Time to stop depending on foreigners and put the trust back into Singaporeans
Posted by temasektimes on September 9, 2012
The tightening of immigration policies have come too late. Statistics have shown a remarkable and shocking demographic of the population. Do you know just how little pure local born Singaporeans make up the total percentage? Barring PRs who still laud their motherland, we are indeed a declining minority.
I don’t see how they are going to appease the locals’ call against the massive influx of immigration. Singapore has always appealed to the supply side of global economy, which worked well to propel our developing nation back then; we supplied top quality workers, to attract MNCs to invest in us. Singapore has and will always be that, even as a fishing village it served as a port of call for trade to take place. It is a doomed and inevitable destiny.
Just that, in today’s context, we are rapidly turning into the ‘Chinese sweat factories’ in order to boost our attractiveness globally. Take the depressed wages of the majority; high income earners are not the norm for locals. If you think you are high earning, there are multitudes of ‘talented PRs’ earning more than you.
Look at the Casinos. The focus on amicability towards foreigners. The big picture should dawn upon all of us on what is happening. We are and have always been built up to be this supply-side global factory. Losing out to others in terms of resources and flexibility of options, we turn to whatever makes them stay. ANYthing.
What the drivers fail to realize that Singapore should define itself as its own identity. Not simply as a ready supplier for the global scene. We have quality local workers brought up and raised in the false premise of meritocracy, used to the concept of excellence, and that is enough, to establish our own brand. We are expected to lead ASEAN, so we should act the part, instead of remaining in our supply mentality. Therein lies all of our policy problems.
We Singaporeans are capable enough on our own. As a beacon in the SEA region, we should not offer too much hard selling. It makes us look desperate, look cheap, look weak. Let the MNCs hightail out of here, citing Capitalism, if they do not enrich us, meaninf our local population anymore. Just as how it is within the employment sectors, the draw of experience will be enough to keep us moving forward.
Besides, i believe Singaporeans themselves will work hard for their own prosperity. Won’t we? That is evident from our supposed ‘xenophobic’ rants, is it not? The strong drive. Whose to say that if left to our own devices, we will sit back and let everyone else overtake us? No. The years and years from before, when everything was good, have prepared us for that and more.
Trust us. Trust the LOCALS. Stop grovelling at the feet of others. We have learnt that hard lesson from the colonial masters.