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Tuesday January 23rd 2018

Feedback on the 6-million population forum on 29 Dec: “Bring in quality foreigners and not to focus on certain nationalites.”

Hi Gilbert,
I  attended your forum on 6 million  population yesterday.
It was well organized and very fruitful. I must congratulate you on this successful forum.
However, I have heard from one of the speakers how Filipinos are good at service industry whereas Singaporeans are not and want to offer my opinion on this.
News have reported that Singaporeans are the world’s ¬†most emotionless people whereas Filipinos are the other opposite.
I think our culture is one that expects conformism and obedience – typical of any East Asian country.
Filipinos on the other hand care alot for each other, will likely help their own people such as bringing them here and securing jobs for themselves  hence putting them in conflict with the  locals.
I would not be surprised if Filipinos would be the next group to go on strike/protect should they see themselves being shortchanged here.
One scenario would be when a group of Filipinos are  ask to leave to make way  for locals in the next recession.
I personally think we should not let in foreigners with alien culture in large numbers and those would include Filipinos and Myanmarese (Burmese).
We risk social conflict with them  due to cultural differences and formation of enclaves.
If we have to let in more foreigners  after the number of low-skilled foreigner workers are reduced, I would propose we do an online feedback or another forum to discuss on the preferred nationality of foreigners we like to have in our country.
I have feedback to REACH on this and was invited to the National Conversation with DPM Teo, but so far¬†I haven’t hear anything¬†from them ¬†yet.
Perhaps you can do an article on this preferred and most compatible nationality of foreigners for us?
Malaysian and Indonesian Chinese would seem ideal followed by PRC and Indians then followed by our colonial masters the British and Japanese.
Cultural similarities, proximity, economic benefits, their numbers should all be considered. Nationality enclaves that are already forming can be addressed here as well.
Thank you again  for your efforts on this forum.
Hi Gilbert,
No problem and I’m glad I could be there.My feedback is mostly positive – it was awesome to see such a diverse collection of people attend and speak so openly about their views.
I know you said your organisation is ‘not political’ but I still think it serves a great purpose in our political discourse. My only suggestion is to consider getting a bigger room, if going by yesterday’s packed room is any indicator of the growing interest in these kinds of forums.

More varied speakers would be good to have, as I understand some of the speakers yesterday had spoken at these forums multiple times. It could be good to have some new perspectives – for example, I really enjoyed Corinna’s speech and thought she lent a unique angle towards the debate. And, more of these kinds of forums!

I intend on starting blog covering political events not just in Singapore, but internationally in the coming year. If you wouldn’t mind, I would like to cover this past event in one of my posts.

I will be in Singapore till the 5th of Feb, possibly longer. If you need any help with volunteering or just anything at all, I would love to help out. And if there are any upcoming events, please let me know.


Hi Gilbert,

I attended with two  friends, met up with some more later.

Here’s an amalgamation of our comments.

A turnout of 50 is actually quite bad but expected because most Singaporeans are just not interested in these issues months after/before a major election. Chalk it up to typical Singaporean apathy and political illiteracy.

On the point of poor turnout, we suggest you post the event’s notes and summary online. We were wondering if the weekend is simply the wrong day to attract crowds.

On the point of apathy and political and economic illiteracy, we suggest that in the future, visual aids be used just like how Corinna employed them. Also: more cross-country comparisons so your audience can tell whether the policy failure in Singapore is unique.



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3 Responses to “Feedback on the 6-million population forum on 29 Dec: “Bring in quality foreigners and not to focus on certain nationalites.””

  1. Anon says:

    PAP don’t care what race or nationality as long cheap and young (their mindset is younger = more productive). As long as continue to increase GDP and corporate profits by any means necessary.

    And in case anybody doesn’t know: govt civil service practices ageism and discrimination for at least 20 years already. Ask any senior mgmt in civil service what their CEP (Current Employee Potential) system *REALLY* means. If you are 35+, you must be currently holding a senior position AND you are applying for another senior position in civil service. IN ADDITION to having “good” academic degrees/local diplomas. Otherwise the govt will simply delete your job applications and you can forget about even hearing from them.

    In the first place S’pore govt should simply stop all additional new foreigners. Only for short-term replacement of certain essential workers such as nurses, public transport, construction, shipyard.

    No other developed countries open their legs as wide as S’pore to mass import foreigners. Do you see millions of cheenas, ahnehs, peenois, burmese, banglas etc etc being accepted into Australia, US, UK, Canada to operate their buses, hospitals, construction sites, harbours, F&B, customer service, office admin, etc??

    If S’pore is to rise up the value-chain and offer Sinkies a 1st-world middle-class life, then the bloody govt has to take the pain and take the lead to transform the entire S’pore labour landscape and salary structure. Otherwise we simply continue to live as 3rd-world people in a 1st-world hardware city, and getting more & more replaced by other 3rd-world younger & cheaper people.

  2. charmer says:

    It was truly a world class forum of thought leaders who had the fingers on the pulse of issues impacting Singapore’s sustainability. Corrina and Vincent are clearly the breed of leaders we need in Parliament to shape the future of Singapore. Their arguments and solutions were based on empirical research and sound rational on what’s good for Singapore.

    The young man who asked an innocent but profound question on what can he do to influence the country’s policies is clear a signal of a desire of the younger generation to take an active interest in shaping the future of this nation.

    My appeal to the young man and his generation is to come forward and use social media to give such forums a wider reach and invite more participation from young minds and hearts.

  3. sal says:

    You must vote the party that can come out with policies that help the citizens…

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