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Foreigners unhappy with S’pore must aim higher by insulting everyone on a global level

Foreigners unhappy with S’pore must aim higher by insulting everyone on a global level

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Think big, go far.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are ready to introduce people to Perth as a good place to hide out, are inviting foreigners in Singapore to freely vent their anger and insult Singapore and Singaporeans.

This after a foreigner freely insulted Singapore and Singaporeans and was called out by locals, resulting in him getting fired from his job.

One local, Hor Gao Kan, said: “Foreigners who are unhappy with Singapore should not feel the need to bottle up those feelings and suffer inside.”

“They should feel free to vent them out in public, especially on social media, where more people can see and share it for posterity’s sake.”

“After which, the foreigner will promptly have more free time to spare to ruminate about life, in general.”

However, other locals said foreigners targeting Singapore and Singaporeans alone can be dangerous as it is self-limiting.

Siow Pah, another Singaporean, said: “It is important for foreigners to target their anger at Singapore and Singaporeans, but more can be done.”

“To really make an impact beyond Singapore, the foreigner who is angry must go on a non-discriminatory rant against everyone without being blinded by race, religion or nationality and even sexual orientation.”

“That is the true spirit of embracing globalisation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’pore feels quiet like in the 1990s as 1 million foreigners go back home for CNY

S’pore feels quiet like in the 1990s as 1 million foreigners go back home for CNY

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Everything appears so calm these past few days.

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Waves of nostalgia has hit Singaporeans from all walks of life these past two days of Chinese New Year celebrations, as many locals said they are experiencing 1990s conditions where there were much lesser people in Singapore.

This after an estimated 1 million foreigners left Singapore the past week to go back to their home countries to celebrate Chinese New Year, with commerce and businesses grinding to a halt as an eerie calm has overtaken the country.

One Singaporean, Guo Xing Nian, said there is an appreciable change in atmosphere as the streets are less crowded and even the roads have become more empty: “Really feels like the 1990s where there were less people. The whole place seems to have a sense of normality and calm that I’ve not experienced at any other time throughout the year.”

“No feelings of claustrophobia at all.”

Other Singaporeans noted that this decline in the number of people in the country has improved living conditions as there has been a lesser need to fight for available space and the frenetic pace of everyday living has slowed down considerably.

Xiang Tong Nian, another local said he was surprised that this change is so noticeable, even though he has all along been well aware that Singapore has been reliant on foreigners: “This just means that the number of people on an island has severe repercussions on livability.”

“Singapore should really have more Chinese New Year public holidays then. It will be good for everybody as there will be more days of emptiness.”

“We could really use a bit of that.”

 

 

 

 

 











What do S’poreans think of foreigners?

What do S’poreans think of foreigners?

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Here are some well-thought answers to this question.

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What are some thoughts that Singaporeans have of foreigners? Expats? Anyone who is not local?

Here are some observations culled from various highly-qualified sources that contradict one another:

1. There is an aspirational mindset among Singaporeans that they want to be more like foreigners as far as possible because there are perks. This is due to a few simple reasons: One, going overseas before returning back here will signal that you have “made it” somehow. Two, foreigners do not need to serve National Service. They can come to Singapore to enjoy the free defence.

Source: More S’poreans want to become foreigners to enjoy higher quality of life

 

2. Foreigners who work here as manual labourers are thought of as never, ever having any problems.

This view was most pronounced during the Little India riot in December 2013. Singapore believed that foreign workers rioted because they were feeling okay, like it was just a regular thing to do.

Source: Foreign workers rioted because they were feeling okay

 

3. Foreigners in Singapore are at the mercy of their economic caste. There is a simple binary view of things here: If you can afford the better things in life, you are pretty much okay. If you can’t, you might be a nuisance.

Source: S’pore researcher discovers expensive alcohol contains crucial anti-rioting properties

 

4. Some foreigners are considered better at holding their liquor than others. And alcohol is seen as this manipulative substance that does things to foreigners that make them act out sometimes.

