Singapore population nears 5 mln, immigrants rise

Oct 1, 2009 Full story: Malaysian National News Agency 197

Singapore's population has grown to almost 5 million and a quarter of that is foreign workers, whose influx has sparked concerns among its citizens about competition for jobs and living standards.

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Kick them out

Singapore, Singapore

#1 Oct 16, 2009
Singaporean are plain fed up with this influx of foreign trash. This will change after we have our elections. The opposition will take over government and Singaporeans will kick out these trash.

Go back to India and China before we kick you out.
Foreign trash

Singapore, Singapore

#2 Oct 17, 2009
I totally agree. Remove all foreigners from Singapore before they contaminate the local population.
Little Red Dot

Singapore, Singapore

#3 Oct 19, 2009
Anyone with ideas on how we can get rid of 2 million parasitic foreigners.
Little Red Dot

Singapore, Singapore

#4 Oct 28, 2009
The influx of cheap foreign labour has resulted in a drastic drop in service standards here.

Singapore's Tiger Airways is the worse budget airlines in the world currently and is well known for leaving passengers stranded.

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/p...
John Potus

Singapore, Singapore

#5 Nov 5, 2009
Well they also contribute to Singapore's crime rate.

http://www.topix.com/world/singapore/2009/10/...
John Potus

Singapore, Singapore

#6 Nov 5, 2009
John Potus

Singapore, Singapore

#7 Nov 5, 2009
Aussie Guy

Singapore, Singapore

#8 Nov 6, 2009
John, I have been here awhile and it seems your country is overrun with foreigners. I can across this article which show just how bad things are now. Thought you would be interested.

http://theonlinecitizen.com/2009/07/whyre-for...
Kick them out

Singapore, Singapore

#9 Nov 8, 2009
Foreigners, please get lost. Your're not wanted here. Get lost.
John Potus

Singapore, Singapore

#10 Nov 12, 2009
Foreigners are great. Unlike, Singaporeans they like to offer bribes to our officials. Seems like corruption is making a comeback in Singapore.

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Sing...
John Potus

Singapore, Singapore

#12 Nov 12, 2009
AT CHINA’s 60th anniversary bash last month, Zhang Yuanyuan, a China-born, permanent resident of Singapore, was caught on camera professing her love for her native country. The clip caused a storm in the island state; it was the latest sign of resentment towards incomers and evidence that immigration is becoming the city-state’s dominant political issue.

Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displayst...

Singapore is becoming a land of foreigners. We are no longer a nation. This is very sad to say the least. After so 50 years of nation building, everything has been sacrificed on the altar of greed.
Singaporean

Singapore, Singapore

#13 Nov 16, 2009
You heard all 11 posts objection to foreigners taking the island state by storm. So Singaporeans stop complaining, complaining and complaining, why not think and ACT fast since you all all playing the waiting game with your Government.

Our remedy should be, make it a law for Singaporeans to make at least four children for each family before you are entitled to have govt. sponsors for medical, housing, schooling and rebates to be announced at a later date provided this babies manufacturing factories are enforced.

You have the Options - More babies in S'pore means more work also for S'poreans by keeping lesser foreigners into our tiny island.
So stop complaining, and more ACTIONS.
Singaporean

Singapore, Singapore

#14 Nov 26, 2009
Illegal moneylenders are using foreign talent in Singapore.

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Sing...
Nightmare in Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

#15 Nov 27, 2009
S'pore loses 1,000 top talents yearly: MM Lee

Clarissa Oon
Wed, Feb 13, 2008
The Straits Times


SINGAPORE is losing about 1,000 of its best and brightest every year and the numbers are growing, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has said, sounding the alarm on the severity of the brain drain.

And the main magnet for these talents is not regional powerhouse China, but the United States and other developed English-speaking countries, he told the United Press International news agency in an interview earlier this month.

Citing figures of Singaporeans who gave up their citizenship and took out their savings and CPF funds, he said this meant 'losing about, at the top end, 1,000 a year, which is about - if you take the top 30 per cent of the population - about four or five per cent'.


Mr Lee believes this exodus could only grow because 'every year, there are more people going abroad for their first or second degree'.

Some of these Singaporean talents head for China, but return eventually because, at the end of the day, they do not want to compete with the Chinese, he said.

