Haven’t spoken to you for quite some time. How are you?
For me, I have been working with my foreign colleagues for nearly two months. I have also lunched with them. It was blatantly obvious that they used Singapore as a money tree or stepping stone.
Almost all of them declared they don’t want to retire in Singapore and naturally many also hesitated converting themselves into citizens of Singapore. They admitted that Singapore is an expensive place to live.
In fact, one of my pregnant colleagues who is a permanent resident, went back to Malaysia for her medical checkup recently.
When I asked her why, she stated that healthcare in Malaysia is free as compared to Singapore.
She even hesitated to !llow her kid to be born and raised in Singapore. When I probed again, she stated “Singapore is the place where you work until you die”.
But with regard to finding a job, they consider Singapore to be a place with better employment opportunities compared to their own country.
Basically, they scrimped a lot when they are staying in Singapore so that they can buy property back in their homeland. $200, 000 is enough for them to buy a terrace house back home!
Even though they are underpaid and with my boss fluctuating mood, they tolerate it without letting it bother them too much.
On the other hand, I am also underpaid but considering I am also a Singaporean, things are different. My boss might find me expensive as compared to the foreigners and he may also harbour higher expectations from me.
Honestly, I don’t know whether I can work for long. Things still look bleak for me and I don’t know how to source out for better prospects.
Just hope things will turn out better.
Editor’s Note: The writer has a local degree but her pay is below $2000/month. Most of the jobs that she applied for previously are also in the salary range of $2000 – $2200 only due perhaps to her lack of work experience. She is the only local worker in her small SME of twelve staff.