That is total nonsense. There are more than enough foreign workers in Singapore. 1 in 3 people in Singapore is a foreigner and you can’t get workers? As they say in the finance sector; it’s not a matter of whether you can buy or sell, it’s a matter of whether you can buy or sell at the price you want!
Singapore employers don’t want just foreign workers; they want cheap foreign workers! They want foreign workers who are willing to work for long hours and low wages. I can understand that because that’s what foreign workers are here for; to suppress wages. It’s not unusual for foreign workers to earn just $4-$5 an hour but times are changing.
Things have been pushed too far. Foreign workers now no longer want to come to Singapore and almost all of them would rather go to Taiwan, Hongkong or even Malaysia! A few weeks ago, the Strait Times newspaper even ran a story on a Chinese national named Zhang Mingpu. The 23 year-old is returning to China after working for a stint in Singapore and he said that he will not be returning. Mr. Zhang said that he could get a pay similar to what he is getting in Singapore when working in China so he would be working in China from now on.
He was talking about China!
You know wages are a problem here when wages in Singapore is only on par with wages from China! I think that was why Members of Parliament (MP) from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) recently said that Singapore may need to go “cold-turkey” on foreign workers and asked if immigrants create jobs.
They have finally realized that wages are truly too low here in Singapore and even though they will not say it in public, they understand that wages in Singapore need to increase. Since the PAP have always refused to impose a minimum wage (and they would lose too much face if they reverse the policy publicly), slowing down the number of cheap foreign workers is the only way to go.