DPM Teo Chee Hean: We will continue to ‘calibrate’ immigration framework
Posted by temasektimes on September 11, 2012
After opening the floodgates to immigrants indiscriminately from 2004 to 2008, the government has now backtracked and is now ‘calibrating’ the immigration ‘framework’ if there is any in the first place.
Responding to a question by Nominated MP Tan Su Shan in parliament, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said that the number of new PRs has decreased from an average of 58,000 per year from 2004 to 2008, to 28,500 per year from 2010 onward.
“The number of PRs and citizenships granted in any given year depends on a combination of factors, including the number of applications received as well as the calibre and profile of applicants, such as their economic contributions, age, family profile and length of stay in Singapore,” said DPM Teo.
The criteria for Singapore PR and citizenship is not known as there are reports in the media of construction workers, hawkers, beauticians, bus drivers and even prostitutes being given Singapore PR and citizenship.
One PRC nursery teacher Zhang Yuanyuan, who sparked a public outcry in 2010 for saying on China’s CCTV that her heart remains with China was given Singapore PR in TWO MONTHS only.
However, DPM Teo reassured Singaporeans that the number of new Singapore ‘citizens’ has remained ‘stable’, at an average of 18,500 per year in the last five years.
Asked by NMP Tan again about whether the same levels of decline can be expected going forward, DPM Teo said the Government was in the process of ‘reviewing’ its immigration policies.
“We will continue to calibrate the immigration framework to address our population challenges and constraints. As part of the ongoing review and public engagement on population issues, we are reviewing the number of immigrants Singapore takes in.”
If not for NMP Tan, Singaporeans will still be kept in the dark about the government’s immigration framework as the Workers Party has remained absolutely SILENT on the sensitive issue so far out of fear of offending the ruling party.