More Singaporeans feel they benefit from foreign talent: ‘Unbelievable’?

I refer to the article “More young people feel Singapore benefits from foreign talent, survey finds” (Straits Times, Sep 28).

It states that “More young people in Singapore feel that the country has benefited from the presence of foreign talent, according to newly-released research findings.

An Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) survey found 62.5 per cent of 19 to 30-year-olds believe skilled workers who come here from other countries have contributed to Singapore’s development, compared to 45.4 per cent in 2010.

They also felt they have greater access to job opportunities and other forms of social resources – such as schemes under self-help groups like Sinda, the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) and Mendaki – as compared to foreign talent.

“But on the other hand, they also feel that Singaporeans shoulder more social responsibilities compared to foreign talent, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag,” noted IPS research associate Debbie Soon, who was part of the three-member research team.

Ms Wendy Baker, business development and engagement partner of talent consulting firm ICE Asia, pointed out that work visas, including renewals, are becoming more difficult to obtain in Singapore.

There was a rise in the proportion of respondents who viewed the presence of foreign talent as having a negative impact on societal cohesiveness here, from 38.9 per cent to 48 per cent.

They also expressed increased scepticism about the long-term commitment of immigrants.

The survey was conducted from June to November 2016, involving 2,013 participants aged 19 to 30. A similar study was conducted in 2010.”

Everyone whom I communicated with, found the findings that “More young people in Singapore feel that the country has benefited from the presence of foreign talent, according to newly-released research findings”, to be quite ‘unbelievable’.

In this connection, according to the Department of Statistics‘ web site – Total Employed Persons (foreigners, citizens & PRs) decreased from 3,570,000 in 2016 to 3,550,100 in 2017.

The Total Unemployed Persons (almost entirely citizens & PRs) increased gradually from 87,100 in 2012 to 106,900 in 2017.

The Resident Unemployment Rate (citizens & PRs) increased almost every year, gradually, from 3.7% in 2012 to 4.2% in 2017.

Since 31,849 new PRs and 22,076 new citizens were granted last year – and the majority of these new residents may be working – they may automatically be reclassified as resident employed persons (PRs & citizens).

So, would they make the resident unemployment rate look lower than it actually is?

Why is there no breakdown of the labour statistics for employment change or incomes. into citizens and PRs?

From 2007 to 2017 – 441,508 new PRs and 218,916 new citizens were granted, and the foreign population increased by 771,100, with about 47% of the total workforce last year being non-Singaporeans (excluding new citizens).

In the final analysis – with rising unemployment in the last 5 years or so, and possibly very little of the employment growth going to Singaporeans (which we don’t know because there is no breakdown into citizens and PRs) – to what extent has our liberal foreign talent labour policies contributed to the current state of affairs (rising unemployment, under-employment, many lower-income workers) for Singaporeans?

In this connection, the Government should disclose the incomes and employment growth statistics for Singaporeans, instead of just ‘locals’ (which includes PRs), in the public interest, and in line with the online falsehoods’ committee’s recommendation that the Government should give the reasons for decisions not to disclose information to the public, and to gain the public’s trust.


Leong Sze Hian




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17 Responses to “More Singaporeans feel they benefit from foreign talent: ‘Unbelievable’?”

  • I not young:

    I not young, I have 33 years experience in the same industry.
    I feel FT benefited working with me!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Of course, FTs are employed and young Singaporeans are shaking legs at home, feed by parents. Isn’t this a benefit?

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  • enjoy the benefits:

    //FTs are employed and young Singaporeans are shaking legs at home, feed by parents. Isn’t this a benefit?//

    of course, when no jobs. no choice lar, must shake legs at home, fed by parents.

    this is called benefit meh ? why not the white idiots restrict (it is a matter of policy that fortune can turn hor) FTs from coming to sinkie land so that they stay back home in their home country and shake legs and being fed by their own parents and enjoy the benefits. cannot meh for the white idiots and gang.

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  • opposition dude:

    No need for any wayang numbers from the department of statistics or whatever lah, the numbers tell you all you need to know.

    They tell us nonsense like population only grew 0.1% from the past year or there are less S Pass holders. If that is the case please explain why the population keeps going up and never declines? Why are these 3rd world aliens let in more and more year after year instead of decreasing? No answer right?

    The population stands at 5.64 million as of the last report. You should be asking why there are more than 5 million people on the island instead of reading creative reports printed in the newspaper!

    Just wait lah, after the election next year when the kiasees once again give a strong mandate to goondu Loong we will be reading about another increase to the population to 5.8 million and beyond.

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  • Lies, Damned Lies n Stats . .:

    > “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.

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  • True facts:

    True all good life now shaking legs at home.

    FTs working while locals shake legs.

    If got 4 legs also shake.

    Fake news.

