Heng Swee Keat: Singapore’s future matters to ‘everyone’
Posted by temasektimes on August 18, 2012
Speaking at the 100th anniversary dinner of Ai Tong School on Friday, Mr Heng said:
“Some have asked me why are we talking about the future when there are present problems such as rising cost of living and influx of foreigners. Should we not be devoting our time to address these?”
The relentless influx of foreigners in recent years has altered Singapore’s demographics to beyond recognition and dilute the sense of national identity among Singaporeans.
However, Mr Heng felt it is more important for Singaporeans to think about the future instead of resolving the immediate problems:
“These concerns are very real, and my colleagues across the government are looking into them. But it’s important to think about the future – what kind of Singapore do we want in 20 years time…How can we prepare our children for the future and ensure that our homeland provides many opportunities for our young people to fulfil their aspirations?”
With property prices spiraling out of control, job security being compromised by the easy availability of cheap foreigners and wages not keeping in pace with inflation, do young Singaporeans still have a future in their homeland?