Monday, November 18, 2013

Singapore island 50% foreigners and climbing

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore island, a tiny speck with 5 million people has already 50% of it's resident's foreigners the result of a misguided policy of allowing unlimited numbers of foreign people and businesses to boost the economy. It is the same with all dictatorships. Their policies always look silly after a time mainly because they not accountable to anyone.

As a result you see open undisguised discrimination against locals by foreign businesses. Filipino restaurants with Filipino managers only employ their fellow Filipinos. German companies openly advertise only for foreigners with the notice "local Singaporeans need not apply". This sort of discrimination against locals in any other country in the world would be unheard of, but in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore where the people have no say on how their island is run it is not uncommon at all.

With the continual falling birth rates and the growing brain drain to the West of their educated young, the result is a worsening of the population ratio with even more foreigners and even fewer locals in their own island. Recent half hearted attempts by the government to stop the relative increase of foreigners presumably because of locals complaining is simply ineffective since the numbers of businesses needing workers are so many and so large that any attempt to dampen it would cause a recession.

Like a cart pulling the horse down a slide, the island has no choice but to continue the importation of even more foreign labor to an extent where the locals would make no more than a small fraction in their own island.

This transformation of the Singapore population from a native one to a majority foreign one may have some very dire consequences in racial tensions.

Remember the immigrants who continue to come in such large numbers principally from the peoples Republic of China are not those who have had experience of living among other races unlike the Singapore locals who have over decades managed to understand the need for cordiality and cooperation in a multi racial society.

Can you imagine a scenario when a recent immigrant from China insulting a local Malay Muslim calling him a pig or a black Indian which is not unthinkable. With the growing undercurrent of discomfort and uneasiness caused by so many foreigners in their midst taking away their jobs, it is any one's guess how the Singaporeans local is going to react.

Human nature being what it is, it is not unthinkable that he would turn violent and give  the foreigner a proper beating. And then what? Will not the foreigners retaliate? And then you have a full scale island wide racial riot and conflagration in your hands, thank you very much.

Just as Lee Kuan Yew's misguided policy of town and city planning of concentrating posh shopping district in Orchard Road, a location which is only at or below sea level resulting in uncontrollable almost daily flooding, the policy of bringing in businesses and foreigners from abroad without thinking it through, will now cause racial riots which we would never have without these foreigners in these huge numbers.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California, USA
Tel: 510 491 4375


Unknown said...

One recalls the governments previous plans for high-tech manufacturing, a financial hub, a biomedical hub, yet this massive reliance on cheap foreign labor calls the success of those plans into question.

Let's not forget that the PRC Chinese even discriminate against local Chinese. It's an open secret that a sizable portion of those who seek Singapore citizenship desire it as a stepping stone to acquiring citizenship elsewhere. They are not hoodwinked by the promises of the PAP.

On the threat of violence based on friction between immigrants and Singaporeans, let's not leave out the possibility of immigrant on immigrant violence(those from the Phillipines, and China?)

Anonymous said...

Charles Liong said

Let's not forget that the PRC Chinese even discriminate against local Chinese

Can't say that I am not happy to see the local Chinese get a taste of their own medicine.

I say let more PRCs, India Indians, Pinoys into Singapore.

Gopalan Nair said...

To Anonymous who said

"Can't say that I am not happy to see the local Chinese get a taste of their own medicine."

You are getting your wish. Foreigners will overtake the local population. There is no doubt about it. There are too many foreign businesses in the island which require far too many workers which the locals cannot provide. Moreover they are emigrating and not having babies. Your wish in indeed coming true.

Anonymous said...

Living in Australia, I see some of these mainlander Chinese are calling themselves Singaporeans and buying properties in a big way in Sydney and Melbourne.

Their bored kids driving expensive Lexus/BMW parking illegally in Chinatown.

These Chinese do look down on Nanyang Chinese as poor cousins but having Singaporean identity provide better gateways overseas somehow.

Why ain't the boys serving NS?

Enough said.