Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Unwinnable Argument

Yesterday we had another paper from the Singapore government to defend the massive number of foreigners working in Singapore. A paper from the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) said that Singapore need an inflow of 25,000 to keep our working population stable.

NPTD report that if Singapore maintain  the current fertility rate, there would be a population decline of almost 750,000 citizens by 2060. They also point out that Singaporean deaths are projected to outstrip Singaporean births by 2025, leading to a significant decline in our citizen population due to the current low fertility rates. Thus the need to maintain an inflow of foreign workers.

The problem for them...that was not what the Singapore government did! In 2008, there were 100,000 new foreign workers in Singapore. 4 times higher than the 25,000 stated in the NPTD report. There are more than 1 million non citizens working in Singapore currently. 25,000 per year is a drop in the bucket compare to 1,000,000.

Look, the simple fact of the matter is that the large foreign influx of the last 10 years is just too big to be "just" for replacing foreign workers. My message to the Singapore government; don't even bother using this argument to jusify the number of foreigners in Singapore. This is an argument the Singapore government is NOT going to win.


Anonymous said...

Isn't the 25k meant for new citizens ie. singaporean?
So is separate from the hundred thousands/millions of FTs/PRs that are here, i believe.

Ghost said...

New citizens mean just that. Of all the FW/PR here, they need 25,000 of them to take Singapore citizenship. Of course if that's what they mean, you have to wonder why thay accepted 100,000 in 2008 alone.

Anonymous said...

What can one expect from a department from the PMO office, its no better than the Elections Department. What Singapore needs is independent institutions to uphold justice for the people. Honestly if any politician claims that everything is fair than he is the biggest lier and crook ever born