Source: Alcohol failed to cause riot at Clark Quay the past year since Little India riot occurred

 

5. Foreigners have fun in Singapore at the expense of the mainstream media. They like to do stuff to fool them.

Source: Random people wear checked shirts in Little India to fool mainstream media

 

6. At the end of the day, Singaporeans would not have been xenophobic had it not been for the presence of foreigners.

Source: S’poreans blame foreigners for xenophobia

 

Likewise, you wouldn’t get divorced if you didn’t get married:

5 real reasons why more S’porean couples get divorced within 5 years of marriage

S’poreans blame foreigners for xenophobia

S’poreans blame foreigners for xenophobia

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Because locals cannot cause xenophobia.

The primary cause of xenophobia is foreigners.

The primary cause of xenophobia is foreigners.

Some Singaporeans from some walks of life are blaming foreigners.

This after Singaporean-foreigner relations got a bit more testy these past few weeks as both sides engaged in territorial disputes over who has access to a place in Orchard Road, ironically named, Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.

One Singaporean, Ben Di Ren, said: “If there were no foreigners in Singapore, Singaporeans wouldn’t even be xenophobic in the first place.”

Other locals backed up this logic.

Hui Jia Xiang, another local, said: “If foreigners leave Singapore now, there will be no xenophobia left.”

Some other locals also jumped to the defence of this logic

Wai Guo Ren, another Singaporean, said: “Singaporeans are very peace-loving people. It is the foreigners who are the cause of xenophobia. So you must blame foreigners for causing animosity instead.”

National Service necessary to protect foreigners

National Service necessary to protect foreigners

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Non-locals need Singaporeans to hold the fort because they can’t.

From Kementah.blogspot.com

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute on Monday to 900,000 Singaporean men who have donned a uniform to serve in the military, civil defence or police force.

Almost heartfelt but not really, Our Dear Leader’s recognition of the efforts of male Singaporeans was actually to announce that the Government is dangling $100 million worth of vouchers and free NSmen club memberships. Each serviceman will get $50 to $100 worth of vouchers.

Why the sudden reward, no one knows.

Because most of it, nevertheless, will come to nothing as no one bothers or knows what to do with them vouchers since it is not liquid cash.

PM Lee also said that National Service is part of the Singapore identity. He believes this will help unite Singaporeans.

I mean, sure, this undoubtedly leaves Singaporeans feeling sympathetic for foreigners. Who are able to come to Singapore to buy property, such as condominiums.

And live a sheltered life, excluded from serving NS — which involves rolling in the mud, wearing leaves and eating combat ration.

How horrible it is that foreigners have to suffer such fate and be left out.

One Singaporean patriot, Hen Ai Guo, who completed his NS stint, plus seven high-key and three low-key reservist obligations and stays in a three-room flat, said: “Singapore requires Singaporeans to serve National Service because foreigners can’t. Because if we don’t protect the country, foreigners cannot buy condominiums at sky high prices. And rent them out for profit.”

“This helps to keep property prices stable, as our government believes.”

Only a minority of S’poreans chronically allergic to foreigners

Only a minority of S’poreans chronically allergic to foreigners

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The rest just don’t fancy the circumstances forced down their throats.

By Belmont Lay

There are many things that I don’t understand as a normal citizen.

For example, why is Singapore’s population composition the way it is today? How does the authorities even decide which country’s citizens are ripe for the picking?

I know I cannot call the ICA and demand an answer. Neither can I rely on The Straits Times to tell me anything timely.

I mean, on what basis are people granted Singaporean citizenship or permanent residency?

Their ability to speak Mandarin? They have opposable thumbs? Their reproductive organs are functioning?

I can bet you that 99.9 percent of us locals haven’t got a clue.

From a purely humanist perspective, I do know intellectually it is wrong to deny anyone the chance to cross borders to gain access to a better life.

Come on, our forefathers were immigrants. Our forefathers’ forefathers surely did do a bit of uprooting themselves.

And if we go back far enough along the tree of life, basically our ancestors at one point in time crawled out of the African plains.

If they didn’t, we’ll still be there, inside trees, nibbling on branches and termites with our bums exposed to the savannah elements.

Hence, foreigners can come to Singapore to strike out a better living. And they can do it for the betterment of our economy and themselves.

