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Immigration

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

“The world is facing the problem of population aging. This problem is not uniquely Singapore (sic). It is a natural phenomenon occuring more acutely in developed countries. We may have given too much credit to the government’s “two is enough” policy. In retrospect, without the introduction of the “two is enough” policy, Singapore will still have an aging population problem as it moves from third world to first.” …more (Cobalt Paladin)

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Why the government’s fetish for foreigners is not a matter of numbers

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

The government is resorting to foreigners because it has lost faith in the competency of Singaporeans

People cried foul when, on his customary annual bore-speech, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong effectively blamed the government’s increased efforts to attract ‘foreign talent’ on Singaporeans’ lack of interest in conceiving children, a situation instantly understandable ten minutes into a visit of one of Singapore’s dilapidated national libraries on a Sunday afternoon.” …more (Twilight)

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Selling Immigration

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

High impact2One of the chief topics in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech (20 August 2006) was the need for foreign talent, and by extension, immigration. Predictably, the Straits Times then annoyed me (and perhaps many others) by featuring “new Singaporeans” – you know, happy nuclear families, doing well in life. More importantly, they all sang praises of Singapore: this is great, that is great and that’s why I relocated my family here, and took up Singapore citizenship.” …more (Yawning Bread)

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A Reprise to “Singapore’s Resilient Strategy”

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

“Through Singapore Surf, I came across this article Singapore’s Resilient Strategy by the Enterprise Resilience Management Blog by Stephen F. DeAngelis and Bradd C. Hayes. The central theme of the article is that Singapore adopts an resilient strategy to maintain its economic miracle, by importing foreign talent and positioning themselves such that they are relevant with the global scene. In this short commentary, I shall illustrate a few simple arguments that this resilient strategy is a double edged sword to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.” …more (SG Entrepreneurs)

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Smile For Them Too

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

“Its coming soon. The IMF/WB meetings in Singapore. The event has galvanised the country’s PR machine, road paving work, tree pruning activities and a massive phased campaign to bring out 4 million smiles for them rich folks coming into town.

The corresponding part of the travelling entourage, civil society groups and NGOs who protest against the IMF/WB have been warned off with the dreaded cane, well drilled riot troops, pepper spray and the gamut of enforcement activities which signal clearly that the protesters are not part of the 4-million smiles welcome package. Instead, these folks will be shunted off to Batam for their trouble-making activities.” …more (Xenoboy)

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