Thanks for initiating the Event: Protest at Hong Lim on 16 Feb – Say NO to 6.9M population. I will try my best to be there.
I wish to share with you about how heartless the government is on population policies, just using my mom as an example.
We tried applying for Singapore Citizenship for my Mom who is currently a Malaysian. She has lived in Singapore for close to 40 years now.
My dad is a Singaporean and after marrying my mom, they lived in JB where they bore 3 kids, my brother, myself and my sister.
Three of us are Singaporeans (naturalized, thanks to my dad), so, it makes sense for us wishing for my mom to hold the same citizenship.
My family moved to Singapore when it was time for my brother to go to primary one.
Please read the below communication between the ICA and me.
If I had a chance to share this story, I will highlight how conveniently the PAP government denies citizenships to long-time PRs like my mom who have helped to contribute to nation-building for decades but opened the flood gates to foreigners who did not spend even a single hour towards nation-building.
Thanks, again, Gilbert.
Hope to get to meet you.
From: Mee Lin PANG-KOK [mailto:PANG-KOK_Mee_Lin@ica.gov.sg]
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Cc: ICA Feedback; ICA ESC HelpDesk
Subject: Re: Fw: Your ref: ROC/XXXXXX/2010
Please refer to your email dated 12 Apr 2011.
2 We regret to inform you that we do not reveal the reasons for the outcome of the application. All applications are considered on their own merits and would have been processed carefully before a decision is made. Nonetheless, your Mom may continue to stay here as a Singapore Permanent Resident.
3 However, we have forwarded your appeal to reconsider our decision to grant your Mom her Singapore Citizenship to the relevant officers for their attention. We will reply to you in due course. Thank you.
Mrs Pang-Kok Mee Lin, Supervisor II, Citizen Services Centre, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
DID: (65) 6391 6324, Fax: (65) 6293 4280
cc, ICA ESC HelpDesk Attn: Miss Siti
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15/04/2011 11:19 AM Classification:Security
Re: Your ref: ROC/APP/XXXXXX/2010
Thank you for your email of 12 Apr 2011.
2 The matter is receiving our attention. Your email has been forwarded to the relevant officer who will reply to you in due course.
Ong Nyuk Lan (Mrs)
Customer Relations Branch
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
12/04/2011 07:51 PM To
Your ref: ROC/APP/XXXXXXXX/2010
Dear Ms Tan,
It has been almost 8 months now, since we received the letter from your office dated August 13, 2010, notifying us of the unsuccessful application for my mother’s Singapore Citizenship.
My immediate family members were shocked, disappointed and deeply saddened because there was no explanation given at all for rejecting Mom’s application.
We asked ourselves repeatedly these questions:
1. Was Mom rejected just because she is no longer able to contribute economically to Singapore?
2. Was it because Mom is way past the age to produce more babies for Singapore?
3. Was it because Mom took too long to take on Singapore Citizenship?
4. Is the government trying to avoid allocating benefits to Mom by denying her Singapore Citizenship?
Mom married my dad, who volunteered and served faithfully through the ranks until he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Singapore Army.
Together, they produced my brother, who served the National Service and today, he holds a respectable job in a bank as a dutiful Singapore Citizen.
My sister graduated with a law degree and after numerous years of practicing as a lawyer, she is today a proud mother of three kids who are all Singapore citizens.
I went on to graduate from the National University of Singapore and till today, continue to boast about the efficiencies and excellence of the Singapore government to all my business contacts globally during my business trips.
Without my Mom, all of us would not have been here today. Mom had the burden of helping to look after our grandparents who were domiciled in Malaysia. After they had passed on, we urged her to take on Singapore Citizenship so that we in turn, could fulfill our duties as children to take care of her in Singapore.
Our dreams and hopes have been shattered now. On top of the deep shock and sadness, my family could not help but to feel a great sense of humiliation the way we have been treated in Singapore.
We do not know how to explain to Mom’s grandkids the reason for Grandma holding a different passport from the rest of us whenever we traveled internationally. My 6-year old niece asked “Did grandma do anything wrong, that’s why the Singapore government refused to give her a Singapore passport?”
Thus, we request you to kindly explain the reasons for rejecting Mom’s application for Singapore Citizenship since it is a question that the next generation and our surrounding family members and friends have requested for an answer.
We humbly appeal to you to reconsider your decision to grant Mom her Singapore Citizenship.
Please give my family a chance to boast to the world that the government of Singapore does not make decisions purely based on pragmatism, but it has a heart too, and it considers the long-term welfare and happiness of all its citizens.
We thank you in advance for your kind attention on this matter, that has tormented my family for the past 8 months.