“When I go for a function and I see only expat Indians and no Singaporean Indians, I feel uncomfortable – like the future is being taken over by expats. What will happen in 15 or 20 years’ time, when my children start work?’ -Mr K. Varatharaju.
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Actually Mr. Varatharaju does not need to wait until his children start work. It is already happening.
An increasing number of companies in Singapore now do not even want applications from Singaporeans let alone older Singaporeans:I don't blame these companies or foreign individuals at all for the current situation. Companies want foreign workers for various reasons - no in-camp disruptions, can easily hire and fire, bigger pool of younger workers, sometimes lower wages etc. Companies are profit seeking entities, they do not exist to maximise the social or economic benefits for Singaporeans. Someone else was suppose to take care of that equation. You cannot blame foreigners because they are here to seek a better life for themselves just as we do for ourselves. Once there is a large pool of, say, mainland Chinese, in the company it makes less sense to hire Singaporeans because the cultural and language differences will make management difficult. There is no shortage of almost any kind of skill you can get from China and India so you can guess what will happen to the Singaporean worker in the long run if the PAP keeps its policies.