Monday, March 14, 2011

Has Singapore's foreign born population overtaken the local?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The harm which the Lee government has done by bringing boatloads of foreign workers into Singapore, which happens to have the second lowest birth rate in the world and almost the highest rate of emigration, is simply unstoppable and irreversible.

It is simply too late for Lee and his multi million dollar family and friends to do anything about it now. It is just as if the car has been put into reverse and the gear has locked.

It will be interesting to watch what real native Singaporeans can or will do when their population shrinks from small to nothing, when recently arrived foreigners outnumber the locals, when what we knew of being truly Singaporean has become a faded memory.

In Dubai, the local population of Emiritis is just 5%, thats all. It is almost impossible to see a real Dubai person in Dubai. You are more likely to see an Indian a Pakistani or an Englishmen.

When that point where foreigners are in the majority, Singapore will lose it's competitiveness and will sink into oblivion. Singapore does not have the unlimited financial support of the likes of Abu Dhabi's oil money to keep it going as does Dubai.

And that will be the end of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore.

And when that point of no return happens, it will be proving once again what history has taught us all along, which is, the inherent weakness of dictatorships.

This thing would never have happened if Singapore was a democracy with a vibrant civil society because there would have been more than sufficient voices warning of the impending doom in pursuing such a policy.

But the Lee Kuan Yew family would have nothing of contrarian voices. He thought he knew everything, just as all dictators are, and it is especially in such a case that Lee Kuan Yew knows nothing.

Now it is too late for anyone to arrest the decline, not for Lee Kuan Yew's PAP or not even for the opposition. And the fault for this lies equally with the opposition for not standing up to Lee Kuan Yew peacefully or otherwise to save the island.

Now all we have to do is to sit back and watch the inevitable collapse of the edifice that once was. No amount of effort is ever going to either increase the birth rate or to arrest the unstoppable flow of Singaporeans to the West.

Humpty Dumpty had a fall, and nothing will put him back again.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A1
Fremont, CA 94538, USA
Tel: 510 657 6107
Fax: 510 657 6914

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