temasektimes on July 8, 2012
In a sign that public disgruntlement and anger at the government’s immigration policies have reached a boiling point, angry Singaporeans flocked to post comments on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook after he called on Singaporeans to ‘reach out’ to the new citizens after presenting citizenship certificates to 200 foreigners during a ceremony yesterday!
PM Lee had posted a video clip of his speech as well as photos taken with smiling new citizens at the ceremony which raised the ire of native Singaporeans who felt short-changed by their elected government.
Sulaiman Samsudin wrote he doesn’t care much about integration:
“Singaporeans couldn’t care less about fuzzy notions of INTEGRATION than their own jobs. What each Singaporeans wants is the employment laws rewritten to favour locals………that would contradict the government’s commitment….and frankly…do not expect any DRASTIC POLICY changes.”
Li Yifeng was disappointed at the government’s ‘short-sighted’ immigration policy:
“Pm lee sir, instead of just quick fixes please also think of long term solutions. Depending solely on “ft” to maintain singapore’s competitive edge is a near sighted strategy. Why not loosen the purse strings significantly to encourage more babies by singaporeans . If the govt can afford to spend 5-8% of gdp on national defence, y not commit 1-3% of gdp to pro family policies?”
Below are some other frank feedback offered by Singaporeans:
[Source: PM Lee’s Facebook]
Despite an earlier promise to ‘slow down’ the inflow of foreigners last year, PM Lee appears to have changed his mind now and continues to ‘sell’ his immigration policies to Singaporeans who are fast becoming a minority in their country of birth.