Yesterday while I was watching the news, I read that Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong wanted more Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) to take up Singapore citizenships. SM Goh got a lot of work in front of him.
Seriously, nowadays who is their right mind would prefer to be a full Singapore citizen when he could be a PR? As a PR, you can have almost the same benefits as a Singaporean while having the option of dropping the PR at a moment notice. We had seen a lot of foreigners who came to Singapore, get the PR, make their money for a few years, then drop their PR status and go back to their home country.
I mean there isn’t that much of a difference between full Singapore citizenships and PRs at the moment. In fact, there are some people (including some PRs) who believe it is more advantageous to being a PR than a Singaporean.
I do not know if this was an off-the-cuff remark or if he was serious, but if the SM is serious; I love to see how the government intends to convince PRs to become Singapore citizens.