25 Jul '11, 11am

Why Many Singaporeans Are Irked By Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Remark On Foreign Talents: Gilbert Goh, The Temasek Review

Why Many Singaporeans Are Irked By Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s Remark On Foreign Talents: Gilbert Goh, The Temasek Review

Frankly, I was slightly surprised at the strong reaction of Singaporeans towards Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s comment on the issue of foreign talents: “Foreign talent allows Singaporeans to punch above its weight” (Yahoo Singapore 22 Jul). I just checked today that there were about 1,500 comments on the Yahoo Singapore website and most were anti-foreign talent. The article must have been read by more than 30,000 Singaporeans. Singapore has a low unemployment rate of around 1.7% currently but the government has an ambiguous way of recording its statistics and there are many gaps that remain unanswered. Transitioning.org continues to receive many emails from readers stating that they are jobless and some were replaced by foreigners. I remembered working in Central Singapore CDC few years ago and we used to get instructions to delete the database for those who remained on the unemployme...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/07/25/why-many-singapor...

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