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New citizen affected by rising tide of ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiments in Singapore

Posted by temasektimes on September 15, 2012

My parents sent me here to study at a public uni after high school and I really looked forward to starting a new chapter in my life and learning how to handle life on my own. I have met incredibly nice Singaporeans. Even if they are just nice for making a good image of themselves, I appreciate that they treated me with respect. Most of them actually happen to be Christian and they are very religious. Christianity is not my religion and I don’t hold strong belief even in the religion I’m born into, they left me a very deep impression how it could make someone a better person.

I’m really thankful for the opportunities I have got here but I know this is not the place for me to stay long. Some people asked me “Do you want to stay here? Marry a Singaporean and stay here?” OMG that is like one of the most offensive things I have heard in my life, in the sense that they judge me on their impression of other foreigners and think I’m going to sell myself too.

And I myself don’t want to be called a leech, and to receive hateful glances from old women when I speak my mother tongue on the MRT. It’s like it’s my sin that my parents are not Singaporean and then I came here, I DARED to come here and enjoy this public transportation system.

Yep xenophobia is everywhere. I have learned about the concept of “modern racism” in a Sociology class. I’m sometimes xenophobic back in my home city as well. But I appreciate the adults with enough courtesy and ability to hide their disrepect on foreigners inside.

NOEL

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

50 Responses to “New citizen affected by rising tide of ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiments in Singapore”

  1. spotlessleopard said

    “Shit happen” quote and quote Forest Gump…..Xenophobia…Racism Nationalism etc. happens…if you cannot take it then no matter wher you go you will just want to go “home”

    • welovesingapore said

      He has only visited friendly SG. Aunty glance at him, he say it is hateful glance. Ask whether he would marry local and turn citizen, he got so offended as if he is a gay. It’s time that he visit some other country to see how they treat foreigner before he pass all this provocative insults. SG also do not need this type of FT in the first place. Respect is mutual. He talk like he is full of himself already. Self centered and insulting.

      • Youtube User/Jemdude22 A MALE Singaporean Who, Like Fellow MALE Compatriot Larry Medina Will Be As Subjected To As Much Conscription And Lifelong Reservist Liability As MALE Compatriot Robert Viswanathan Chandran said

        @Welovesingapore:

        There is a FACTUAL point vis-à-vis your comment which warrants extremely important consideration – the writer “noel” did NOT state his/her gender. Considering Singapore’s National Service (NS) laws solely applicable for MALE CITIZENS, I need NOT elucidate further.

        That mentioned, do NOT start me going what happens if a Singaporean family has a DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH number of MALE children ALL born with SOLELY Singaporean nationality amid the (OVERALL) PLUMMETING birth rates.

      • Youtube User/Jemdude22 A MALE Singaporean Who, Like Fellow MALE Compatriot Larry Medina Will Be As Subjected To As Much Conscription And Lifelong Reservist Liability As MALE Compatriot Robert Viswanathan Chandran said

        To “Welovesingapore”:

        There is no indication about the writer’s (“noel’s”) gender.

        That FACT mentioned, do not start me going about what happens if a Singaporean family has a DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH number of MALE children all with SOLELY Singaporean nationality amid the epoch of (OVERALL) plummeting birth rates vis-à-vis the conscription and lifelong reservist laws.

  2. Dr.Arsch said

    “I’m really thankful for the opportunities I have got here but I know this is not the place for me to stay long.” – Why don’t you get the fuck out and go back home you dumb, ungrateful b@stard?

    The real Sinkies are the ones who stick through the good and the bad, like most of us over here on this page. We don’t need new citizens who come in to enjoy the benefits and scoot at the first sign of trouble,

  3. Singapore Cock said

    Dun waste time posting la. just fuck off k!

  4. SD said

    “I’m really thankful for the opportunities I have got here but I know this is not the place for me to stay long.”

    That’s why you are not welcome here. Taking places in our university. Selling our homes for a profit. Very hard to understand?

  5. spssforyou said

    They are nice to you but you feel xenophobic is everywhere? isnt that a contradiction?

  6. chua said

    Wherever you go, there will always be some degree of xenophobic feeling amongst native residents. Its only natural. We want to protect our own turf. SG is a tiny red dot with 5 million plus inhabitants, we’re squeezed everywhere. Neol is very lucky to get into our public funded university. You should be thankful to SG taxpayers whether you stay or leave.

  7. RL said

    Go home ….don’t come….

  8. Lim said

    I quote Leong Sze Hian :- “Letting in more foreigners whilst granting less PRs and new citizens does not escape the fact that we are still letting in much more foreigners than before!” I think we are being conned.

  9. NaBey said

    U probably end up in geylang being hooker or gigolo. Otherwise in bedok reservior!

  10. Mark said

    Come on cheer up !!
    “Do you want to stay here? Marry a Singaporean and stay here?” mean “get some baby’s here”.. we got a baby crisis.. over here.. NOEL .. Cheer up !!

  11. Stan said

    Deadbeat, free-loading foreigners brought in by PAP should all go back to where they came from. They can take the PAP with them.

    Singapore is for Singaporeans. Period.

