"I dunno what I am defending anymore" Talk about hitting bull's eye! Many of us hardly feel like we miss Singapore nowadays when we leave, apart from the fact that our families are still rooted there.
And as usual, the SM husband and wife tag team are absolutely clueless about the realities of Singapore. Previously the wife was backing up the wrong team of a NKF cheater offending us with her gallant defence that the CEO skyrocketed pay was "peanut pay", and now the SM husband is asking incredulously as if it true that many of us are getting disillusioned at what Singapore population has become. Why am I NOT surprise at his reaction? Isnt this the same fellow who offended the whole country with the infamous "Quitter" Speech, and yet fail to examine how many ministers' children failed to return to SG and live? He had soooo totally lost my respect ever since that episode, and much prefer if he voluntarily step down from his post if he is losing touch with the ground - the LOCALS and I can never stand those moments where his foot always end up in his mouth..I wish Tony Tan was the PM and SM instead..at least I much prefer to hear him talk sense.
Back to topic at hand. Everywhere I turned, it's almost foreigners (PRC) left right and center, taking up jobs that used to be taken up by a local, or by our neighborly cousins Malaysians. It's so annoying that I cannot even seem to call this country my home anymore but rather "extended china" because the landscape has changed so much that I failed to recognise it as what it use to represent. Seriously, everytime when I get back and chitchat with my friends, most of us grumble about the workforce and the increasingly non integrative population....it is sooo distinct nowsdays...and sad too.
Like the uni undergrad chap, most of us used to feel very strongly and proud about being Singaporean, despite the fact we might cringed a lilttle at the "Stand up for Singapore" national songs...yet now....what does Singapore means to me? A place where my families and friends are. Period. Attachment? What attachment? What do I have to miss when every corner I turn, it's another accented Mandarin tongue who brings their habits over?
No I dont disagree with the policy of influx of foreigners since let's face it, every country has it fair share of foreigners and immigrants, but please pray, do define talent to what extent do we let the size grow? 1:3 ratio is scary. How is PRC serving as retail staff, PRC serving at cafes, PRC serving at restaurants, PRC working in a low level IT job, etc etc be all considered "Foreign Talent". Many of them are here on the pretext of study visa, overheard in some cases, and some having spoken to them personally. Why are they allowed to work a perm job if they are on study visa? Others, too old to be on study visa, I dont even know on what grounds do they enter the country to be hired in the low level blue collar jobs? Well hookers are prob the only ones we all know came in on social visa.
That's said, it isnt all the PRC that are bad. Some of the Caucasians are here for the ride too. Some of them are employed here as directors and top managements, only to have them squeeze out all the locals in the whole institution because they didnt want to work with the "local people." What is more mortifying? I have heard first hand accounts that some of these so called top talents are actually Nobodies in their own European countries, doing some gigs and stuff but they got creative with their resume and the fact that its just too hard to verify every one's resume from overseas, we ended up with a lot of big shots of no substance. Simply because some locals still have discriminating inferior complex, with the "White is good, Yellow is lousy" colonial syndrome.
I rem my European fren who turned PR sharing a personal incident. He couldnt understand why some institution are blatantly obsessed with hiring blonds and blye eyes, while turning a blind eye to the discrimination of the locals. When he discovered all the senior positions were held by foreigners, he questioned the rationale. He was told "these are the best talents invited to hold the positions here." Unconvinced, my fren did a little digging and discovered to his horror some of them hold fake credentials from little known or non existence uni degree. He reported them to MOM and he was asked " So what do u want us to do? Do u want us to deport him?" When his deed was brought to open, my fren was being ostractised by the FTs, questioning his motives, asking him outright "WHy are you siding with THEM when u should be one of us?" THEM - The very country who offered these FTs a cushy job, fat checks and us being treated like a fool.
