21 Apr '11, 9pm

How foreign workers have helped Singapore

SINGAPORE - With the influx of foreign workers likely to emerge as a hot-button issue in the coming polls, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday cited the opening of a US$3-billion (S$3.7-billion) wafer fabrication plant as an example of why their presence has actually helped to create more jobs for Singaporeans. The IM Flash Singapore Nand Flash Wafer Fab - a joint venture between chip-makers Intel and Micron - is one of the largest electronic investments here. It currently employs 1,200 workers, of which six in 10 are Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs), while four in 10 are foreigners. "Without the foreign workers, we would not have attracted this US$3-billion investment, and Intel and Micron would have built its wafer fab elsewhere," Mr Lee said in a speech to mark the facility's opening. "But, by allowing in a controlled number of foreign workers, far from d...

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