How to get Singaporeans to welcome mass immigration

The calls are getting louder, with more and more voices making the case for Singapore to relook its position on the foreign manpower issue, in the face of a severe demographics slowdown*.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/big-read-foreigner-issue-are-we-ready-rethink

The above and a similar ST article a few days earlier is evidence that the constructive, nation-building media is again preparing the way for the flood gates to be opened and for FTs to be allowed in by the cattle truck load (not like now by only the A380 or 747 cattle class load).

The stories reminded me also that

“Opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological. Policy options will therefore have to address this.”

Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at Birkbeck University of London, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/why-culture-is-more-important-than-skills-understanding-british-public-opinion-on-immigration/)

Eric Kaufmann was talking about the UK, but what he says also applies here.

So somehow, I think talking in general terms that the economy needs FTs wouldn’t work. Think the Population White Paper (Population White Paper: PAP’s suicide note?) which didn’t convince S’poreans that we need FTs by the cattle-truck load.


A personal view

As I’ve blogged before, FTs by the cattle-truck load is good for me personally because of the wage repression effect, stronger GDP growth, rising property prices etc. But still I’m not even in favour of FTs by the A380 load. I want FTs by the A350 or 787 business class and first class load.

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So if the PAP wants to use culture and psychology to get S’poreans to welcome cattle truck-loads of FTs, the constructive, nation-building media should tell S’poreans what will happen to the value of their “affordable” HDB flats that they are paying for via 25-year mortgages, if said FTs are not allowed to come in by cattle truck-loads to beat up taxi uncles and professional women. After all, falling HDB, and private property, prices are a consequence of weak economic growth, which will result from restrictions on immigration: at least according according to the “experts” quoted in the said articles*.

As Moneytheism (particularly the Propery cult) is our religion, the message will sink in very fast that S’pore needs FTs by the cattle-truck load to prevent HDB prices, and private property prices, from collapsing.


*The article goes on

Last December, economists said it may be time to re-look the Government’s stringent immigration policies following a UOB report on Singapore’s “demographic time bomb” which will start ticking next year, when the share of the population who are 65 and over will match that of those under 15 for the first time.

In January, Monetary Authority of Singapore chief Ravi Menon devoted much of his speech at a high-profile conference on the topic, making an impassioned plea for Singapore to “reframe our question on foreign workers”, given the limited scope in raising birth rates and labour force participation rate (LFPR). This was followed by a commentary penned by National University of Singapore (NUS) academics urging the Republic’s universities to admit more international students, in light of falling numbers.

Dr Chua, the Maybank economist, questioned how the targets could be met based on the current workforce size without additional foreign manpower, even after taking into account those who are displaced from positions becoming redundant.

“Manpower policies will need to be fine-tuned…Singapore’s transformation roadmap cannot be fulfilled without some flexibility in its manpower policies,” he said.

Dr Chua reiterated that relaxing foreign manpower restrictions during economic upcycles will allow Singapore to capitalise on growing investments and demand. “If restrictions are too tight, business will choose not to invest in the first place,” he said. “That in turn hurts job creation and opportunities for Singaporeans.”

He added that foreigners also “pay their fair share of taxes and contribute to the overall fiscal position, reducing the tax burden on citizens”.

 

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20 Responses to “How to get Singaporeans to welcome mass immigration”

  • opposition dude:

    Sad isn’t it, with over a million non Singaporeans running rampant on the island it still isn’t enough. It’s easy to say that this sector and that need more manpower but it also shows that the wayang productivity that PAP loves to mention just isn’t there. And it doesn’t come as any surprise when all these so called “industry people” just keep saying the same shit over and over, why haven’t any of them said that these non Singaporeans have taken away PMETs’ jobs?

    The younger generation has already said that they want to settle down more than once and there are also a few newspaper reports on this issue. But do you see the government make an attempt to actually reduce the BTO prices so the younger generation isn’t shackled with a long term debt?

    Everyone knows that there are far too many aliens on the island so how many of us will want to welcome more? Other than those who support PAP or have business connections I doubt too many will support the move.

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  • replace the dafts:

    Daft cleansing is well and alive in Sinkingpore.

    We will soon officially announce the next great leap forward – to 9,999,888 population. Long live the emperor.

