With a general election (GE) coming up, the Strait Times has been busy for the past few weeks putting out good news for public consumption. One of the latest today is the slowing down of permanent residency (PR) being granted to foreigners.
This is in line with what Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last year in that the Singapore government would limit the number of foreigners entering Singapore this year to 80,000. As I had said before, foreign immigration is one of the most contentious issues in Singapore today and the issue is one of the reasons why the opposition is widely expected to gain some seats in the GE. So it’s not surprising that the Strait Times is helping the Singapore government on this issue.
Don’t bother because it’s too late for that. From 2007, about 150,000 foreign workers have entered Singapore each year and public complains about the issue had been ignored for years. A GE is coming up and suddenly the government cares? Sorry but no one will be fooled by this.