Saturday, December 17, 2005

Singapore’s Immigrant Worker Problem

Singapore’s Immigrant Worker Problem

Although most of them are legal, tiny Singapore has a problem with non-native workers: Some 400,000 (mostly-Muslim) Malaysians live and work in prosperous Singapore.

A native Singaporean blogger, in his blog: Diary of a Lucky Singaporean, posts of the obvious security danger this foreign work force poses to his country.

While the blogger, whose name is Lucky Tan, thinks that the presence of all these foreign laborers in his country is just grand, I question the wisdom of his position.  In my view, this large Malaysian presence in Singapore presents an obvious security problem.

I am not sure if this guy really gets it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you have misinterpreted my blog!!!

Migrant workers are critical to Singapore and help to build our economic powerhouse. The existence of migrant workers are not a security risk because they are here to contribute.

In addition, they diminish the risk of wars because high economic dependency. If the Taiwanese keep outsourcing their manufacturing to china, and many Taiwanese marry mainland chinese. The threat of war between the 2 nation is diminished and the cost is simply too high to bear.

Migrant workers are part of a globalisation trend that makes the whole world look like EU.

Sat Dec 17, 06:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger LuckySingaporean said...

Sorry the above comment was not suppose to be anon. I posted it.

Sat Dec 17, 06:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

hi lucky singaporean! Yes, you are correct! I indeed misconstrued your blog! And for that I apologize to you and to all who read this. I will post an apology. I see now what you are getting at was something different than I had first understood. However, I do think you are correct about advocating a strong military defense for Singapore. On the down side, I question your glowing support for a large foreign work force. Just like many american businessmen, you may be having trouble looking beyond your bottom line. Moreover, as I have posted elsewhere, the immigrants working in Singapore, I assume, are there LEGALLY. Here in the US, we deal with an unbroken and uncontrolled flood of ILLEGAL immigrants, something that is intolerable. Regarding the Taiwan-China thing, you are dreaming friend: There are not enough Taiwanese available to marry Chinese girls to make a difference. I assure you: Barring a regime change in China, China IS going after Taiwan, and -- depending on who is in the White House in the USA -- that move WILL lead to a major armed conflict. I have no doubt that you are a good businessman and far richer than I will ever be, but you don't "get it" when it comes to some basic facts about borders, language, and culture or dealing with totalitarian regimes. P.S. If Malaysia was such a great neighbor, how come you guys broke away from a political union with them years ago?

Sat Dec 17, 09:17:00 PM PST  

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