Not for the first time, the Singapore government see the forest but missed the trees. The main problem Singaporeans have with foreigners is the fact that the jobs of Singaporeans ARE being affected by the number of foreigners in Singapore. Singapore has one of highest rate of foreign influx per capita in the world and its an open secret that Singaporeans above the age of 40 are being squeezed out of the labor market by the influx of cheap young foreign labor.
And what’s all this talk about "balance"? Since when has there ever been "balance" in Singapore's foreign influx policy? 1 in 4 people in Singapore is a foreigner (some say 1 in 3) so it’s a little late for the government to speak about “balance” now.
The speech by Mr. Ng was nice but all it did was once again emphasis the fact that the Singapore government just does not understand the reason behind why Singaporeans are now so against foreigners! Now I find that worrying.