Building HDB SM? Well, we are not begrudging the hard labour force now are we? You missed the whole entire point. The idea of importing foreign labour is not wrong. We always had foreigners working in our country since as far dated back in the 80s i can rem. However the point is that, the locals did not feel and were not feeling immediately threatened and OVERWHELMED by the existence of of the non locals. Which is why we could work hand in hand and still feel a sense of attachment. Now, we have a bunch of people who do not seem to want to integrate into our culture, but only here to milk the system, enjoy the convenience of the passport travel, the stability and schools for their kids...and then what else? Comes to the crunch, their ROOTS will be where THEY ARE FROM where their parents, grand parents are, not here with us. Even with many foreign born and bred partners, the national alliances will always be divergent. The foreign partners will will lie with their home countries eg: France, U.S, Australia etc.They might be PR but so what? This isnt the land they grew up in and has any fond childhood memories, and their families are not here, so why again will any of them fight any war for us when their own country might need them one day? So imagine if those PRs who are not binded to any locals, why would their alliance be with Singapore? Just because the Govt gave them a red passport? What a joke right?
My uni friends and I shared a story the other day over dinner. One of our girlfren working in sg had a appointment with a "impt, big Overseas client" that the company values very much. As she took a deep breath and open the meeting room door, there and behold, the so call "overseas talent" for the joint project was none other than our college mate, a born and bred Singaporean who just happen to be working overseas for couple of years. We laughed at the irony at how when we worked in Singapore straight out of uni, we are treated like dirt like any other locals. Leave Sg, work overseas for a few years and you are treated like a Golden boy or Girl (Foreign Talent). Perhaps, all the SG local talents should ALL leave Sg and leave the country for the foreigners and have our govt beg us back to appreciate what they have lost.
source : http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/2010/10/30/i-dont-know-what-im-defending-anymore/
Young Singaporeans like Lim Zi Rui are becoming increasingly disillusioned and they’re not afraid to let it show.The 23-year-old final-year aerospace engineering student was among a 1,000-strong crowd who attended a Ministerial Forum organised on Friday by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Students’ Union. Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was the guest-of-honour.
During a dialogue session after SM Goh’s main address, Lim stood up and asked if the Minister was aware that many young people no longer felt a sense of ownership in Singapore.
“When I was younger, I was very proud of being a Singaporean,” said Lim as reported in The Straits Times.
“But that was about five, ten years ago. Five years later, with all the changes in policies and the influx of foreign talent, I really don’t know what I’m defending any more.”
He said this was a view that many of the men he served with during National Service also held.
“I feel that there is a dilution of the Singapore spirit in youth… We don’t really feel comfortable in our country any more,” he said.
Mr Goh replied, “‘This is one early sign of danger… If this is happening, it is very serious.” He went on to ask Mr Lim why he felt disconnected.
Mr Lim told SM Goh, ”‘I’m still serving as an officer and I definitely would love to defend Singapore.”
But he said the key difference between him and his foreign friends was, “I tell them, this is my country. I can’t just leave here whenever I want to. You can come and play and work here, but I have to stay here.”
SM Goh responded by defending the government’s policy of welcoming foreigners.
“You want to have a home. Who’s going to build your HDB flat?” said the Minister.
Lim replied that due to the inability to afford the sky-high public housing prices, his brother had to call off his engagement.
“My brother got engaged, but lost his engagement because he could not afford an HDB flat,” said Lim, who went on to state that his question was not about “integrating foreigners”.
“My question was, how are we going to help the younger generation feel a sense of belonging to Singapore? I don’t think it’s about integrating foreigners,” said Lim.
“This is your country,” SM Goh replied. “What do you want me to do to make you feel you belong?”
“For my part, don’t worry about me,” Mr Lim said. “I will definitely do something, if I can, for Singapore. But I can tell you honestly that the sentiment on the ground is a bit different.”
“If this is happening, it is very serious,” said SM Goh.
“If the majority feel they don’t belong here, then we have a fundamental problem. Then I would ask myself: What am I doing here? Why should I be working for people who don’t feel they belong over here?” asked SM Goh.
Earlier on during the dialogue session, the Minister made the point that the next General Elections, due to be held by February 2012, would be a “watershed” for the future of Singapore from which a “fourth Prime Minister and a core team of younger ministers will emerge”.
SM Goh also challenged the young undergrads in his audience to “make a difference to Singapore” by joining local politics