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Teo Chee Hean: We need immigrants to maintain a ‘strong’ Singapore

Posted by temasektimes on October 11, 2012

Despite rising public unhappiness at the relentless influx of foreigners into Singapore, it appears that there will be little changes made to the present policy.

Selling the policy to a group of Singaporeans during a town hall meeting two days ago, Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean reminded Singaporeans again of the need to import immigrants in order to develop a vibrant and liveable city.

“If we don’t have a sustainable core Singapore population, we won’t be able to sustain the kind of Singapore that we want in the future. That is a critical element of the Singapore in the future. The current birth rate is not enough for us to sustain our population or even maintain it at its current level. We want to be able to raise the population through encouraging births,” he said.

He added that Singapore should be open to immigration to make up for shortfalls in birth:

“Immigrants will grow old, but they are making up for shortfall that we have today when they come in….We want to maintain a strong Singapore and we are going to try and do that by increasing our birth rates as much as possible and by supplementing it with new citizens who share our values and who can assimilate and integrate as much as possible.”

Foreigners now made up 38 percent of Singapore’s population, up from 14 percent in 1990. Of the remaining 62 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasingly number are born overseas.

With no real opposition in parliament to check on the ruling party, Singaporeans have no choice but to prepare for another wave of influx of immigrants to help them build a ‘strong’ Singapore.

23 Responses to “Teo Chee Hean: We need immigrants to maintain a ‘strong’ Singapore”

  1. Daft Peasants said

    same old fucking thing say again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again………………………………….. buay sian ah????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jason Ang said

      An Open Letter To Singaporeans

      Before we even speak about building a stronger nation, Singaporeans need to see this video.

  2. I need "mistress" to have children of different races. said

    I need “mistress” to have children of different races.

  3. Jimmy Kong said

    DPM Teo, I understand where you are coming from in thoughts, but I really wish that every Singaporeans will do it. those who are born in th 60’s and 70’s will underdstand. i find the recent generation is not matured enoungh to understand the predicaments we are having. Do not just give views, give me a solution.

  4. Naivety said

    We need Pro Alien Party to import in more racist FTs like Amy to create havoc in Sinkapore & sabotage the harmonious relationships that we have painfully created & maintained among the 4 main races through the years!!!

  5. Pink Panty Loong said

    IT’s because PAP’s policies have all gone wrong! Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, etc don’t need SO MANY FTrash to prop their economy up!

  6. Robin Hood said

    There is not much water held in this concept. A common sense analogy is, if you have a medium family all staying in the same big bungalow on a piece of land. Your activity is farming, poulty and animal rearing. Not all your children are married and therefore you are shorthanded to carry out your business.

    You have able bodied neighours. You engage them to help with the work both in the field and in the office. Because you have machineries, you have workshops to maintain them. So you need mechanics and operators.

    You ensure that your children and grandchildren hold senior supervisory position to ensure competence and high productivity. The neighbours hold middle, junior supervisory positions and also do the back breaking work under sun and rain. Becuase you are good employer who pays them well,they toil day in and day out so that you will continue to prosper and prosper.

    Never will it cross your mind to adopt any of the neighbour-workers as a member of your family. As a member he/she has certain rights. In your right mind you don’t want that. However, you would not mind if any of your sons or grandsons falls in love with a female worker. You see this as an asset to increase your family members.

    Your workers retire and go back to their homes. They are not allowed to stay on your property for the rest of their life. They are replaced by younger workers from the neighbourhood.

    Why can’t Singapore have this concept. All Singaporeans should be given the good jobs and limit FTs holding such jobs. There are already FTs who are getting snobbish these days declaring to Singaporeans that Singapore will be as it is today without their contribution. There are still many Singaporeans in schools, polytechnics and universities. They should be nurtured regardless of race and religion to look over the interest of the nation, at every level.

    Our leaders should think deeply of the negative consequences in the future if they continue with this policy of giving too much to the FTs. Remember that will not hang around in times of economic recession and return to their respective countries whose economy have turned for the better. The Thais are an example. In the old days they were almost everywhere but now they can hardly been seen around.

    Majulah Singapura !

  7. spotlessleopard said

    WE NEED to get rid of politicians who advocate more intake of Foreginers…..We need to get rid of SUNSET INDUSTRIES. AND….We need to redesign our towns so that maintenance of public places can be cleaned and mantained mechanically instead of employing hundreds of thousasnds of foreigners…….wE SHOULD BE ABLE TO REMOVE AT LEAST 500,000 unskilled and unproductive foreigners in these areas..

  8. nocando said

    you sincerely believe what you had said? wah ! looks like you really ” concern” about this cuntry.
    attention to all immigrant in singapore, we do not see your presence here as helping strong singapore. this is just his hogwash. so , don’t get overexcited, you’ll get used to this kind of bullshit over time.

  9. teo cheap buy said

    Shut up

  10. Francischuanghli said

    This are assimilating soil transplant of the fields. When PAP found lacking of support from the local, they will look for out sourcing of foreigner support. Foreigners made. Greteful citizen is the only way to ensure their continual rule. Therefore immigrants increase is the only way to squeez out the local for leaving their motherland so that the outsourced migrants will refill this land to call them LORD.

  11. happy said

    it is karma

    chasing away people like tang liang hong
    francis seow
    tan wah pheow
    poh see kai
    lim hock siew
    chia thye poh
    toh soh lung
    vincent cheng

    i was so sad that he deprived chia thye poh of manhood for 32 years
    Dr Lim Hock Siew for 19 years

    if Dr lim was not incarcerated for 19 years, he would have a few more children

    lawyer wong and his doctor wife Ang who now works in London

    all these brave man and woman were chased away

    it is time now to pay for your sins

    and populations not reproducing itself is part of your sins

  12. Virgorian said

    Yes minister teo, we need more FT to dump our rubbish, sweep our public area, clean the road and even Geylang needs them ….please please

  13. oute said

    Yes, would seven million or eight million be a better figure. We need more people to protect us, to act as “human shields.”

    thanks for your 10 years advance forsight…

  14. Joan R said

    We have immigrants not because of a lack of opposition but because of a lack of babies… pls get the facts right.

  15. dragon said

    Yes u are right ,need more FT in gov link company.Paliament need FT too to cut cost.

  16. My wish said

    I have enough immigrants, I want a weak Singapore.
    What do you think?

  17. sniper said

    SAF general make citizens serve NS while letting in FT without doing NS come in molest and rape our women.

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