    This is the only way to perpetuate the whites rule.

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  • PAP CS decision makers, THINK!:

    To the PAP Civil Servant decision makers, THINK!

    Every country, including those from which the immigrants came from, has to look after the interests of its citizens first.

    If the Singapore citizens (or the citizens of any country) actually feel the benefits of immigration (or mass immigration), they will welcome it.

    Anyone who has resided in Singapore long enough, including foreigners, will be able to testify that Singaporeans used to be the most foreigner welcoming and friendly people in the world. What changed?

    To those unthinking and overpaid PAP Civil Servants, think!

    Watch how American entrepreneur described the PAP Civil Servant decision makers:

    https://streamable.com/xj7p1

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  • Are you ben dan?:

    Ya, ya, ya! Stupid! Let’s see the fear of losing one’s job to FTs is scarier or the fear of one’s HDB flat losing value is more frightening. When your job is gone, where to find money to service your HDB loan?

    So, before you rejoice on FTs coming in by cattle-truck load to prevent property prices from collapsing, you better worry about HDB repossessing your flat when you can’t make the monthly instalments because your lunch has been stolen by the FTs.

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  • Asd:

    This is no longer the country I lived for…. Total crap..

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  • oxygen:

    FAKE NEWS AND GHOSTLY ECONOMICS – this is what I sum up of this article and PAPpy News Publishing.

    It is rediculous citing the usual mouthpieces from

    - XIAO-KENG politically-sponsored Institute of Mental Health for fart some political correctness

    - property business sector anxious to see the revival of asset bubble property prices, totally ignoring the costs of living inflationary pressures that travels to all other sector of the economy killing its competitiveness further

    - brokerage and financial institutions struggling for resuscitate another chapter of fake CONSUMPTION eat-n-shit economy resting on population recycling economics which even Tharman said is to BOTH POLITICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY STUPID of reliance on foreign influx. When the economy is dead, who is still investing in listed stocks/shares which its losing its relevance in global DIGITIZED economy – from marine to property to retail and banking in LEE-jiapore.

    IF FOREIGN INFLUX IS THE SOLUTION to our economics survival woes, HOW COME NONE OF THE USUAL F*RTHEADS OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS from the politically-sponsored XIAO-KENG ALL silent on the reality that our economy is already confessed in 2015 by PRESENT TENSE to have MAXED OUT and PAST TENSE told the nation was already MAXED OUT in 2005?

    And this article’s author is WORRIED SICK TO FRIGHTENING DEATH FEAR pleading that “S’pore needs FTs by the cattle-truck load to prevent HDB prices, and private property prices, from collapsing.”

    And of course, the comment @ are you ben dan? is correct

    Are you ben dan?: Ya, ya, ya! Stupid! Let’s see the fear of losing one’s job to FTs is scarier or the fear of one’s HDB flat losing value is more frightening. When your job is gone, where to find money to service your HDB loan?

    So, before you rejoice on FTs coming in by cattle-truck load to prevent property prices from collapsing, you better worry about HDB repossessing your flat when you can’t make the monthly instalments because your lunch has been stolen by the FTs

    PAPpy can’t find the industry to attract foreign talent, so opening the floodgate means displacement wholesales of locals. Newly arrived foreigners can’t afford expensive property without long-term sustained employment and income growth. They also faced an uncertain future. Would they commit to big housing risks knowing that losing their jobs also decimation if they are trapped in underwater mortgage.

    Either way, PAPpys completely screwed up the economy in the last 15 years – they are trapped with no viable choice. Voter’s voted for this.

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  • HarderTruths:

    $G locals shave lost the war because of the 70%, Does not matter what anyone says or does – the pappies will win every election from now on with their 70% support base and can implement any policy they want.

    Rest in Peace $G locals.

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  • I'm Halimah also Jiak Liao Bee:

    FTs paying taxes ???
    Most of them are from the 3rd world Trash and lower income group. Just how much taxes do these Ah Nehs and pinoys are paying, after deducting all the allowances for their father, mother , kids, wife .
    And how many of these Malaysians PR who are working here but staying over in JB ???
    How do they contribute to the economy when they are spending their salary over the Causeway.