However, I just don’t want to look like an ass telling each and every Singaporean to give foreigners some love and kindness after locals left, right and centre have either just lost their jobs to them or became displaced in some way or another.

Because the reality is this: There exists numerous instances where foreigners have negatively impacted the lives of Singaporeans. Go talk to a retrenched PMET.

Look, the inherent fear of foreigners has been something that has been going on for the longest time in countries such as Australia. Some politicians there feed off the xenophobic mob to try to get elected into parliament.

Here in Singapore, things haven’t gone that way. Or at least, not yet. And that is kind of like the silver lining for now.

But it surely doesn’t help if we infuse the foreigner discussion with platitudes, such as: “We must make foreigners feel welcome” or “Without foreigners, Singapore will cease to function.”

The current leaders who are doing this, please stop.

These statements are grating, meaningless and annoying.

What Singaporeans simply want is:
a) to be kept abreast of our country’s direction and vision and
b) whether there is indeed a policy to skew the current population composition in a certain direction.

Let’s just put it in simpler terms: Why can’t the present government say for certain if there is a preference to boost our population with people from China?

If so, doesn’t this amount to some kind of positive discrimination at work here?

Or, can anyone with any knowledge of our immigration policy confirm if it is just me or is the upper class Chinese expatriate community really getting larger?

And who are the ones making those decisions behind our backs on our behalf?

If Singapore prides itself as being a city-state that cherishes diversity and globalisation and multiculturalism and all the things that make a First World Country, then why not be more transparent about things?

Where can I go to find an honest answer?

From my Punggol PAP MP Janil Puthucheary?

I guess I could, because Janil sure can tell me a lot about getting a citizenship here, you lucky ex-Malaysian, you.

You see, a lot of these details relating to Singapore’s treatment of foreigners are completely fuzzy. And honestly, with my level of intelligence and my honours degree from NUS, I should have been able to figure all this out given some time and vodka.

But alas, no.

Therefore, I can’t help but feel that whatever situation we’re in now is a result of having circumstances shoved down our throats.

And the the people with the real answers aren’t very forthcoming.

You can also just feel it in the air that if certain backroom policies and unofficial stance were made official in black-and-white, the fallout resulting from public rebuke will be biblical.

So here’s the point of today’s missive: A minority of Singaporeans are chronically allergic to foreigners. The vast majority, though, are trying to remain as indifferent as they can towards them. But with increasing difficulty.

We are, after all, already up to here with people on this island.

And I don’t remember ever voting for this.

Photo offers convincing proof that foreigners are invading Singapore

Photo offers convincing proof that foreigners are invading Singapore

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Surveillance photo taken by an NS recruit.

A startling photo has been deemed by the Singapore government as proof that foreigners are invading the country, years after ignoring repeated warnings from citizens and experts in the field.

The peculiar image, taken in Orchard Road, shows a rotund man in what appears to be a military fatigue resembling that worn by Chairman Mao, the revolutionary leader of China.

Experts who studied the photo have raised the alarm bells, imploring the government to finally take action after months of burying their head in the sand.

“They are everywhere, attacking our buses, driving on our roads and engaging in reckless Grand Theft Auto-like killing sprees,” said Dr Matthias De Silva, a Total Defense Propagandist at the Singapore Armed Forces and lecturer at an obscure private university. Read the full story

Fellow Singaporeans, wake up your idea!

Fellow Singaporeans, wake up your idea!

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We love to bitch about them, don't we?

2 March 2012, 1530 hours. My anxiety level was approaching infinity. Best friend collected her slip and walked away. With my handphone squeezed between my head and left shoulder, I tried to converse with my cousin while manoeuvering my right hand, without dropping anything.

From behind, best friend shouted: “5 As!” From the handset, I heard cousin say: “5 As! How about you?”

I stared at the piece of paper that would determine my future. “3 As, 1 B for my H2s. GP, C. Cannot get scholarship!” My crutches wobbled as I burst into a flood of tears.

Hours later, at my house, cousin and I were feasting on Maggi mee when he hugged me. Then it was his turn to cry. “Monday must book in!”

