Issues related to immigration policies (Addressing the issues (NGOs…
Issues related to immigration policies
Xenophobia - Due to high influx of foreign workers. This has put a growing strain on jobs, housing and infrastructure, and raised fears about the dilution of the Singaporean national identity.
Resulted in an angry backlash, with many taking to social media to disparage foreign workers, from highly paid “foreign talent” to heavily exploited laborers from China and the Indian sub-continent.
Clash of culture
, immigrant and local Singaporean clash of culture resulted in a big National debate. One good example was the curry issue in year 2011. - it was reported in a sidebar that a Chinese family, newly arrived from China, could not tolerate the smell that wafted over from next-door whenever their Singaporean Indian neighbours cooked curry. Both families then approached the Community Mediation Centre (CMC) for help in resolving the disagreement. The settlement that was reached following the mediation was that the Indian family would cook curry only when their Chinese neighbours were out. In turn, the Chinese family acceded to their Indian neighbours’ request to try out the curry dish.
Indian and Bangladeshi workers rioted in Singapore’s Little India district, making this a National Security issue
Job Security for local
As many skilled workforce are allowed in many of the high profile jobs, many Singaporean felt alienated and side line as these high paying jobs are given to foreign talent resulted . This cause many local Singapore to be upset of this unfair hiring. One good example is the chief of some big local banks are filled foreign talent like DBS.
Population explosion becomes a voting issues in some of the General election. Some local Singaporean are concern about their future thus voted against the ruling government over the 7 mil population white paper
Due to influx of many foreign immigrant, Singapore now must cater sufficient accommodation, work place, healthcare, community areas and transport for this increased.
Eg. MOH decided to ram up building new hospital as the number of hospital serving a growing population is not enough.
LTA has decided to increase the number of buses and MRT to due with growing commuters
Addressing the issues
Take care of these foreigners ensure they adapt
Ensure that foreign workers welfare are taken care of
Setup Mediation Centre to tackle clash of cultures
Allow community space for integration between immigrants and local so to better understand each other
Organise Event and Exhibition for public to better understand each other
Education - Through schools and education to reduce xenophobia.
Control and regulate unhealthy public internet forum creating and causing issues such as national identity. Eg. Singapore Court prosecuted the couple who hosted the Real Singapore website in 2016 for stirring unhealthy sentiment in Singapore through their false internet posting of information. The couple was jailed and fined.
Limit and control the set up of immigrant specific areas . Some of these areas do allow immigration to congregate and thus creating even more gaps for integration. Eg. the Thai congregate in Golden Mile Complex, the Filipino in Lucky Plaza...etc
Increased Facilities and Infrastructure to ensure in line with growth
Encourage local talent visibility through local talent database so that high and key post are opened to local first to ensure fair hiring practices. In 2013 MOM passed a guide that requires firms must demonstrate that they try to local Singaporean first for certain PMET jobs.
These employers have to advertise for Singaporeans to fill the vacancies in a national jobs bank administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, the Manpower Ministry said on Monday. Firms with 25 or fewer staff will be exempted from advertising rule, or those hiring for jobs paying $12,000 and above a month.
Clash of Culture
Hire local first policy