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  • To Debbie Soon:

    I do not know what motivates you to do such a study.
    How did you select the sample?
    Who are these 19-30 yo? How many percent are foreign students?
    If you ask even a primary or secondary school student, he will answer without any guidance from his or her parents or teachers that foreign workers contribute to Singapore development. I even appreciate a foreign cleaner or a foreign maid earning less than $1000 a month.
    The question is what are the trade off? Singaporean workers including newly converted get retrenched and go for training and retraining to get an even lower paying and less satisfying job?
    These 19-30 yo I am sure will respond very differently in 2-3 years time when they see more and realize what is happening to themselves.
    A 19-30 yo may not even feel the impact of a parent losing a job. Many fresh university graduates whether from NUS, NTU, SMU or other local universities or from part time degree courses are still trying to look for a job. Many young people are seeking donation at town centres for help-cancer-children as a job.
    Can Singapore accommodate 10 million people in 20 years time? 15 million in 30 years time?
    Dont dream we are going to reach the stage as in Starwar or some science fiction movies, elevated floating road, walkway, buildings. We will implode way before then.
    Your rice bowl I believe like the NTU economics professor singing praise of immigration, comes from the tax payers.
    I am unemployed but I do pay GST which is going to increase to 9% soon.
    Please dont waste our taxpayers money. Please do something more useful and stop behaving like the public servants and media corp, sph.
    Such a meaningless survey is worse than fake news or propaganda.

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  • PapPlp survey fake like hell:

    Papplp survey r fake like hell. For the survey to be authentic, the survey must give detail of the population, population spetrum, age range, education, wealth, Races, nationality, religious faith n political affliation. The effects of the various factors on the tauthenticity of the results vary with what is survey n in Singapore for any survey political affliation of the population , the survey population/population, foreigners/ Citizens in the survey population and the reklative survey ratio to national ratio are all important factor. For example, the survey on popularity of PAP, survey population 100/national population, foreigners/survey population = 10%, pap affilated/survey pop=90% survey results 90% of those survey asy pap is the best govt in the universe. PAPplp mainstrean media yells for months on the survey results n built gliories around it all amidst growing kpkb n the ashened roti prata das once told his old plps reporter that the kpkb of the people r noises while waiting for the lps he poed hopefully will credir him sufficiently to throw hoim a generous bonus.
    Nothing different from i love my neighbour n the very next moment bought s big landed property so as to installed a guard in front to keep away the stink of the poor neighbour in hdb. Fake like hell singaporeans. try toget info of how the survey is done, you face opacity like asking where your cpf monies went or where the $20 millions went in setting up the summit. Now if you ask how much is apent by huadan vivian in his latest self glorifying project as the heading the comittee of 30 nations as reported today n yesterday ST. Bet your request is like ashened roti prata noise.Ask how much will the $50billions set aside as self gratification bonus n otherwise. You face darkness. Hoping new citizens will vote for these shits impliies the new citizens r dafter than daft zsingaporeans . if they r that stupid u think they r talents. Have u heard of a new citizen said how his life changes after he swore, Shit. He said. He began to kpkb worse than Sinkies . Sin said nfi biws. They said Fxxkin bastards iw. ha ha ha foreigners becoming citizens n vote pap. Likely thery help to vto these biw the next ge. Overnight they paid like they have never paid before now they said they understand why Pay And Pay, Patch And Patch, Prey And Prey, Plagiarise And Plagiarise, Polanpa And Polanpa. Geees they learn fast. Some even put up their hands. We swear we r not that stupid. ,

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  • Loop Holes:

    Fake survey is a good way to Propagate Fake News and get away with it.

    Tr emeritus should conduct more site survey. Sure winner.

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  • HarderTruths:

    I would say that 70% locals don’t give a s*** about anything if it does not affect them personally. Others can lose their homes or job it is not an issue with them.

    Why? The 70% are ballsless and no action is good action – they prefer to follow the pappy dictum “losers deserve being losers because they are losers”. This way they have an excuse not to look at the truth or have a convenient excuse other than being ballsless.

    Do not expect the 70% to change their minds or have a change of heart. This is not about minds and hearts. It’s about balls.

    And balls cannot be bought, sold, discovered or lost.
    Balls must be grown.

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  • Happy Family:

    And the parents also get good exercises through collecting cardboard.
    What a happy family!

    Of course, FTs are employed and young Singaporeans are shaking legs at home, feed by parents. Isn’t this a benefit?

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  • LIONS:

    So these young sgs want more FTs here.
    Good PAP PLS DUMP MORE FTs here,ok.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah paid to shake legs and talk cock.

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  • bags of chilli padi:

    //Papplp survey r fake like hell.//

    in this time and age. still can believe in survey and statistics meh (any agenda ? and the way questionaire are framed to elicit certain line of answers and perhaps results interpreted in such the way (either omission or commission of certain words) to give a certain intended meaning. 154th standard ?

    anything coming from those related to self interested white idiots who unashamely practise ownself-check-ownself where wayang could be blatantly displayed at the highest important level – 4 = 5 and selected = elected – and where secret committee could be formed until not secret anymore (trying to wayang the intention of ah kong), you can simply take it with a bags of chilli padi.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Chor Si Hung:

    I find that hard to believe. So many unemployed chao aunties talk so loudly on downtown line like they are so free?

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  • Undaft:

    FT? Thot this term was dropped by gahment after the ‘fiasco’ in 2011. ??

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  • nihon:

    pls don’t call them ftalent BUT ftrashes.

    the white scums will keep importing voters to stay in power

    the ‘survey’ like most surveys carried out by white scums are faked.

    one job to the ftrash is one job lost.

    benefit? the ftrashes benfit. we lose.

    we have to teach the ftrashes on the job.

    we need to vote for sg first.

    americands did that when they voted trump.

    but sgs are spineless.

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