Cousin has epilepsy and ADHD. He lives with my parents because his abused him. Although a clerk, he enthusiastically contributes to the defence of Singapore, volunteering to handle the most intellectually challenging tasks.

Unfortunately, several ITE gangsters from his unit know the causes of his fits and have made a sadistic game out of triggering them. According to him, if he is discharged, NUS would not accept him, so what can he do, except do his best to put up with the bullying? Read the full story

A disenfranchised Singaporean PhD holder speaks out

A disenfranchised Singaporean PhD holder speaks out

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A note from a disenfranchised Singaporean PhD holder after reading the recent news about research and PhD holders in Singapore.

Local PhD holders are having it worse?

I am refuting the first paragraph of this ST article – “Dr Hoh Chung Shih could have easily walked into a teaching or research position at a university” – as bull.

(Editor’s note: A snippet of this ST news originally appeared on New Nation on Sept. 7 but was subsequently lost as our site was compromised by hackers. But now it is back up again on Sept. 21 for posterity.)

This statement is entirely dubious. Unless you know the head personally or are super duper top of your field type, you can never “walk into a position” at a university.

And why would that be so? One reason is because the position a PhD holder wants to “walk into” is already saturated with foreigners anyway.

Basically, the user-generated comments attached to the original online ST article are more of the real thing than the happy conditions portrayed within the article by ST. There is one comment about the average researcher who won’t survive, which I find to be very true.

And there are many reasons for this not just because of the influx of foreigners.

But basically, I have heard of and known so many Singaporean PhD holders who decided to stay overseas and not come back. In that sense, that’s brain drain, but of course, Singapore has the money to buy in foreigners who are better, right?

The world scrambles at the millions offered up to foreigners to come set up their lab here, so basically, we Singaporean PhD holders are made to compete with the rest of the world here in our home country.

Look, I’ve always wanted to be a scientist since young, but the circumstances around me forced me to reconsider my future. And this isn’t about feeling a sense of entitlement just because we Singaporeans have a place just because we are in Singapore.

No.

The root of the problem still lies with the people who fund research and their expectations of research.

As it is, many Singaporean PhD holders in my workplace are feeling disillusioned, unappreciated and unmotivated. I think that the root cause for this is the government’s attitude and approach towards research.

They want tangible profits fast. In other words, research is akin to running a profit-making entity. Basic research without commercial value are shut down or dismissed as useless and funds are directed towards so-called “science with commercial value”.

This is unrealistic because this is not how research works.

(Editor’s note: This is true. Viagra, that happy blue pill that is making a lot of money, was never intentional. It happened as a by-product while researching for something else altogether.)

Underlying this is the discrimination of Singaporean locals. Somehow, foriegners are deemed more ‘talented’ than locals. I have so many examples of how foreigners are promoted in favour of locals, how difficult it is to find employment after an overseas post-doc, foreigners holding top positions, so on and on.

What Singapore really needs is to switch paradigms and focus on developing the local PhDs. But sadly, I don’t think we will see this in my generation.

This note was published on the condition of anonymity.

Singapore residential property snapped up by mainland Chinese buyers

Singapore residential property snapped up by mainland Chinese buyers

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Mainland Chinese made up 7.6 percent of total sales in Singapore in a three-month period this year.

The latest figures released shows that mainland Chinese buyers formed the biggest group of foreigners to purchase property in Singapore.

In the second quarter of this year between April and June, Chinese buyers bought 640 properties, which is 100 more units compared to the previous quarter.

This amounted to 26 percent of all purchases made by foreigners, or 7.6 percent of total property sales in Singapore in three months.

The mainland Chinese are attracted to property here as the market is less voilatile.

A majority of them would buy more than one unit: A three to four-room apartment to live in and perhaps another one or two- room apartment for investment purposes.

However, the overall picture shows that foreigners in general are driving up the demand for high-end residential properties locally.

Foreign buyers purchased 43 percent of all properties that were sold for S$1.5 million or more.

In comparison, Singaporeans are entering into the lower end of the property market: They bought 75 percent of all properties that cost S$500,000 or less in the same period.

Read the original article here.

Singapore migrants buying insurance

Singapore migrants buying insurance

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