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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.


17 Responses to “DPM Teo Chee Hean: We will continue to ‘calibrate’ immigration framework”

  1. Goh Tong Seng said

    What is with the animated GIF?

  2. fpc said

    Low TK mentioned this in rallies and parliament. selection reporting TTR

  3. Ah Gong said

    Teo Chee Hean has conveniently omitted to mention how many from PRC were granted PR status. A racist Immigration policy – speaking of racial harmony – what a puerile statement

  4. Converse said

    This article is incorrect. The Government has not backtracked in practice.

  5. CB said

    Gay !

  6. JG said

    Actually, TCH didn’t give any meaningful answer. This is the equivalent of “what do you think?” answer. Lets look at his answer closely – OF COURSE, Singapore will ALWAYS consider educational level lah, the country needs lah, the qualifications lah, the ability to integrate lah etc etc. These are motherhood statements.

    The real question is : What is the policy moving forward, in terms of hard numbers. X% instead of Y%, mix by country of origin, why that kind of mix etc.

    This, he didn’t answer. In fact, the answer he gave is so “motherhood statement” that ask or don’t ask, it makes no difference. The problem is that PAP is arrogant and doesn’t think the people need not know. Just like they like to mix “Singaporeans and PR” together when it is convenient to do so. No clarity, just brief generalities.

    Especially when it comes to TCH.

  7. spotlessleopard said

    “So what do you think”? Minister?

  8. “out of fear of offending the ruling party.”


  9. nabey said

    Well done TT ! Our ex chief of navy is so sexy !

  10. Babuseng said

    Better ‘backtrack’ the immigration policy, instead of ‘calibrate’.

  11. Singkaypoh said

    “CELEBRATE” immigration framework u mean?
    It’s ok…. Minister Teo has sexy legs 🙂

  12. Naivety said

    I am in IT sector. Singapore productivity is dropping due to huge influx of foreign professionals especially in IT sector which suffers the worst productivity (this data was released by Singapore government).

    By now we should know most of these foreign professionals come due to the FTA/ CECA. In fact, someone exposed on the Internet that CECA was signed between Singapore and India in 2005 and our PM just visited India few weeks ago to renew it. In the CECA, there is a clause which states that both countries are to allow free movement of professionals in IT, Healthcare, accountants, engineers, etc.

    According to an Indian website, India government pressurized Singapore to open more job sectors for the CECA renewal in 2010. The Singapore IT sector employs huge number from India, followed by Filipino professionals and I am not surprised that the IT sector has the worst productivity drop based on the work ethics I have observed. Sadly, some of these professionals get PRs and bring their family and parents over to Singapore.

    As DBS expands its business in India, Singapore will have to take in more Indian professionals.

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