Indian writer alleges racism in S’pore in light of MOM curtailing EP applications of Indian FT

Recently, when all the Indian-based software companies in Singapore have received communication on fair consideration, with MOM curtailing their EP applications, Indian nationals have been crying foul.

MOM stopped issuing EPs to these companies when it was found that they have a disproportionate number of Indian nationals working inside. Many locals were discriminated in their hiring.

Ananya Bhattacharya, wrote on Quartz India, alleging racism in Singapore for shutting the door on Indian techies.

She wrote:

“Of course, it’s not just Singapore that’s shutting the door on Indian techies, Sabharwal says. The UK, Canada, and the US—the three countries that account for the majority of India’s software export revenue—all have made it harder for Indians to migrate to each of those locations.”

“Each of these places poses a unique problem beyond the legal woes: For instance, a resurgence of white supremacist organisations nationwide and xenophobic political rhetoric have fueled hate crimes in the US. While such acts of violence are unheard of in Singapore, an unwelcoming sentiment toward Indians has been pervading the Asian country too.”

“The city-state—where nearly 10% of the citizens are of Indian heritage and Tamil is an official language—has seen discrimination against prospective home renters of Indian-origin. Inter-racial couples are subject to constant scrutiny and Singaporean students of Indian descent have complained of being victims of racism.”

So, according to the writer, a country becomes “racist” when it puts its citizens first? What weed is she smoking?

 

* Republished from the FB page ‘We want Minister Grace Fu to resign‘.

 

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36 Responses to “Indian writer alleges racism in S’pore in light of MOM curtailing EP applications of Indian FT”

  • WTF to double standards:

    India should also open its’ door and let in millions of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnamese and Thailand people otherwise it’s also racist.

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  • Python 5:

    India’s software export

    what exactly is India’s software???
    list them for me please.

    I know Microsoft Office is American, and SAP is German.

    what exactly is India’s software???

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  • Greedy Opportunists:

    Talking cock, why should foreign workers that took away local jobs be welcomed?
    Businesses which love to exploit cheap workers should go to India instead.

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  • Singaporean:

    Its called CRAP……

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  • The most racist country:

    I once asked my Indian contractor if a non-Indian like me will be accepted in India and find work easily over there. He told me quite frankly they will never accept me. I have since been to India and experienced from first hand how they treat foreigners. The Indians discriminate against their own for being in a different caste, how can we expect them to treat non-Indians differently?

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  • Time to change:

    Time to ensure that companies here do not have too many FTs in their company.Should ensure that it should not exceed 30% of management and PMETs staff.
    Only then will companies give serious consideration to training and upgrading of local staff.

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  • Get real:

    Find out the facts n figures first .
    If indeed they are discriminated upon u shd seek to find the cause..
    Its for us to know and for you to find out,mr india writer.

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  • Nwech:

    Singapore’s open door policy is a piece of cake for everyone to grasp,

    And,the Indian has taken the overwhelming potion of it.

    Indian’s ration in Our population has increased by at least 2 to 3 % Since the implementation of the open foor policy and yet the Indian still cry foul?

    Or,to eradicate the tag of racial discrimination,We will have to Let the Indian completely taking over Singapore?

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  • Python 5:

    Greedy Opportunists:
    Talking cock, why should foreign workers that took away local jobs be welcomed?
    Businesses which love to exploit cheap workers should go to India instead.

    right. those retail businesses in the red, why don’t move your business to india and philippines???

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  • HaHa The Clown:

    These foreign Indians are the biggest racial bigots in the world. You employ one Indian. He will get rid of all the other workers and bring in his whole village to take their place.

    Indian talents? My ar*e! They are a bunch of fraudsters with fake degrees and diplomas bought off the streets for 10 rupees a piece. There was even an Indian girl who got a job with a Spore-govt agency, Info Dev Agency with cooked-up CV and MBA bought from a known degree-mill. What an embarrassment to our Minister Yaacob after she was unmasked. I am sure Modi and his gang of bandits are very proud of his countrymen who are nothing more than cheats and fraudsters. Really a fourth-rate country, fking India!

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  • SillyMe:

    “I know Microsoft Office is American, and SAP is German.
    what exactly is India’s software???”