  12. BK said

    I think foreigners would appreciate that in their own country, the priorities rest with their own citizens. I dont think people would call that xenophobic. The problem is not with foreigners but with the policies of the PAP government.

    As you may have read, the policies for more FTs is a way to boost GDP, and that is obviously erroneous on many fronts. It has lowered productivity, leading to depress wages, open further the income gap, and the share of profits between business and labor widen further. No democracy can accept these social damaging effects for long.

    In a way, it is also about our sovereign rights, our rights as Singaporeans. You would not have given your sovereign rights to other countries would you? Philippines is in a tussle with China over the South China Sea, Indians had fought 2 wars with China over their borders. Even Hong Kongers are asking for restraint from the influx of immigrants coming from Mainland China. But in Singapore’s context, it is about wrestling these sovereign rights back from the PAP government.

    A majority of us travel abroad frequently. Unlike the more homogenous Thais, Filipinos, Vietnamese, we are a real mix of Indians, Malays and other races, being a small country this has a greater bearing on our tolerance and empathy. And in most parts we are congenial.

    So within the context as painted, Singaporeans are not xenophobic, never was, never will. But Singaporeans are more politically aware, and this may come across as aggressive relative to our more sedated and naive stage of citizenry. Our demands are far ranging, and not just about FTs.

    It is not that we are unsympathetic toward a better future for everyone. But if we dont fight for our own rights who will? If your country is not giving you the same opportunities as Singapore why not fight for that right in your country?

    Empires had given way to Nation States, now perhaps we may move toward a more free-flow Asean, but as European Union has shown, the paths for greater integrated union for a better and larger community is pebbled with many dangers. For Asean to succeed, it needs a framework that retain the identity of individual Nation State while unleashing the economic energy of a bigger community. Until then, within our small country, we must make Singaporeans sovereign rights as citizens paramount, and this is not about just FTs, but about the dictation of Singapore’s future.

  13. Genghis khan said

    Hey u just fuck off from Ourland or dig a hole and hide your fucking head!if u r a indian from India , worst!ur stinks smelly pig doesn’t belong here!

    • heart landers said

      Wtong to insult…. be polite pl.

      • seah said

        i lost my jod to them,how?when they came not to pass knowledge but to take over your jod,because they with less responsibiltes willing to work long hours {12 hrs] with lower pay,you will understand why sporean dont like them here,they came as tourist we will give them full respect and ankap them,you benefit them here you talk different tone like, Durian some love it some said like shit

  14. hotelguest said

    end of the day, people wil come and go, both PRs, new citizens and old ex-citizens like us….bottom line is Sillypore is only good for making money and not good for having a life or raising children….be sure to do what you must here and then leave for another place for retirement. Sillypore is and will never be good for having a life due to constraints she can never change….its just a little piece of rock by the straits of malacca that people come to trade and buy….remember to always make your home elsewhere….Welcome to Hotel Sillypore

  15. One-eyed Dragon said

    You shouldn’t be here in the first place. You should go back to where you came from.

    And your piece of writing is really confusing. What exactly are you really saying? Are you grateful or ungrateful?

  16. Ren said

    Joyeux Noel…Go back before Xmas…Dun forget

  17. Duncan said

    Seems like the writer dare not declare where is the actual place of her origin. Is it so shameful to tell ?

    • eugene nirvan anthony ("nirvan44" on "The Economist") of Applecross WA 6153 and is NOT a Singaporean is however a munafik/munafiq/منافق said

      @Duncan: You may like to do a search for these terms:
      ” hongkies three passports Australia British Canadian United States BN(O) “.

  18. Nice Person said

    BYE BYE. Go back bah.

  19. Mark said

    I wonder after PM Lee rally speech most foreigners are laughing at us and say: “see, your LHL is on our side, you little one-eyed dragon”.

  20. Ah Loot said

    These comments from these low scums Singaporeans shame this wonderful country. They are the losers (kiasu) Thank God Singapore have good leadership and these losers are the minorities. These low scums parents originally came from CHINA too.

    • Singapore Cock said

      Written by a chee bye FT

      • Youtube User/Jemdude22 is A MALE Singaporean Who, Like Fellow MALE Compatriot Larry Medina, Will Be As Subjected To As Much Conscription And Lifelong Reservist Liability As MALE Compatriot Robert Viswanathan Chandran said

        @singapore cock: You may like to perform a search on these terms:

        ” радојко аврамовић cat job 500 dollars per month MALE Singaporean beetle mirko grabovac “.

    • Youtube User/Jemdude22 is A MALE Singaporean Who, Like Fellow MALE Compatriot Larry Medina Will Be As Subjected To As Much Conscription And Lifelong Reservist Liability As MALE Compatriot Robert Viswanathan Chandran said

      @ah loot:

      If so inclined, you may like to perform a query on these terms:

      ” ma chi 馬馳 马驰 charlatan commie luxury LCP Lance “.

      One last query:
      Which country/countries/territory/territories do YOU CLAIM to be from and which country/countries/territory/territories are YOU a CITIZEN or are CITIZENS of? From personal (discerning) experience, I know they may NOT be the same.

