Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore has been trying to attract more qualified immigrants to the island.
Reasons are, increasing numbers of educated citizens leaving the country to settle elsewhere like Australia and New Zealand, and second, insufficient babies being born. The birth rate in Singapore Island is the lowest in the world!
This is not because there is famine or civil war in the island. It is because many Singaporeans do not want to live in a politically repressive society, which Singapore is. They want to be free. So they leave Singapore in ever increasing numbers.
Except for the family of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s ruler, and those politically connected to them, those remaining in Singapore are unhappy. So they refuse to have children.
So in order to replace those Singaporean citizens who leave, they try to bring in people like you.
Let me tell you why these problems exist and warn you against immigrating to Singapore. Singapore is not a good place to live for you and for your family.
You may not be able to know this and think there is nothing wrong with the place. This is because the government carefully tries to paint a picture of goodness to foreigners in the hope you will not see the truth beneath the surface.
Here is the truth. I was born and lived in Singapore. I know.
1. Singapore is a brutal society with brutal laws.
It is lawful punishment to beat criminals who have committed crimes.
The painful and brutal beating causes them to have permanent injuries for the rest of their lives.
Hundreds and thousands of people in the island have been beaten in this fashion.
It also has the highest execution rate in the world where hundreds of people are executed each year by hanging for even petty crimes such as minor drug offenses.
Even teenagers are executed.
I am sure you would not want to bring up a family in such a society and in the midst of many people who have been brutalized, tortured and hanged. It is not a society that good people with good family values would want to associate with.
2. It is a country which does not have the rule of law. The judges are corrupt and decide cases to please the Lee Kuan Yew family, the rulers of Singapore. This means if you have a dispute in the courts, without government connections, you will lose.
The government uses the courts and their judges to punish government opponents. You cannot criticize the government. If you do, you will be punished.
You are expected each day to do your work and go home quietly. You are not supposed to think about government policies. You are not allowed to question, or criticize. This applies to all, both immigrants and citizens.
You would not want yourselves and your families to live in a society where you have to completely submit to the orders of the government. If you or your family has a dispute with the government and it is not what they want, you cannot win. In other words, you and your family will live literally as slaves in Singapore.
3. There is no independent press in Singapore. All newspapers are owned by the government.
It means you will never be able to know what the truth in the island is. You will only know what is told to you by the government owned newspapers which is nothing more than propaganda.
It is possible for you to read the Internet but you never still know whether it is the truth or not, as most writers on the Internet are themselves afraid of being caught and punished by Lee Kuan Yew.
I don't think you would want your children to live in a society where they cannot find the truth that goes on in the island.
4. Your children would not get a good education. This is because the teaches are afraid to teach their children to speak the truth. For instance, they would tell your children not to criticize the government even if they were wrong.
The teachers would be punished if they taught their students to speak their minds openly without fear.
Lee Kuan Yew demands that the teachers teach their children to submit to government’s authority, regardless of what you think. I am sure you would not want your child to grow up as fearful as a mouse, because that is what the people are in that island today.
5. Singaporeans are a people of fear. They fear everyday of their lives. They fear that the government is watching them. If you bring your child to this island, they will grow up such timid souls which I am sure you do not want.
6. It is a criminal offense to publicly criticize the government. Even if you are alone and peacefully protested in public, you would be arrested.
Singapore government demands that everyone in the island simply obey whatever they say without complaint. This sort of existence is bad no matter where you are from. It is also bad for your family and your children.
7. There is no social security at all in Singapore. If you have a job you can feed your children. If not you will be a destitute.
Those who have lost their jobs have to line up at the government officer's premises and beg for money. There is no guarantee that you will get anything. If you don’t you and your children will have nothing to eat.
8. Coming to Singapore is all right for bachelors and single people coming for a short time to earn a little money and return. If you are from the People’s Republic of China, Burma, India, Philippines or Sri Lanka, and you think you can earn more than you can in your native country, it is a good idea to come temporarily.
If you lose your job, you can always go back and your family will not suffer by being here.
9. There is no guaranteed tenure for your stay in Singapore. If you are a temporary worker or a permanent resident, as they have no set laws about any of this, they could in fact send you home any time.
You should not put you wife and children through this uncertainty, not knowing when you will be kicked out.
10. Even if you were given citizenship, it is not permanent. They can anytime strip you of your citizenship and send you home.
11. Unless you are a single person, the cost of living in Singapore is too high for a family and you would hardly make any money. In many cases, because of the lower cost of living in your native countries, you are better off staying at home.
In Singapore, transportation costs, apartment rental, food and other items are more expensive than back home.
If you are single bachelor, and are prepared to live rough and cheaply, you could save some money.
12. Singapore’s crime rate is high. Today there are numerous daily cases of people held up at knife point or snatch thieves who steal your purse and necklace. The Singapore courts punish hundreds of these criminals daily but only few of these crimes are reported in the local newspapers.
As the crime rate is increasing so much, I believe the state controlled newspapers are not reporting most of them so as not to alarm the public. But the truth is, Singapore is becoming increasingly dangerous.
13. It is also too crowded. The island is only 16 miles from north to south and 26 miles east to west. Yet, in it presently already live 4.8 million people!
Life in such crowded conditions is not only unhealthy; it is not conducive to living.
14. Singapore today is finding it extremely difficult to attract good educated people to live there permanently. Many have already known the bad side of Singapore and others have even personally experienced it.
As time goes on, they would find it almost impossible to get things done, because of the lack of qualified people. They have got a bad name and it is spreading.
15. There is severe and serious racial discrimination against non- Chinese. If you are from India or from other countries other than China, my advice is not to come to Singapore.
There is an official housing policy not to let people who are not Chinese live anywhere they want. You will required to live in certain designated areas in government housing known as HDB.
You will also be discriminated in jobs, as many employers will advertise specifically for Chinese only and even if they don’t when they see you, they will turn you away.
Since there are no laws against racial discrimination and since the government themselves do it, you have no recourse against this unfairness. You and your children would be very disappointed.
16. It is an island that heavily relies on prostitution to survive. There is a large swathe of area specially set aside for this. It is called Geylang. There on a daily basis prostitutes can be seen glaringly for all to see, walking the streets and calling out at men for business.
It is almost impossible for good people to avoid this place altogether. If you are from a good moral background, you would not want your children to live in a society as immoral as this. This is shameless vulgarity.
17. If you can, there are other countries such as Australia and New Zealand which are true democracies. There your children will have good schools with good teachers and they will not have to live in this environment of fear in Singapore. They are true democracies. Also there will not be such official brutality and cruelty in the country with government beatings and hangings amongst you.
If you want to live in a civilized society for you and your family, my advice is to avoid Singapore.
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