Forum participants agree that Singaporeans are ‘accepting’ of foreigners
Posted by temasektimes on September 23, 2012
As expected, the ‘National Conversation’ wasn’t really exactly a real conversation, but a stage-managed ‘wayang’ for the government to propagate its official stance on certain issues in a subtle manner under the guise of ‘public opinion’ garnered from a minority of Singaporeans.
Some 30 carefully pre-screened participants were invited to a Mandarin forum during which they were ‘guided’ by the host to participate in a much controlled discussion with the Prime Minister.
The participants were also polled on some sensitive issues and the skewed results were widely publicized by the state media to create a false perception that they represent the ‘majority’ of Singaporeans while contrarian views were marginalized and sidelined as belonging to a ‘radical’ and ‘vocal’ minority.
For example, some 77 percent of the 30 participants poll think that Singaporeans are ‘accepting’ of foreigners while 67 percent agreed that Singapore should continue welcoming immigrants to boost the country’s low birth rate.
There was no real debate on the adverse effects of the government’s immigration policies on ordinary Singaporeans such as widening income gap, sky-rocketing property prices and a decline in the quality of life and neither was there a review of the mistakes made in the last few years.
Instead of a ‘National Conversation’, the government should consider calling for a ‘National Referendum’ to allow ALL Singaporeans to express their views on this matter.