  21. Confessor said

    “receive hateful glances from old women when I speak my mother tongue on the MRT.”
    -these old women probably heard or read many horror stories of your countrymen.
    “Yep xenophobia is everywhere”
    -quite understandable given we are a small country with limited space.
    -if the same open door policy were to be implemented HK govt,you can be sure Hongkies will be out in force protesting like crazy !

  22. Ren said

    Why do you feel offensive when you were posed the question to marry a Singaporean???
    Which country you from? You from a supreme race?

    • MALE Singaporean ஜனில் புதுச்சேரி, professionalism does NOT equate with patriotism said

      To Ren:

      That is an interesting query on noel’s country of origin.

      By the way, I thought I had better inform you that the country/countries/territory/territories one CLAIMS to be from may NOT be the country/countries/territory/territories one is a CITIZEN or are CITIZENS of.

      For example, a hongkie/hongkey could possess up to THREE (3) passports.

  23. Wicked Brain said

    Wicked… Marrying a Singapore is offensive?
    This line is really offensive.

  24. Goh Tong Seng said

    Lay off him. Hes not even a citizen or a talent. His parents sent him here to study. So its not even his decision.

  25. Tan Yan Ren said

    we ARE NOT zenophobic!get it right first and last time..i will defend Singaporeans till the collapse of those who dare call us zenophobic…remember i put my name down and i will bring down any Minister at thew next elections IF things dont change …take note PAP

  26. Kim said

    Please looking forward to the day you leave here. There are just too many PRC in Singapore and even PRC hate it too.

  27. Bye Bye Noel said

    I hope you mean what you say and don’t come back. Obviously you hold yourself in high regard so marry someone or something in your own country. Bye Bye.

  28. heart landers said

    Everything is about balance. The govt needs to gind thst balance.

  29. Singaporean said

    Please go back to your own country as we really sicked of your taking our jobs!!!

  30. Old Singaporean said

    GO back!!

    We hated you!!

    We hated your!!

    We used to be loyal to PAP and voted them in past decades until many of us being replaced by foreigners!!!

    World highest pay cabinet do not know how to help their own citizens but just “killed” and “shot” all them down by getting in all foreigners to replace us……forcing many of jobless………….the simple and easy way to get rid of us!!!

    No more PAP!!

    Never ever!! Unless they totally remove all the s-pass/EP holders out of this country and close the MOM s-pass/EP department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. happy said

    actually we sometimes need to look ourselves in the mirror

    i am a singaporean and many a times I am dismay at the behaviour of singaporeans whether in singapore or abroad

    but it could be that the circumstances we are in

    there are few traits of a typical singaporean that i can be proud of

    but alot of times i ended up in dismay

    Just like the story of honkies, I had a colleague from Ireland, he met some honkies

    and the first thing they ask him is how many properties he has

    and this honkies will boast of several properties in London, , NY, Singapore

    this is typical , i too had a honkie colleague, he will boast of how many degrees he holds, from Imperial to

    timbuktu, how many passports he has , from Britain, ireland, to american and of course singapore

    i too believe singaporean are following the hongkie culture too, judging a person by his wealth and car

    he drives

    can we start a list of traits of a typical singaporeans , the good one and the bad ones

    and see whether there are more bad one than good one

    i believe there are more bad ones than good, honestly

  32. Bam said

    I thought this statement she made is terribly wrong.
    Why would settling here or marrying a Singaporean is seen as selling herself?
    Can our govt wake up and stop using our taxpayer money to bring them into our school?
    They totally do not have long term commitment w us

    A Quote from her:

    “Do you want to stay here? Marry a Singaporean and stay here?” OMG that is like one of the most offensive things I have heard in my life, in the sense that they judge me on their impression of other foreigners and think I’m going to sell myself too

  33. sad state said

    If these comments are indicative, you are fucked.. go to USA, UK or other first world country.

  34. Ed said

    Well Bam, maybe it was the tone that people asked the writer that was insulting.
    Anyway, while I feel the influx of immigrants should be controlled, I would not tell them to go back to their homeland just because of bad policies.
    How would you feel if you migrated to Australia or Britain or any other country and you get treated like you’re a leech or have locals constantly saying get out?

    I am not saying to allow any Tom, Dick or Harry in but those who are already here are here. Nothing more to do. Work towards change but no need to be so resentful of them being here.
    Anyway, I want to know TR, how is the writer a new citizen when there’s no mention of the writer being granted citizenship?

  35. Jack Sparrow said

    looking at this guy’s face is offensive too.

  36. IronMan said

    Another FT talking thru his/her ass, as usual. Not surprised. Becoming a norm.

  37. wyn said

    when a person have a strong mindset with certain thing or idea or religion he/she will initially relate all happen around with what is in the mindset.
    let say if you believe in certain religion you will automatically relate the happening or any tropic that you would like to comment with your religion.
    basically it should be classify as psychologically imbalance as a primary disease and gradually become mindset psychic and serious case is become an extremist in this case all thing is one sided
    so know what you are commenting on the forum always think of both side of the story an strike a balance it is yes that certain thing is one sided but it still have a certain degrees of balance

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