I don’t know whether this is considered as counselling but I am lost, and I need some opinions and advice.
I was on the train reading and was literally crying because they really hit home.
I recently just emailed one of the ministers on how suffocating it is to live in Singapore due to foreign “talents”. Of course, no reply from him.
My previous job was in the government sector, but I decided to take the plunge to leave for a job with more than half pay-cut because I just couldn’t stand any longer being in the Chinese-speaking environment.
I just don’t get it.
They excluded me from most activities because I’m a Malay. Even in meetings, they converse in Mandarin.
Please don’t get me wrong, my best friend is a Chinese, but sometimes, enough is enough. Right now, I’m working under a Pinoy, who’s not so bright actually.
That being said, I have always wanted to migrate to Australia. I studied there but I came back to Singapore in 2010 because my mom passed away, and I met someone here.
It’s been the worst 2.8 years of my life (being unemployed for 1+ years because I don’t have a local degree etc, etc).
My boyfriend, on the other hand, has been unemployed for almost 3 years (despite having a diploma), and he just got a job two weeks ago with a low pay.
I keep wanting to get out of this country, as fast as I can, away from all these nonsense that this country is throwing at me but I don’t know whether I will be making the right choice to move.
I don’t know what’s in store for me, or for my boyfriend.
Both of us do not have skills that are on the SOL list.
We are both equally confused and skeptical, but I swear I can puke blood if I am stuck in this country any longer.
Many, many thanks,
Thanks for your mail and sorry to hear about your experience on racial discrimination in Singapore as someone from the minorities races.
It has being happening for the past few decades and so far our government has tried to put things right.
I dont blame you for wanting to flee the country in view of the subtle discrimination faced at your work place. Any sane person will do the same.
Frankly speaking, many Chinese Singaporeans have also indicated their interest to emigrate due to the huge influx of foreigners into our country snatching away jobs and our space.
If you decide to stay put, do consider contributing to the nation rebuilding process by being active politically or socially.
This way, you are becoming a change agent than merely surrendering to the current situation.
On another note, I want to post your mail on my blog so that others will know how our minorities races feel.
Is this ok with you?
I will leave out your name to protect your identity.
I am now in Sydney actually but will return this month end.
My family is based here.
Are you keen to catch up sometimes next month when I am back in Singapore?
Stay strong and positive.