DPM Tharman on selection criteria for PRs: We ‘can’ get more ‘transparent’
Posted by temasektimes on September 6, 2012
While some seemingly qualified white-collared professionals had their PR application turned down several times, others such as bus captains, hawkers, nursery teachers were granted Singapore PR within a short period of time.
The question popped up again during a forum held at the Nanyang Technological University attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam during which a student asked if the government can be more transparent on policies such as the selection criteria of Permanent Residents.
As usual, the minister did not answer the question directly, but threw a smoke-screen to confuse the audience:
“We can get more transparent, but most important I think is not the criteria but the broader debate that we have to settle, which is how much an inflow of foreigners that we have. In other words, what levels and how fast we bring them in. And that’s a question that requires continuous review and frank and open debate.”
There was never any proper review or debate on Singapore’s immigration policies as the floodgates were swung open without proper planning to foreigners from all over the world from aroudn 2004 onward which led to sky-rocketing property prices, stagnant wages, rampant inflation and an obvious decline in the quality of life among native Singaporeans.
Fortunately, DPM Tharman did not ask the student ‘What do you think?’ and continued his double-speak:
“So I would say focus on the fundamentals, not so much the precision and the details, but focus on the fundamental principles, on who are the type of people whom we should let into our workforce to do different types of jobs, first. Secondly, the type of people who we want in our society, who stay here for longer period.”