$130 million spent a year on the education of foreign students in Singapore

According to a Parliamentary reply given by Minister for Education Ong Ke Yung to Worker’s Party NCMP Leon Perera on Monday (8 Jul), the Ministry of Education spends around $130 million – or 1% of its budget – to foreign students in Singapore annually.

Minister Ong said that the government does “give out a small number of scholarships for international students in our schools and Autonomous Universities”. The spending comes up to “around $130 million a year, which is 1% of MOE’s annual budget of $13 billion.”

He added that the academic performance of these students are “closely monitored every semester, and the scholarship would be withdrawn if the scholar’s performance is not satisfactory”. Additionally, such students are “obliged to work in a Singapore entity for up to six years after graduation”.

Whilst foreign students are benefitting from the MOE’s generosity, a great deal of Singaporeans appear to be suffering in an unseen side of Singapore.

For the financial year lasting Apr 2017 to Mar 2018, the PAP government distributed approximately the same amount (i.e. $131 million) to 79,500 poor families in the form of ComCare, which is a form of long-term assistance given to destitute families in Singapore.

One such recipient is 37-year-old Madam R, a divorcee with four children aged 11 to 19. The family lives in her mother’s two-room rental flat, which was found to be badly infested by bedbugs. Due to such living conditions, the family could not rest properly and this affected the children’s performance in school and at work.

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  • PAP trust not citizens,:

    PAP only thinks of the vote of Singaporeans when GE approaches. They proved GE after GE, all they need to do is to buy their vote by carving out whatever they need from the state fund which they can filled many folds after they got what they want. As they have been successful so far, they think what the hell should they bother with Singaporeans, it is to their international fame n praise by the way of using Singapore state fund to buy their debt ridden companies, free education for their children plus enough to support their families n to import them to fill the jobs created n to displace Singaporeans fromp their jobs except them they have succumbed by the booticker enrolment tactics which Woody peanut knew well n Georgie has felt the effect when faith in deity strangely getting stronger than trusting an unreliable LP.
    So the ground is sour, take more enlightenment, say any thing to get away from kpkb since there r sufficient ” LHL/LWL condemned compliant bureaucrats undefended in Court so must be true as SIN 3 PM decreed publicly” to cover up eg The unrefutable one liar on medi benefits of minister, Khaw $8 or Heng tens of thousand )
    A govt using state funds to buy votes for every GE, only having interests n benefits of PAP n aliens, do not trust Singaporeans n use state fund to employ foreigners for their bodyguards. cling tightly to no accountability n operates without transparency, legalizing the illegals, filling schools n universities with aliens n encouraging Singaporeans not to seek as high academically as possible n glorifying drop outs n gangsters to be just as easily successful as the university educated aliens they have paid billions to support.
    is this pap you want to govern singapore to insult you, to threaten you n to kick you out of your jobs.
    . Surely Singaporeans are not that stupid to elect s govt to bully n bash them whenever they fancy n only think in their own interests n benefits n get aliens to boot Singaporeans n help them to bully Singaporeans, Vote these ingrates n garbage out by the coming GE. Say Singaporeans r not that stupid to sell the vote n let them buy with our own money! Vote PAP out for good n see what has they been hiding!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    “SMALL STATES MUST ALWAYS BEHAVE LIKE SMALL STATES.” Kishore Mahbubani
    Link:https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/qatar-big-lessons-from-a-small-country
    More excerpts:
    * Because it sits on mounds of money, it believed that it could act as a middle power…
    * I [Mahbubani] told myself then that Qatar would pay a price some day for not acting prudently like a small state should.
    * Qatar [can insert any other entity] believed that its mounds of money and its close relations with the US would protect it from consequences.

    Now what this got to do with the above article, you might say? Hear me out!

    1. S’pore is a relatively small economy despite the Big GDP numbers & wealth on show for outsiders to see. This GDP-GROWTH-AT-ALL-COST mechanism isn’t sustainable, the money flows were all contingent on the strength of the SG$ & the convertibility against regional currencies;

    2. SG$130 million is still a lot of money “for a small nation” to be spent on educating on foreigners. Someone in TRE equates such prolifigacy spending on the eternal hope of “votebanking” of foreigners into new citizen converts. Even then what is the success rate & whose benefit – to whom & at whose expense? And is S’pore upgrading their regional neighbours intellectual cabability to be future competitors in our own backyard? It is extravagant spending of a political nature – A short-termist solution at the expense of a longer-term prosperity outcome!

    3. All unnecessary spending have consequences! Political power needs an endless supply of monies & capital inflows as fuel to sustain their entitlement, privileges & benefits of an “Aristocratic” class of political elites. One keen observer would tell you that they are parasites feeding on a bigger host re: the Economy! But if the host becomes weaker over the years through lack of regeneration (educating foreigners instead of supporting a local core); spending on State-of-the-art Infrastructure “White Elephants” & basically truncating all feedback channels monitoring the Economy’s health in favour of Optimistic news reporting devoid of any analytical or critical reviews of impending issues – We’re in deep trouble!