    Now you will notice that Singaporeans are minorities when you walk into the offices of these major foreign non-Indian tech firms. Not just the front-line stuff, but even the back end ops people including HR and Finance. HP (the hardware arm) is a very good example. Singaporeans (who used to be majority in HP’s office) are slowly “phased out” (either retrenched or retired), backfilled by Indians (and also Pinoys) from HP’s sub-offices. The funny thing is none of these markets (India and the Philippines) are among HP’s top sales markets in Asia.

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  • Lol:

    He claimed that sinkapoor is a racist country why his country men still pouring in?

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  • rukidding:

    You can tell from their physical actions what kind of character these India, Indians are by looking at their head !

    Mouth says YES,…Head shows NO ???

    These “clowns” will take need many more years than China to become a “Great Power” !

    Snakes ! Snakes ! snakes !

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  • No One Owes You A living:

    What is this entitlement mentality? You mean all countries should roll out the red carpet for India nationals? And who says Indian companies aren’t racist? They only hire their own kind right?

    And why doesn’t the writer question why their own govt are not able to create jobs at home, resulting in an exodus of Indians seeking employment in other countries.

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  • Cannot Blame Singaporeans!:

    Too many FTs and their families have ‘invaded’ Singapore.

    They crowd our buses, mrt, hawker centres, food courts, our limited open space like parks and beaches.

    As a result, our water, gas, electricity, transport fares and food price have spiralled.

    Many Singsporeans have nowhere to go on weekends too, so they venture into JB!

    Enough, please don’t come anymore!

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Indian IT workers have abused US H-1B visa. See link below.

    http://www.investopedia.com/news/h1b-visa-issue-explained-msft-goog/

    Same thing happened in Singapore when pro-alien PAP gave Singapore IT jobs to Indians at the expense of Singaporeans.

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  • SG_INDIAN:

    Your country is full of discrimmination….WHERE HIGH CASTER DISCRIMMINATER,,,THERI OWN NATIONALITY…CALLING THEM “LOW CASTE”…….

    THEY CANNOT GO INSIDE TEMPLES OF HIGH CASTE….
    THEY CANNOT DRAW WATER FOM WELLS OF HIGH-CASTE
    IF YOU MARRY HIGH-CASTE GIRLS….YOU WILL TARGETTED BY THEIR “HIT SQUAD”
    AND KILLED…..

    STOP_WHINING…..IT IS CALLED SUPPLY AND DEMAND….WE HAVE OUR OWN POOL OF TALENT….THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE….ALL THESE YEARS…..IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO FARK OUT….AND PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR ON YOUR WAY OUT

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Why is Ananya Bhattacharya, who wrote on Quartz India, complaining about our country putting its citizens first? It makes no sense. Even the morons who support PAP understand that our country and our people comes first.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    Vely no shame. As if the world owe her country a living. A country that continuously over populate themselves with their instoppable high libido drive but unable to feed themselves.

    Want to dump their 2 legged kind products to overseas and expect other people to accept their dumping, don’t say.

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  • Conscience:

    Half the country are foreigners, Indians forming one of the largest and of which many are foreigners and we have a foreigner complaining.

    If you are not happy, you can ask your comrades to move back to India, this is a democractic country, you are free to choose.

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  • Kai si hor fun:

    Singapore doesn’t have enough resources and the best one it has is human capital because we take in the best from the region and beyond. So this Indian is right to complain.We cannot afford to alienate genuinely talented foreigners. Our neighbours can afford to put their people first because they have a lot of resources including great depth in talent but not us though. As it is China is unhappy with us so the last thing we need is India alienating us too. Our government tries to put locals first whenever they can but sometimes they just can’t.Narrow minded Opposition supporters will never understand this.

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  • Singaporean:

    MOM should target the banks……Once they get an Indian Kepala Angin, the whole place become gila with Indians.
    Our Banks are full of Indians…. about time we do something about that….

    We unfortunately have Indians as Dep P M …Head of MA …. assistant also Indian….. many in MA are Indians…. DBS head also Indian……

    All these go to their heads……

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  • LIONS:

    True SINGAPORE IS NOW A RACIST CITY but sgs are not.
    In fact,sgs are being discriminated by their OWN GAHMEN via their daft FT POLICY as well by employers who abuse labour instead?

    First in yhe world to see citizens being discriminated in their own country n it has to be in SG n propagated by the elected gahmen.LOL!!!

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  • Everytime:

    Everytime I see Indian or Pinoy seating besides me, I stand up and walk away.
    Lets do it Singaporeans.
    Stay UNITED.

