19 Jul '11, 5am

Asked Dr Tony Tan to help w my edu applicatn. He replied in same day to say he can't help. #sgPresident

SINGAPORE: Former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Tony Tan, said he believes in a higher education policy that puts Singaporeans first. But he said this is different from a "Singaporeans only" policy. Speaking at a public lecture at the Singapore Management University, Dr Tan said as an international city, it would be a mistake for Singapore to close its doors to foreigners. ""Singaporeans first" is different from saying "Singaporeans only". While putting Singaporeans first, we should not make it too difficult for international talent to come to Singapore. Finding the right balance is not going to be easy but we must try," said Dr Tan. He said the primary responsibility is to citizens and that's why they have priorities in school admission and in scholarships for further studies. Dr Tan was education minister in the 1980s and later oversaw the development of the university secto...

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