    The mirage of wealth have gone into the heads of our politicians. They are “in denial” & gone into arrogant mode thinking that S’pore is indeed a Big Economy! But the reality is S’pore is inflated by money flows & pumped full of foreign MNCs investments & wealth flows, each seeking a safe haven, a tax refuge & monetary value protection mechanism. This isn’t wealth!
    - Cont’d -

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  • Hsiam Loong Loong:

    Case 1: My niece almost didn’t get to have her Uni education. My bro-in-law wanted her to give it up as he couldn’t afford to pay for the fees. If not for her supportive mother who worked part-time to pay for her hostel stay and other expenses, she’ll not be an engineer today despite taking a bank loan.

    Case 2: A Malay colleague of my daughter (when she worked part-time after completing her A’s) was told by her mother to give up her dream of continuing her education in the Uni because of financial reason too. She’s achieved good ‘A’ grades for a place in the NUS but her mum told her to sacrifice it for the sake of her 4 younger siblings who are still in secondary and primary schools.

    There’re definitely more cases. Many people just choose to suffer in silence.

    Is our G stupid or they’re taking its citizens for granted? While our very own singaporeans who qualify for Uni are having financial difficulties continuing their education, our ‘super generous’ G chooses to throw our taxpayers money to educate other countries children. Some more, they heartlessly keep making us pay more and more by increasing tuition and accommodation fees almost every year.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    - Cont’d -
    Wealth resides within our bodies – our brains, our will [drive] & penchant [know-how] for making money, creating wealth stores or accumulating capital for future use. And that is real wealth!

    And Education is one mode of cultivating greater mind powers & knowledge to create wealth or enhance capital accumulation. Harvesting people’s “Blood, Sweat & Tears” for State’s use is a bankrupt act of abusing power at the expense for the greater good of improving people’s lives.

    Depriving one the avenue for further education & greater heights is a Genocidal act & Self-flagellation [act of hitting oneself with a whip as part of a religious ritual]. And the role of a National leadership group is to guide the economy to mass prosperity, not self-glorification nor wealth-seeking at the expense of our nation. Understand this & set your minds free!

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  • Asd:

    Other country also doing it ??? Then why other country no pay m$ but you all ownself pay own self ??? Greed or Robbery or what is it ?

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  • both education and jobs:

    and yet the white idiots said FTs are here to create jobs for sinkies ?

    it should be rephrased , the white monkey idiots are creating much opportunity for FTs in both education and jobs ?

    perhaps, sinkies are trained to be too daft (or blur blur) to think through what the white idiots are saying ? if it comes from the mouths of the ah kong gang, it must be good and perfect right ?

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  • Change Government Dire:

    Please tell the ministers not to play with “WORDS” and appreciate the seriousness of the question and to reply seriously and sincerely.

    It doesn’t matter with the small “PERCENTAGE”, if the minister pretend he didn’t know, 130 million dollars a year approximated to be 5,500 students and that is FXXXing alot.

    Isn’t this senseless spending and deprive our OWN citizens University studying Opportunity & Job opportunity?

    Especially, Where some of its own citizens can’t even afford to pay for their children school fees and some had to resort to apply to use their CPF for their children school fees which the government denied, indirectly creating the problems. One resorted to killing his wife and daughter because he cannot afford the school fees for his daughter [as one of the reason].?

    At what benefits to SINGAPORE? ZERO benefits to Singapore.

    And,

    “Obliged” is not a compulsory to work in Singapore. It is as good as “FREE”. Either way, why should we be paying tax for the government to behave like Santa Claus at all our expenses to groom foreigners and not its own? And especially senseless GST, tax and tariff hikes?

    It is in such form of insincere replying that I say the PAP Ministers like Ong YK is insincere to us [reply not to the point of concern to the citizens].

    We have the right to blame them for such behavior and express our concerns.

    Regarding ComCare, that is for our OWN people, why the spending on our OWN is so little?

    It is for this reason that I say, WE ARE “OBLIGED” TO CHANGE THIS GOVERNMENT direction entirely. Reason: Lack of care and lack of spending for its own citizens and unreasonable spending of the people hard earned money.

    TKL should take lead to apply civil compliant on the government.

    Don’t expect me to support in coming Election when YOU DO NOT SUPPORT US.

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  • TruBlu:

    The public especially taxpayers who are too poor to fund their children’s tertiary school fees need to know the cumulative sums of taxpayer money spent on these FT-kids, inclusive of compounding interest.

    HOW MANY MILLION$ OR BILLION$ IN AGGREGATE.

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  • I TOLD YOU:

    HOW TO TRUST MIW? You NEVER trust anyone that needs to fake exempt themselves from accountability.

    I told You before;

    HE IS SAME, PAP:

    And Talking about education – Why are we paying so much multi million dollars of our taxpayer money every year onto scholarship given to foreigners for free? That, up till this date with multi billions spent, multi billions spent, had proven ZERO beneficial to Singapore? They chided us for the lack of skills but forgotten we sacrificed TWO AND A HALF YEARS of serving the nation, taken for granted by them. Have they given us the chance, to groom its own citizen? or only groom theirs?

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  • opposition dude:

    Funny how the government wants alien scholars eh? It must be that ours are either not good enough or there aren’t enough of us.

