IMO, Singaporeans do not have to apologise for fully expecting the govt to put their welfare before and above other nationals. By definition, the govt is answerable to Singaporeans, not foreign nationals. Can there be any other reasons for Singaporeans to vote in the PAP or for that matter, any other party, to form the govt?
It is also well known that when other countries import immigrants to fill up jobs vacancies, they also have stringent procedures and criteria in place that ensure that the interest and well being of their own citizens are safeguarded and not compromised. Look no further than the UK and Australia which Singaporeans are most familiar with, for the safeguards put in place to protect their own citizens against errant employers who are out to reap inequitable benefits at the expense of citizens.
There is only one inescapable conclusion to draw from the govt’s implemented open immigration floodgates policy – that it has been conceived and implemented, whether by design or oversight, WITHOUT due regard for the effect and impact of such a policy on the general well being of Singaporean workers and their families.
The govt appears to have its own party’s self-interest ABOVE that of citizens whose interest it has ironically, and in retrospect, with some degree of hypocrisy, sworn to uphold on taking office. In other words, bluntly, to THIS PAP govt its own self-interest is way MORE important than a very significant segment of Singaporeans; empirically, perhaps as high as 65-70% of Singaporeans, if not more, are being adversely impacted in varying degrees, in one way or another, by the indiscriminate flooding-in of foreigners by virtue of the govt’s fully intended extremely loose and easily circumvented immigration and foreign labour employment laws and policies. The facts, the ‘right’ stuffs are all in the public domain for all to see, with an abundance of the ‘gory’ details.
The highly employer-biased immigration rules and foreign labour employment policies, still hold sway even today despite purportedly redeeming efforts by the govt. If you look at what has preceded, this is not unexpected and not surprising. One has only to recall the circumstances and aftermaths of the stop-at-two population policy and the speak Mandarin campaign and in its wake, the collateral damage inflicted on ethnic Chinese Singaporeans’ roots and heritage. So what senior Lee has done to Singaporeans then (and the after-effects are still being felt), is what his son, junior Lee, is doing to Singaporeans now, with his tsunami of foreign workers allowed into the country. Clearly, the acorn has not fallen far from the oak.
I am not racist or xenophobic, and I am also most certainly not xenophilic. I subscribe to Albert Schweitzer ‘s ‘All Men Are Brothers’ philosophy:
“Reverence for Life” says that the only thing we are really sure of is that we live and want to go on living. This is something that we share with everything else that lives, from elephants to blades of grass and, of course, every human being. So we are brothers and sisters to all living things, and owe to all of them the same care and respect, that we wish for ourselves.” (http://www.albertschweitzer.info/)
Therefore, this is not a rant against foreigners. This is a expression of unhappiness about the govt for its poorly thought-out and implemented policies, and the very evident lack of care and responsibility towards the average Singaporeans, to whom it owes a duty of care, who are adversely affected by the policies.
Like many fellow Singaporeans, we welcome the many foreigners who are here to fill places in industry, construction, commerce, healthcare and other services, where Singaporeans are unable to fill for various reasons, some of which as a result of govt policies. But I believe we have every right to feel unhappiness and even resentment when the govt, given the powers it wields, failed to do a proper job that is well within its means and control. It makes matters worse when instead of being open, frank, contrite and transparent about the problems and issues created, it has preferred to take the road of arrogant oneupmanship, denial, condescension, pretension, wilful ignorance, obfuscation, and to push the blame to Singaporeans, instead of addressing their genuine concerns with genuine solutions.