'You go to China, you're going to compete against 1,300 million very bright fellows, hardworking, starving. Do you stand a chance to be on top of that pole? No.'

'But if you go there as a Singaporean with a different base, speaking English which they can't, with connections to the world, then you've got a different platform.'

In comparison, the pull of US is difficult to reverse, he said, noting that American firms recruited bright Singaporean students straight out of universities there.

After acclimatising to life and work in the US,'if they decide to take the Green Card and settle in America, then I think we've lost them', said Mr Lee.

Singaporeans who do not want the stiff competition in the US go to Australia and Canada, he added.

The brain drain has been a regular issue addressed by MM Lee, who has repeatedly said that this is Singapore's Achilles heel.

To stem this loss of talent, Singapore has wooed many top professionals from China and India here, he said.

The draw for the Chinese is that their children can learn both English and Chinese, while the Indians like Singapore because it is close to home, yet a step up in terms of First World infrastructure.

'The trouble is many of the Chinese then use us as a stepping stone to go to America, where the grass is greener.'

'But even if we only keep 30 to 40 per cent and lose 60 to 70 per cent, we're a net gainer,' he said. He said, however, that the Chinese would cease to come in 20 to 30 years' time, when China's living standards rise to match Singapore's.
Heart broken

Singapore, Singapore

#16 Dec 3, 2009
Dec 3, 2009
China national still missing
Mavis Toh

SHE had been looking forward to a trip home after six months away. But Ms Han Yanfei never made the Nov 27 flight back to China. Just three weeks before her much-anticipated return to Liaoning province, the 28-year-old karaoke singer and hostess went missing.

The Chinese national's mysterious disappearance came just a day before a regular client of the karaoke lounge she was working at was found dead.

On Nov 9, Mr Steven Ng's lifeless body, clad only in his underwear, was found floating near the shores of East Coast Park. Mr Ng, a businessman, is believed to be married with two children.

Relatives and colleagues of Ms Han said that the two were 'intimate' and believed to be a couple. Ms Han's colleagues added that they last saw her at about 3am on Nov 8, as she left her workplace - Song KTV - on Telok Ayer Street alone.

Her employer made a report on Nov 10, when she did not show up for work and calls to her mobile phone went unanswered. Ms Han's family made a police report last week, after they could not reach her on the phone and were told by her employer that she had not shown up for work. They also filed a missing person's report with Crime Library.

The Straits Times.
Sad Singaporean

Singapore, Singapore

#17 Dec 4, 2009
Dec 5, 2009
Lover torched fish farm, jailed

A CLEANER who had a dispute with her lover over financial and personal matters torched his fish farm, causing damage of more than $200,000.

On Friday, Liu Gui Ling, 37, a Chinese national, was jailed for nine weeks by Community Court Judge Soh Tze Bian for mischief.

She purposely threw two lighted matchsticks within the grounds of the Pasir Ris fish farm in April this year.

The court heard that Liu, a permanent resident, had had a dispute with the farm's owner, Mr Goh Khoon Heng, 53, at about 11.30pm on April 8.

A few hours later, she lit two matchsticks and threw them into some trash bags at the fish farm.

She surrendered to the police that night.

Pleading for leniency, she told the judge that she had a two-year-old child with her lover, whom she planned to wed next year.

The Straits Times

Even cleaners can get PR in Singapore.
Bangla Worker

Singapore, Singapore

#18 Dec 9, 2009
Left for dead foreign worker get 'fortune' South China Morning Post. Nov 18, 1997.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Singapore

A BANGLADESHI worker left for dead in a drain by his bosses after a construction accident paralysed him is returning home a rich man, thanks to compensation and donations, a report said.

The New Paper reported that Mohamad Bashar, 24, had S$200,000 to his name - a fortune in Bangladesh, where the annual per-capita income is about S$470.

About half of the money is from a compensation fund and the rest donations from well-wishers and a charitable organisation which helped him recuperate after a work-site lift crushed his upper body in December 1996.

There was an outpouring of sympathy after it was revealed Mr Bashar's bosses dumped him in a drain after the mishap, where soldiers found him.

