National Day: majulah foreign talent?
Do you sometimes feel as if you are living in a Chinese province in Singapore? With the flood of PRC people everywhere I also feel the same way.
Sumiko Tan of the Sunday Times wrote an article about her experience in Geylang. She was surprised by the overwhelming presence of PRC people there. In fact, Geylang is more Chiinatown than the Chinatown downtown.
Are these PRC people in Geylang you see in the stores, restaurants and eateries just employees or the owners? My instinct tells me they own the businesses, and that is troubling. I have heard accounts of PRC people competing with locals even in the collection of cardboards which poorer Singapore senior citizens do to make ends meet.
This reminds me of the crows in Sri Lanka. I noticed crows everywhere there, from the beaches to the highlands. In their tens of thousands, they rule the skies so smaller birds have been muscled out and are rarely seen.
Apart from food, the chief attraction of Geylang is the street walkers and brothels.. Its “fame” has spread to Johor Bahru and Batam. Customers have a buffet of choices from PRC, Thai, Indian to Vietnamese chicks.
The authorities seem to have lost control of Geylang. After 11 pm, another sort of life takes over the back lanes and lorong.
All this is happening in squeaky clean Singapore? Yes, and the foreign media have long wondered at the oddity.
Having unleashed a flood of foreigners or foreign talent, the PAP government failed to monitor them so they have run wild all over the place.
In the words of Temasek Review Emeritus, the leading social-political
blog in Singapore:” In an interview with National Geographic magazine in December 2009, PAP supreme leader Lee Kuan Yew proclaimed that it is a good thing that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants from mainland China as they are harder-driving and harder-striving than Singaporeans.”
In his speech at the swearing-in ceremony of new MPs, PM Lee said,”…we will address the issues preoccupying Singaporeans, such as healthcare, housing and immigration. We will review both the policies and their implementation, as well as our broader approach to tackling these issues.”
Perhaps Prime Minister Lee could go undercover and see the real situation for himself at ground level and not from an ivory tower.
A PRC store: instead of the term “Cashier” you see the Chinese words “shou yin tai”. Welcome to Chinapore!
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