Dear Friends, yesterday morning as I took a train ride from Kallang Station to Pioneer Station I could see that most of the paxs onboard were foreigners -either working here as our newly-minted PR or citizens.
What I’m trying to emphasise in this write-up is that I am amongst those few Singaporean who is always away from home on outstation assignments like handling certain project beyond Singapore.
What I realised on the train ride was that unlike Singaporeans working away from their shores in other jurisdictions, most of the countries I had worked would NEVER offer “foreigners” like me and the rest easy citizenship or PR like what Singapore 🇸🇬 does LIBERALLY.
Take for instance countries like United Arab Emirates (UAE), Brunei, some European nations, China, India and Japan which will NEVER invite other guest workers to become their citizens.
The outsiders working there are to benefit these host countries economy. Absolutely nothing else.
To become a citizen in this countries is a far cry.
The reason is straightforward. These countries care more for their own citizens and will never allow a situation (like in Singapore) to ever happen.
I have good reasons to bring up this point because this morning when my colleagues and I did our walkabout in Pioneer constituency, we received a lot of feedbacks from the local residents and of course from foreign talents too. Some of the latter had been here for a long time.
By and large, most of these FTs were a happy and satisfied lot.
Why shouldn’t they be? Jobs, homes, education here are better off then their own natural countries.
Sadly this isn’t so for the locals because the cost of living, education for their kids, jobs and employment aren’t to their expectations. So naturally many were very disappointed with the PAP and its policy in this area.
The feedback coming from many of the locals was therefore negative and mostly against the ruling PAP – a political party that had been supported by their grandparents, parents and in many cases themselves. Many felt cheated and were openly talking about their frustrations and future concerns for their loved ones. Some even regretted the past support given to the PAP by their elders in the past.
Isn’t this such a sad state of affairs?
That’s why as Singaporeans we have to stand up for our rights.
When there is an opportunity for a change, why must we wait?
Many already know that a change for the better would be best.
To many of them the PAP isn’t the only political party which can govern Singaporeans.
They are aware that there many much better ones in waiting.
Finally ask yourselves, at the end of your working age where is your retirement?
Where has your CPF ended up?
To say or even think that the current government is looking after your healthcare, kids education, jobs and where you’ll end up is but a mere illusion today.
Think of your future.
Change when we still got the chance..!!!
Time and ride awaits no one.