As I had said on several occasions, the issue of foreign workers in Singapore is a sensitive issue in Singapore. Knowing that, and with an election coming, it's no surprise that the Singapore government tried to spin numbers to their advantage. In their latest bid to pacify Singaporeans, the Singapore government released info that the population increased at its slowest pace in six years.
However I’m not so sure how “assured” Singaporeans will be by the data. According to the data released, Singapore’s population crossed five million this year and more importantly, over a third of the total population are foreigners. In a country of just over 5 million people, only 3.77 million are Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs).
That’s 3.77 million Singaporeans and PRs (who are basically foreigners also) to 1.23 foreigners. A few years ago, there were like 5-7 Singaporeans for every foreigner in Singapore. About 2 years ago, I read that there were 4 Singaporeans for every foreigner. Now the rate of Singaporeans to foreigners is below 4 to 1. At the rate we are going, it will soon be 3 to 1 as the rise in the number of foreigners continued to outpace that of Singaporeans.
In short, these are numbers most Singaporeans will not be happy about.