PM Lee: We must continue to attract ‘foreign talents’ to come to Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on July 11, 2012
Despite promising Singaporeans last year that the government will ‘slow down’ the inflow of immigrants, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong continues to remind them that Singapore needs to remain ‘open’ to foreigners to attract ‘talents’ to ‘contribute’ to the nation.
Speaking at a forum on China yesterday, PM Lee said:
“We must expect that people will go and, at the same time, we must attract people who can make a contribution to Singapore to come to Singapore.”
PM Lee added that Singapore is an ‘attractive’ choice to foreigners because there are opportunities here and it is an exciting and good place to live:
“We try to make it such that if you come (to Singapore) and make a contribution, you can do well and fulfil your potential. I think we have to be like that if Singapore is to prosper.”
The recent wave of immigration has changed Singapore’s demographics to beyond recognition which shocked even the earlier immigrants.
According to a blog post by a PRC teacher who has been teaching in a secondary school in Singapore for the last five years, she was astounded at the increase in PRC Chinese population in recent years:
“At first I thought there is something wrong with my memory, but after asking around, everybody agrees there are more PRC Chinese in Singapore in recent years.”
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