15 Feb '13, 11am

Singapore protest: 'Unfamiliar faces are crowding our land' via @guardian

Singapore protest: 'Unfamiliar faces are crowding our land' via @guardian

Liane Ng is 25 and single, works 60 hours a week, and until recently, shared a bedroom with her grandmother. Like many other Singaporeans, her life revolves around work, family and the stress of making ends meet in a nation that works the longest hours in the world. But lately her life has taken on a more immediate concern: a government initiative to increase Singapore 's population by a third by 2030, a move that would see citizenship granted to more foreigners and squash the native population to just over half the total. "I love my country," says the advertising executive. "[But] the cost of living is high, the income gap is widening, transport is failing and unfamiliar faces are crowding our land. People are getting increasingly fed up because our daily lives are affected." Singapore has long been heralded as the success story of south-east Asia, a small island nation l...

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/15/singapore-cri...

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