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.
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.
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.
Editor’s Note: Watch out for our next year forum on tripartism.