Mr Bashar was illegally employed when the accident occurred. Two men were jailed for 18 and 15 months for harbouring an illegal worker and concealing evidence. A third jumped bail.

Published in the South China Morning Post. Nov 18, 1997
Nightmare in Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

#19 Dec 12, 2009
Saturday December 5, 2009
Testing time for migrant policy
INSIGHT DOWN SOUTH
By SEAH CHIANG NEE
A proposed pre-citizenship test has stirred controversy, and the intense debate has divided Singaporeans over the future direction of the republic’s immigration policy.
A MALAYSIAN friend last week asked me what I made of the proposed pre-citizenship test, the first such idea mooted here, and he wonders how it will affect his family.
A retired teacher in Kuala Lumpur, he has a wife and a daughter living here as permanent residents, with the latter in college and hoping to settle in Singapore after graduation.
What was the test all about, my friend wanted to know. Was it a prelude to an immigration tightening-up in the republic because of growing public unhappiness over it?
He was referring to a proposed study to make foreigners take a general knowledge test on Singapore before granting them citizenship.
My Malaysian friend’s concern is natural enough.
It probably reflects the feelings of many foreigners in the region who look upon Singapore as a good relocation place with fair-paying jobs when things get tough back home.
However, Malaysians – who once shared a country with Singaporeans – have occupied a special place here. They are not really regarded as “foreigners’ in the real sense of the word.
I have been blessed with having many Malaysian friends, and some have been affected by the city’s demographic transformation probably more than anybody except Singaporeans.
A mere citizenship test will, of course, not stir unease, not as much as the simmering ill-feelings here against immigrants.
The broader concern is that these emotions may lead to a change in the easy access that Malaysians have to live or settle here.
“We can understand Singaporean resentment, we’d probably feel the same, too, if many foreigners were allowed to work in Malaysia,” my friend said.“As potential beneficiaries, however, we’re worried.”
The vehemence of the anti-immigrant sentiments has come as a surprise to many Malaysians (especially Internet visitors). They had always admired the city’s traditional acceptance of foreigners.
I told my Malaysian friend what I thought of the pre-citizenship test and the future of immigration here.
Under the plan, foreigners may have to pass a test on Singapore – its history, culture and general knowledge – before they are allowed to become citizens.
The idea is to promote the newcomers’ integration and bonding here and reducing potential friction with Singaporeans.
Singaporeans complain that in its rush to offer citizenship and PR to “foreign talents”, the government has failed to ensure they have a sense of belonging and some loyalty.
This test applies mostly to permanent residents (PRs), who come largely from Malaysia, China, India and the region. It follows similar practices in the United States, Britain and Australia.
Last year, 20,513 foreigners were given Singapore citizenship and 79,167 others offered PR status – both record numbers. Fewer than 40,000 Singaporean babies are born annually.
The open door policy will likely remain unchanged. However, public furore has grown much recently, resulting in the government to announce a reduced intake in future.
Officials also said that future expansion might be limited to the society’s ability and willingness to absorb them.
Due to history, Malaysians still make up the largest number of permanent residents in Singapore, many of them having been here for decades without becoming citizens.
They live in resale Housing Development Board (HDB) flats. Many of their children have served national service and raised families.
If they do not become citizens, their status will remain unchanged, but if they wish to they will have to take the test.
http://www.thestar.com.my/columnists/story.as...
ASHU

India

#20 Dec 12, 2009
They live in resale Housing Development Board
Ex-Singaporean

Singapore, Singapore

#21 Dec 29, 2009
Ex-immigration officer jailed for helping foreigners extend visit pass
By Ansley Ng, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 29 December 2009 1626 hrs

SINGAPORE: A former senior immigration officer will spend one year in jail for helping foreigners to extend their social visit passes through a U-turn scheme.

Mah Chin Phock admitted to taking bribes of more than S$1,500 to help an accomplice with the U-turn scheme, in which female Chinese nationals would re-enter Singapore from Malaysia.

Whenever he was on duty, Mah would send coded SMSes to his accomplice, who would then inform the foreigners to queue up at Mah's booth. Mah would then be lenient in letting the foreigners back into Singapore.

Besides being jailed, Mah was ordered by the court on Tuesday to pay a penalty equivalent to the bribes he received.

- CNA/sc

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