Public support is needed on the balance the Government should strike between economic growth and inflow of foreigners, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday.
The country should not pretend that balancing economic growth with foreigner inflow is easy, he said, adding that "the balance is based on what Singaporeans are willing to support, because if you tighten too much, your jobs are at risk".
Besides such a risk, "because you become less competitive in essential services...your quality of life will be affected", he said. - [Link]
If you have not noticed, the PAP has turned the tables around to put the onus on Singaporeans to integrate. The balance now is between what "Singaporeans are willing to support" and "economic growth" which is equated to jobs and quality of life. The PAP is saying if you don't support the foreign influx, you are risking jobs and your quality of life.
Let me ask you a simple question has your quality of life improved in the last 10 years when Singapore had the one of the highest, if not the highest rate of foreign influx per capita in the world? Has structural unemployment and job security improved in those years? The PAP is saying now if you accept more foreigners and integrate well with them your quality of life will improve and there is less risk of losing your jobs. If the whole thing come apart, it is due to your inability to integrate well. It is hard to believe the PAP govt is trying to sell us this and treat Singaporeans as people unable to think.
The truth is our economic system has become dependent on this influx for growth. But this type of growth by expanding the workforce is not sustainable. Our population density is already the highest in world. Singaporeans have experienced for themselves what this method of growing the economy leads to. It is not going to bring quality of life. It is not going to bring job security.Our structural unemployment which is the form of unemployment Singaporeans fear most - losing their jobs at age 40 is caused by the large foreign influx supplying the labor market with young workers reducing the incentive for employers to retain older workers. There is no shortage of jobs otherwise why do we need to import foreigners to fill jobs. The problem is quality of jobs, salaries and structural unemployment...all of these made worse by the foreign influx. There has never been "balance" in PAP's foreign influx policy. The extreme nature of these polices have led to extreme results - highest income inequality in the world, rising poverty and cost of living.
The real problem now for the Singapore economy is the high dependency on cheap imported labor. The PAP govt has neglected productivity imrpovements brought about by leveraging on technological innovations and did not seek out new upstream areas of growth that will create high quality jobs. We are now stuck in this cycle of dependency and the PAP is telling us to accept more of the same because they have no more new ideas. Lets face it, things are not gaing to get better unless bold changes are made. If the PAP does the same things as they did in the last 10 years, nothing is going to improve. They are the ones risking their jobs and our quality of life by insisting we go along the same path...we know clearly where it will take us and we don't want to go there.