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  • what would hv been reaction,if:

    PAP CS decision makers, THINK!:

    Watch how American entrepreneur described the PAP Civil Servant decision makers:

    https://streamable.com/xj7p1

    Actually, the Civil Servants that the entrepreneur was criticizing were US Civil Servants.

    What would have been his reaction if those he encountered were Singapore Civil Servants instead? Classic robotic minds raised under a rote-learning education system with a sole objective of (mechanically) acing the exams, rather than learning? It would have amplified 10x.

    Of course, under a PAP Civil Servant tyranny Singapore, such retarded minds will still be rewarded with the highest salaries in the world.

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  • We don't need Steve Jobs:

    what would hv been reaction,if:

    Of course, under a PAP Civil Servant tyranny Singapore, such retarded minds will still be rewarded with the highest salaries in the world.

    We don’t need Steve Jobs. Or Jack Ma.

    What we need is mass immigration of (cheaper) Third World labor.

    36-month bonus jackpot!

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  • We don't need Steve Jobs:

    We don't need Steve Jobs:

    36-month bonus jackpot!

    That would translate to an average of $5m bonus for the PAP Ministers and top Civil Servants?

    Not bad for a job without having to be made accountable, or even to produce the real results or results that trickle down to the citizens. Or making personal sacrifices, or risking any personal assets, only public resources.

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  • Why be stupid like Jack Ma?:

    We don't need Steve Jobs:

    Not bad for a job without having to be made accountable, or even to produce the real results or results that trickle down to the citizens. Or making personal sacrifices, or risking any personal assets, only public resources.

    Why do I want to be stupid like Jack Ma? Not in PAP Singapore.

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  • Not in PAP Singapore:

    Why be stupid like Jack Ma?: Not in PAP Singapore.

    No ground-breaking innovations. No global conglomerates. No tech giants. Maybe giants in a tiny Singapore pond. Yet, still highest paid in the world.

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  • PAP scholars' rationality:

    Not in PAP Singapore: No ground-breaking innovations. No global conglomerates. No tech giants. Maybe giants in a tiny Singapore pond. Yet, still highest paid in the world.

    PAP scholars’ rationality.

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  • CCB:

    Whenver, i go interview and there is AN INDIAN.
    I know the job will be given to INDIAN ONLY. Learn THIS
    LESSON WELL.
    CCB Immigration Policies to BENEFIT the INDIAN ONLY.!

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  • oxygen:

    THE UGLY TRUTH IS THAT LEE-jiapore’s economy has already been infected with stage 1 cancer since 2005. It was MAXED OUT according to PAST TENSE – surviving day to day on the eat-and-sh*t consumption of planeloads of foreign influx. One month’s after PAST TENSE warning of January 2010, the Economics Strategies Committee (ESC) in February 2010 similarly WARNED THAT SINGAPORE CAN NO LONGER RELY ON FOREIGN INFLUX to prevent its economy from sinking. In other words, the reliance on foreign labor to hold up the economy is POISONOUS cure to relief the onset of cancer metatasis spread of malignancy to all other sectors of economy and society.

    Instead of spending billions of $$$$ restructuring the economy, PAPpys spent $6.2 billion in 2011 in a ELECTION ORGY of wild party spending baiting for votes with even recklessly irresponsible promises of Punggol waterfront public housing to even promised spent of $1 billion (maybe) creating additional river to transform Bishan GRC into the new Suzhou-Venice of the East (with obvious implications for property values thereafter). Election is not about SEX in a small confined space then, it WAS LIKE PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT OF WILD ORGY inviting voters’participation! This is CLEVER POLITICS AND DUMB ECONOMICS preying on dumb peasants and the POTTY NEWS PUBLISHING beating the drums to wake up peasants to the political seductions from north to south and east to west!

    After the drunkard stupor and wild sex party more fitting of zoo animal species, PAPpys now wants to flood tiny red dot with A BIGGER DOSAGE OF POISONED CANCER CURE DRUG now in its 4th and maybe final stage.

    THE POISON OF FOREIGN POPULATION INFLUX which Tharman said in New Dehli is BOTH POLITICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY STUPID is what this country still needs?

