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We have sent out this questionaire regarding the effect of foreign influx on the population to several Singaporeans.
Lynn has graciously responded to the questionaire and we published her reply below.
Transitioning: Can you please first state your educational qualifications, salary range, age, marital status and work experience?
Lynn: BSc Banking & Finance. 31 years old. Single. Sustainability Entrepreneur.
Transitioning: What is your view on the recent foreign influx in Singapore?
Lynn: Depends on nationality and skills-set/work experiences.
Blue collar types: mixed feelings. There are many positions they fill that Singaporeans are unwilling/unable to occupy due to a mix of educational level, cost of living and cultural sentiments.
White collar types: yes, they are needed (80% agreeable). There is a huge need for innovation and risk taking in our business economy – the world is changing and Singapore is dangerously outdated with her old ways.
Transitioning: How has it affects you personally?
Lynn: I’ve never been in favor of the methods Singapore has adopted in the working world. It’s too cut-throat be it between business associates or amongst employer-employee, colleagues… and thus the work relationship seldom goes beyond the short term.
The result is an economy too capitalistic and thus unsustainable.
As for the influx, I’ve mixed feelings. Excited to see what innovation this will bring about and how Singaporeans start getting influenced by foreign culture, yet wonder how long is the rather uncomfortable transitional period going to be?
Transitioning: Do you think that the government has let in too many foreigners within a short period? How many foreigners do you think should be let in? Please elaborate.
Lynn: Time and ease of social/cultural integration is up by the people.
Whatever number the government lets in will surely encounter displeasure and I doubt the government gives two hoots about what we’re concerned with for many reasons. One is possibly the knowledge that we will need to get used to it someday anyway. Overall, I see the outcome as beneficial. For if not now, then when?
We have stayed stagnant too long. We say we want change but really, we’re the ones not ready.
Transitioning: How do you think the government can resolve the current foreign influx situation?
Lynn: I view (but its’ subjective) us Singaporeans as rather whiny yet resistant to innovation.
Think about it, whoever is willing to listen to us and want to exact changes for us within the governmental hierarchy is facing a pool of resistance. Most will get weary. and quit the fight.
Transitioning: Many people have commented that there is a lack of transparency on the foreign intake policy? Do you agree? What should the government do then?
Lynn: Hello, there is a lack of transparency in every of our policy. Since when did any of our opinions matter during implementation?
Human rights are not a favored concept. Singaporeans have virtually no say in matters as such when compared to other countries.
But are we ready to make our own decisions? Look at the road traffic and people on trains, the mess we are. If we can’t spare a thought for our neighbors, we can’t decide on what’s best for the majority of us.
Advice: It’s transitional time, just get used to it, work with what is within your control and things will naturally feel better, quicker.
Transitioning: Our government has mentioned that because of our low birth rate, they have to import foeigners to solve the problem. Do you agree with this policy? Why so?
Lynn: It just sounds nice. The government actually means there are not enough talents and types of people they want/need.
Who’s to blame? It’s a chicken and egg story. We’re cultivated a certain way and for the past decades, considered the ‘right’ way. Now times are different. It’ll be interesting to see those previously thought as ‘outcasts’ doing shockingly positive things for society.
Transitioning: Do you think the the current xenopobic sentiments are unfair to the foreigners and dangerous for social harmony? Please elaborate.
Lynn: More importantly Singaporeans must remember that the media is but a mirage of what makes buzzworthiness, what stirs sentiments… That of which is new. How often do any media site publish what is known to be agreed by the majority? That will be dated info.
If we don’t start getting discerning, I believe racial harmony is going to be a far-fetched ideology. As if what has been happening in the west for the past 100 over years is not enough for us to learn.
Keep an open mind when reading anything. Don’t get sucked into a situation and be in a sense, easily influenced.
Transitioning: There are also very few avenues for the locals and foreigners to intreact and integration programmes are mainly conjured by the government. Do you think that this is sufficient? Can you suggest some other social integration programmes?
Lynn: Point is we are too biased and whatever the government does, Singaporeans will resist participation. The majority at least.
There needs to be more local independent initiatives.
Transitioning: Lastly, do you think that Singapore really needs so many foreigners in order to survive? Do you think that the whole economy will collapse without them?
Lynn: The foreigners come here for greener pastures, so their heart is here, in a way. If Singaporeans start believing that they are on the greener pasture as well (think Japan) then maybe foreigners are not that needed.
End of interview and thank you.