Australian shocked at comments made by Minister Grace Fu
Posted by temasektimes on September 8, 2012
My stomach took a twist when I saw the news on Channel NewsAsia last night after stepping out of my shower.
One of the few only female ministers Grace Fu who holds the one of the key roles in the Prime Minister’s Office was giving her thoughts on the influx of foreigners into the tiny island of Singapore.
“More information can be given on where Permanent Residents come from, or what kind of employment or income status they have.”
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She is walking on thin line on this sensitive issue. How would you feel when you walk into a supermarket and the store owner sticks a bar-code/RFID tag on you for the reason of tracking what you have touch or see within the supermarket.
Singapore cannot be anti foreigners; in fact, no countries should walk down that path. The rise of globalisation has play a part in bringing Singapore to a new height and foreigners/successful companies will not want to invest in Singapore if Grace Fu implements her RFID tag.
I am actually surprised of her recommendation, considering that the Singapore’s Prime Minister Rally speech touch on this subject matter and ask/remind Singaporeans not to have a negative anti-sentiment feelings towards foreigners. I cannot think of a more critical time for this speech by the Prime Minister and I have good faith that his ministry will carry out his vision.
However, Grace Fu’s comment flown in a totally opposite direction and shows a liking to stamp-brand every foreigners. I am a businessman and our business takes us throughout the whole world; including Singapore, where I have two start-up companies in it.
I am in no doubt that investment would not be pouring into Singapore if she really got her way of prison branding every foreigner. Global companies would not allow such reckless behaviour to be implemented for their top guns and would rather race towards the upcoming of Malaysia or Hong Kong in order to expand into Asia.
As an Australian, I am speaking from a business point of view. I do not live in Singapore long term but I do know of the certain detestation towards the foreigners.
It would be better if she express her points further and make sure that she does not repeat such behaviour for the simple reason of respect towards all global citizens.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.