    WAKE UP, you dammned DUMB FOOLS’ -the wonder prescription of poisonous massive foreign influx DID NOT SAVE our economy since 2005, it instead aggravates the cancer cells spreads to all other parts of the economy/society.

    Bigger population simply means more “eating-n-sh*tting” but without the means to economy (eating), those hungry won’t have sh*t to unload anymore.

    Bottomline is that economy moves in cycles – the glorious days up upcycle of wild spending on leveraged credit and consumption CANNOT CONTINUE forever but since 2005 we have to DELEVERAGE in downcycle now to slow down consumption and BUILD THE SAVINGS to pay-off the debt. That means slower growth/inflation, even falling property prices (fictitious wealth which is actually liability credit spending beyond income means) and definitely slowing consumption.

    ADDING POPULATION ADDS NOTHING TO INCOME, only more eat-n-sh*ting.

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  • oxygen:

    ADDING TO THE PRECEDING POST COMMENT, I am convinced that PAPpys know that its foreign population influx was a UTTER failed social/political/economic experiment.

    It is a “cure” more dangerous and harmful than the cancer of failing asset bubble air-bag economy of artificial beauties we created for ourself.

    Adding more foreign population will kill the host (LEE-jiapore) faster than the natural progression of terminal cancer. We need some new wonder prescription drug and the 4Gs are all clueless failures (they sat in that Committee for Future Economy and all that they could come up with of recommendations sounding the familiar “chut pattern” of “Ï don’t know what to say” disease).

    One 4G even told the nation, whoever ascending POO YI’s throne won’t change any policy TO AVOID DISCONTINUITIES. In other words, it is the same old failed “CHUT PATTERN” of BED-minton rock-and-roll, the orgasm comes quick and the exhaustion sending the sportmen/sportswomen to faster sleep notwithstanding the confined space in which the “bedroom sport” were rigorously exercised.

    We badly need a shiny ball-headed one more than ever but he is unwilling to take the top job and turn this country around. He might be our last hope & independent thought – he proved this in New Dehli. Me don’t think voting peasants in LEE-jiapore are skin colour conscious – unlike some of those among PAPpy doggies.

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  • Get Real:

    The gov seems to be working more for the foreign population that they can earn from, rather than for all citizens. Trublu sgs have been side stepped for far too long. So why should we meekly give way? Just bcuz this gov cobdones happily an open leg policy,dont mean we sidestepped trublu have to welcome them with open arms!
    We’ll only be strangling ourselves ever more.

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  • Scaramouche:

    One way to get locals to reluctantly accept migration is to give
    each citizen a monthly allowance of say $4,000 a month …EVERY
    MONTH for a foreigner. So you pair the foreigner up with a citizen,
    and bingo, as long as the foreigner stays, the Sporean gets his
    allowance. That would allow 3.65 million foreigners in. When the
    foreigner moves out, you pair the Sporean up with a new foreigner.

    But its too late for all this. If the foreigners had been kept to
    a trickle instead of a flood, one wouldn’t feel the crowd and the
    jostling too much. (In fact, so MANY things need correcting before
    this country can really move forward.)

    Question is: As robots come online, what will we do with all the
    foreigners when they are no longer needed?
    As is, all these breakdowns in cashless payments seem to be a loud
    warning that going completely cashless would be pretty brainless.
    And doing it as fast as the no of foreigners were increased would
    be utter madness.
    Problem is, we have a brainless bunch in charge and who cant see these
    basics. That’s the problem with hiring scholars and ex army chiefs
    instead of street smart people to run things. And as things chug along,
    we soon wont be able to care and point out the flaws in their lack of thought. Meanwhile, let’s party before the crash.

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  • Issue not Black-White:

    MIWs like to frame the issue – UnHappy w Immigration = Anti-Immigration.
    -
    The real issue was that MIWs did the “OpenGate” which led to many unpleasant issues.
    -
    Immigration issues anywhere,
    became heated issue because-
    * the gov used econ approach – “more workers/inputs the better”
    * ignoring quality/skills of immigrants
    * ignoring the implications on education, housing, health-care, etc.
    * ignoring the ability to absorb diverse background/culture, etc.
    -
    No wonder MIWs got clobbered in Election 2011.

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