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  • Change We Must:

    Banks in Singapore are the big culprits. Walk to their IT department and instantly Singaporeans become the minority. Go to Changi or Alexandra Business Parks, the smoking points are full of these people hanging there talking and laze around. Because the managers in charge of them are also one of their kind. So how can our government improve our productivity having all these 3rd world with no basic idea of productivity.

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  • Don't spread racism:

    Singapore is autocratic state and not democracy. United States and India are strategic partners in promoting technology, anti terrorism and talent development. They are the world’s largest and 2nd largest democracy. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi has cordial relationship.
    Singapore should strongly control and condemn any racist, xenophobic bigotry from ill informed population.
    Singapore and India has long standing bilateral free trade agreement and Singapore government and private companies has economic interests in the range of billions of dollars in vast Indian economy and Singaporean individuals work without having to go through tough labor law in India. Please respect international agreements or the consequences to Singapore economy will be tough to handle. Singapore government can’t play good cop bad cop liberal, right wing flip flops with Asian giant like India. Soon it will be brought to notice of Indian government and the economic consequence to Singapore wouldn’t be pleasant.
    ** Note to publishers: Stay away from spreading xenophobic and racist witch hunt messages like this article.

    Thanks,

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  • Old Moon:

    Remember George Yeo, the ex-foreign minister, who was promised the position of Chancellor of the historic Ananda University after he lost in Aljunied?
    He raised funds for the university and did lots of PR work for the university. In the end, Modi screwed him as Indians would not have a Chinese as chancellor in an Indian university! George Yeo “resigned”.

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  • Maybe..:

    Our Indian Rojak and Roti Prata taste better!

    Not forgetting our Muthu Curry and Curry Fish Head too!

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  • RDB:

    Hello! Everyone so far has forgotten about past tense’s Scrooge Stooge PM2 Goh Chok Tong who signed his CECA agreement with India for limitless influx of Indian IT & etc “professions” of limited experience not good enough us. And thus got many of our experienced and new university/polytechnic Singaporeans replaced by them to learn at our expense and lost. He & PM3 got away it it in an economy in the IT etc related sectors then.

    And so, the non-technical chap like past tense Lee Kuan Yew who was too, he even had the following gall to:

    1. In his GE 2011 campaigned with hie DPM2 Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, he crone of making Sg A KBE for KNOWLEDGE BASE ECONOMY. What happened to that.

    2. He promised by 2010 Swiss Standard of Living WITHOUT a year of reference and so it had meaning. What happened to that too?

    3. He also promised by 2010 World Cup but never mean to also? How & why?

    4. Because he said it to just get votes from dumb ass ordinary voters made daft by Lee Kuan Yew and prepared for him served on a silver platter for later his serving it to past tense arckia son L$L!

    5, Abd so he became a Goh Choke Tongs who thus had even a greater ego gall to route for LKYism PM3 L$L by telling voters to view PAP as the “Father” of them [email protected]!

    See what cocky daft they are dumb ass talk cock like there are no fellow Singaporeans who are wise & wiser than any of them even if they do have any remnants of Lee Kuan Yew type of Megalomania wisdom!

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  • Indians treated well:

    It’s not true that Indian nationals get third class treatment. The Indian imam who preached “Victory over Jews and christians!” was hugged by the Law Minister. Was Kong Hee hugged by the Law Minister?

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  • Barking dog:

    RDB:
    Hello! Everyone so far has forgotten about past tense’s Scrooge Stooge PM2 Goh Chok Tong who signed his CECA agreement with India for limitless influx of Indian IT & etc “professions” of limited experience not good enough us. And thus got many of our experienced and new university/polytechnic Singaporeans replaced by them to learn at our expense and lost. He & PM3 got away it it in an economy in the IT etc related sectors then.

    And so, the non-technical chap like past tense Lee Kuan Yew who was too, he even had the following gall to:

    1. In his GE 2011 campaigned with hie DPM2 Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, he crone of making Sg A KBE for KNOWLEDGE BASE ECONOMY. What happened to that.

    2. He promised by 2010 Swiss Standard of Living WITHOUT a year of reference and so it had meaning. What happened to that too?

    3. He also promised by 2010 World Cup but never mean to also? How & why?

    4. Because he said it to just get votes from dumb ass ordinary voters made daft by Lee Kuan Yew and prepared for him served on a silver platter for later his serving it to past tense arckia son L$L!

