Now people know I’m no fan of Singapore’s immigration policy and yesterday on an episode of Get Real, it showed us a prime reason of why. Now with foreign workers and PRs flooding Singapore, this may come as a shock to some people but there are some foreigners who are unable to get PR status.
The episode of Get Real showed 3 cases of foreign brides of Singaporeans who were unable to get PR status despite numerous applications and appeals from their husbands. The most heartbreaking case is an old woman who had been married to a Singaporean for 30 years but still unable to get PR status. Worse is that her husband died last year and as the old woman does not have PR, she is going to be deported back to Malaysia.
Now Get Real hinted around the reason why PR was not given to the women but everyone in Singapore knows the reason. The women and their husbands are not rich! It’s that simple. A simple case of the rich-poor divide in Singapore.
Now we have all heard stories of rich foreigners who buy a house in Singapore, get PR, and then disappear from our island for months. Here we have a woman who had stayed in Singapore for 30 years but still unable to get PR status. Why is that the case if not for money?
There was a law professor who came on the show and defended Singapore’s immigration policy, saying that some cases may be due to the Singapore government tightening the immigration policy as in the past 1-2 years ordinary Singaporeans had been against the number of foreigners in Singapore. What total nonsense!
Take the case of the old woman in point. She had been in Singapore for 30 years; the government has tighten policy for the past what…6-9 months? What happened to the rest of the time, a period of over 29 years?
Answer: She was never rich. In Singapore, that’s the most important thing. Far more important than a 30 residency in Singapore, doing National Service for the country, or having Singaporean husbands and children. In Singapore, money talks.