23 Apr '11, 11am

MM Lee: Voters made the right choice in past elections #SGelections

MM Lee: Voters made the right choice in past elections #SGelections

MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has weighed in on the continuing need to bring in foreign workers and talent from abroad so that Singapore could take on the world-wide competition for growth and progress. Addressing Singaporeans' concerns over the influx of foreigners who they fear are threatening their jobs, MM Lee said at a Tanjong Pagar GRC family day on Saturday evening that Singapore needs 900,000 foreign workers on two-year work permits. 'They do the construction and other heavy work, jobs Singaporeans are not willing to do,' he said. He noted that while these foreigner workers are on two-year work permits , which can be extended several times, they will not stay here permanently. On drawing talent from abroad, he cited how this has helped the United States to do better than Europe and Britain because it is an 'embracive society, welcoming newcomers'. 'This is one reaso...

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