    5, Abd so he became a Goh Choke Tongs who thus had even a greater ego gall to route for LKYism PM3 L$L by telling voters to view PAP as the “Father” of them [email protected]!

    See what cocky daft they are dumb ass talk cock like there are no fellow Singaporeans who are wise & wiser than any of them even if they do have any remnants of Lee Kuan Yew type of Megalomania wisdom!

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  • Patriot:

    Massive unregulated immigration of foreign PMET resulting in local PMET high unemployment is epic PAP national tragedy.
    70% pls wake up now!

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Don't spread racism:
    Singapore is autocratic state and not democracy. United States and India are strategic partners in promoting technology, anti terrorism and talent development. They are the world’s largest and 2nd largest democracy. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi has cordial relationship.
    Singapore should strongly control and condemn any racist, xenophobic bigotry from ill informed population.
    Singapore and India has long standing bilateral free trade agreement and Singapore government and private companies has economic interests in the range of billions of dollars in vast Indian economy and Singaporean individuals work without having to go through tough labor law in India. Please respect international agreements or the consequences to Singapore economy will be tough to handle. Singapore government can’t play good cop bad cop liberal, right wing flip flops with Asian giant like India. Soon it will be brought to notice of Indian government and the economic consequence to Singapore wouldn’t be pleasant.
    ** Note to publishers: Stay away from spreading xenophobic and racist witch hunt messages like this article.

    Thanks,

    Agreements that ended up benefiting one party can hardly be called such. Our livelihoods are at stake here. When our own people are finding it hard to get jobs in face of heavy foreign competition, we either renegotiate the treaty or we end it. If the Mainland Indians cannot take our decision to renegotiate, which we did, then that is their problem.

    This article is not xenophobic. It is not racist. It is an honest truth. That a foreigner is complaining about our policies goes to show we have treated them better than their own countries ever had, and they want the whole house. At our expense.

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  • flabbergasted:

    Patriot:
    Massive unregulated immigration of foreign PMET resulting in local PMET high unemployment is epic PAP national tragedy.
    70% pls wake up now!

    They think we owe them a living? get lost, we don’t need trash here.

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  • To Homeless Cat:

    So you think a country can sign bilateral free trade agreement then take all the tax, investment and labor law benefits out of it then ask for renegotiation of the treaty or even terminate it when the things don’t go too well for you??
    How about Indians demand to confiscate all the assets, tax them at 90% or even go further for breaching international treaties??

    The article is xenophobic and racist due to the simple fact it doesn’t state a single line of their own opinion but simply trying to witch hunt someone else’s opinion, as the post you copied says, Singapore isn’t a democracy so you wouldn’t understand the difference being ill informed about facts and figures spreading xenophobia with real understanding of problems.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    To Homeless Cat:
    So you think a country can sign bilateral free trade agreement then take all the tax, investment and labor law benefits out of it then ask for renegotiation of the treaty or even terminate it when the things don’t go too well for you??
    How about Indians demand to confiscate all the assets, tax them at 90% or even go further for breaching international treaties??

    The article is xenophobic and racist due to the simple fact it doesn’t state a single line of their own opinion but simply trying to witch hunt someone else’s opinion, as the post you copied says, Singapore isn’t a democracy so you wouldn’t understand the difference being ill informed about facts and figures spreading xenophobia with real understanding of problems.

    First off – Get a handle and stick to it. I have stuck to my Homeless Cat name for well over a year and debated under it. People like you try to hide behind multiple false names and handles, which irritates me.

    Second – Have you been badly affected by the recent and heavy influx of Foreign Talent? From your reply, you have not, or are a Foreign Talent yourself. I have lost, and I played the game by the book and played it right. There are people out there who did the same and lost the match. None of us are happy. Why should citizens suffer so that foreigners get to call the shots?

    Third – Is renegotiating treaties and pacts that affect us badly wrong? When did we put the interests of a foreign country ahead of our own?

    Fourth – If Singapore isn’t a democracy, what is it? It has the trappings of democracy, but cannot be called such. Quite the irony, isn’t it? But fear not, we’ll get there.

    Lastly, this article states an uncomfortable truth. It is a thing is seen and felt at ground level. Your denial does not change the reality we live in or calm the anger felt towards the government for its blunders.

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