In this online interview article, we featured Mr Wei Chan – a successful F & B entrepreneur, who responded to our questionaire regarding the thorny issue of the foreign influx situation in Singapore.
Transitioning: Can you please first state your educational qualifications, salary range, age, marital status and work experience?
Mr Wei: Degree, 40 years old, single and entrepreneur.
Transitioning: What is your view on the recent foreign influx in Singapore?
- Singapore is without natural resources and human is our key ingredient of success
- Our birthrate is at lowest and thus foreign influx is a must.
- Question lies with who and how many. Suggest more of lower wage foreign labor.
Transitioning: How has it affects you personally?
Mr Wei: It’s either we survive domestically or lose out internationally or vice versa. We will just have to make do and go around.
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.
- Foreign workers are needed for growth and should be let in so that Singaporeans can move up the ladder.
- Foreign talents should be kept at a margin
- Numbers not up to me to comment.
Transitioning: How do you think the government can resolve the current foreign influx situation?
- Increase priorities to Singaporeans
- Improve infrastructure
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?
- Yes. Be open and transparent.
- Be transparent with what they do with the levies taken in
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?
Mr Wei: Of course. Who else will clean the roads and be maids?
Transitioning: Do you think the the current xenopobic sentiments are unfair to the foreigners and dangerous for social harmony? Please elaborate.
Mr Wei: Confirm. They are without facts and blindly targeting. Even china is facing manpower situation and soon when they don’t even come to Singapore, are Singaporeans ready to be bus drivers, road cleaners and bakers with 6 days work?
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?
Mr Wei: Depending on which sectors. In the lower sectors, they are already interacting in their own capacity. The truth of the matter is that Singaporeans have moved up the ladder and thus this gap. You will less see Singaporeans hanging around with the Thais at Golden Mile not because we despise them but we have moved on to social network at higher level.
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?
Mr Wei: Of course. I reiterate on the fact that who will clean the road, wipe the windows, build the HDBs at low price, be maids etc.
In Australia with AUD 22 per hour rate, how do businesses survive and who would want to come into the country to open up businesses? In no time, it will be a dead town. For Australia, they still can bang on natural resources when Singapore can’t
End of interview and thank you.