    Taxpayer money wasted on nnon Singaporeans, what a joke! So what if it’s 1% of MOE’s budget, it shouldn’t even be spent on non Singaporeans in the first place!

    I remember back in 2013 the reported figure was $36 million. How it has jumped!

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  • Ong YK to resign:

    What kind of insincere Minister you have?

    You asked him about education spending, you directed you to “ComCare” for comparison. [ComCare - from Ministry of Social and Family Development]. [Red Herring Technique]]

    I will not have vote for such Minister to serve the nation, not even at grassroot, totally lack of sincerity towards the People.

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  • I'M halimah jiak liao bee:

    Spending $131M on these Ah Tiong trash, with free tuition and pocket money and at the end, guarantee a job.
    And at the same time, raising tuition fees for our local lads ???
    WTF is going on , and you stupid 70% daft are so happy to go along with that.
    Good luck to your kids, having their lunch snatched in front to you and given to foreigners.

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  • my $8 heart bypass:

    $130M is still $130M, never mind if it is only 1%.
    Don’t try and sweeten the deal and play with words.

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  • many highly paid eunuchs:

    //One keen observer would tell you that they are parasites feeding on a bigger host re: the Economy! But if the host becomes weaker over the years through lack of regeneration (educating foreigners instead of supporting a local core); spending on State-of-the-art Infrastructure “White Elephants” & basically truncating all feedback channels monitoring the Economy’s health in favour of Optimistic news reporting devoid of any analytical or critical reviews of impending issues – We’re in deep trouble!//

    probably the white alpha white idiots are too comfortable and are surrounded by many highly paid eunuchs (own agenda or reading too much on the plus sides from some foreign speakers ?) who do not seem to have the interest of the locals in mind ?

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  • Evelyn Boey:

    That’s why our children education fees is very high. Indirectly we are the one subsidising the foreign student.

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  • Harder Truths:

    I do not think most people have gone inside government departments. Majority – vast majority – are FT.

    if $G locals think they are still in charge of things – they are so wrong.

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  • Reminder:

    And I assume majority who benefit are Malaysian non Bumiputera. As much as I like to sympathise with their plight of being denied educational opportunities due to their government’s policy, true blue Singaporeans should still have priority. Our government can give talented foreigners opportunities but not at the expense of locals.

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  • S$130m and no NSF NSR:

    70% sheep truly stupid.

    Not only aliens FTs PRs get S$130m free of charge, they also no need NSF NSR.

    For the women in 70% sheep, probably they don’t realize NSF NSR are big sacrifices worthy of even more than S$130m. Yet their brothers, husbands, sons, boyfriends all get zero kosong. But the unrelated alien FT PR get S$130m per annum for free of charge.

    Don’t continue to be ffffing stupid. Alas, these women from 70% sheep don’t read TRE. They read pap states times. Singapore is truly doomed. WTF.

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  • Harder Truths:

    S$130m and no NSF NSR: For the women in 70% sheep, probably they don’t realize NSF NSR are big sacrifices worthy of even more than S$130m. Yet their brothers, husbands, sons, boyfriends all get zero kosong. But the unrelated alien FT PR get S$130m per annum for free of charge

    $G women always go after Ang Moh or FT – so $G men are atually cutting off their own balls by voting pappies.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    A compelling reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Wilson:

    All the monies spend on foreigners education should be use to subsidise per school for sg kids instead

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  • Fair Comment:

    When our taxi drivers are operating 2 shifts and many others working another part-time job to give their children a varsity education, our government had been giving free varsity education to foreigners into millions of dollars.

    This is totally unacceptable. Citizens should be taken care of first and varsity fees should be reduced for citizens instead of raising fees to provide free education for foreigners. REDUCE VARSITY FEES FOR CITIZENS!

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  • Fair Comment:

    both education and jobs:
    and yet the white idiots said FTs are here to create jobs for sinkies ?

    it should be rephrased , the white monkey idiots are creating much opportunity for FTs in both education and jobs ?

    perhaps, sinkies are trained to be too daft (or blur blur) to think through what the white idiots are saying ? if it comes from the mouths of the ah kong gang, it must be good and perfect right ?

    True -FTs here to create more taxi drivers for the country when these Managers are replaced by FTs and unable to find another office job. More jobs – taxi drivers.

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  • Robin Lim:

    Everyone should end his comment with KICK THEM OUT.

    No point making a lot of noise.

    Only by kicking them out then you’ll see reforms.

    Meanwhile, they’re too busy feeding at OUR pot of gold.

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  • Robin Lim:

    There’s simmering unhappiness with FT.

    FT only stick to their own kind. They are not interested in integration.

    It’s all one man’s fault who tried to control the population. That’s the danger of a cult personality.

    Ironically now we have to import FT.

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  • Honourable Citizen:

    When you give 130 million to a few hundred foreigners against giving the same amount to tens of thousand needy Singaporean in their education, do you consider that as fair to Singaporean who toil and worked hard to build Singapore to where it is today. Mr. Ong Ye Kung, you should be honest to yourself and not be another hypocrite politician. LKY once said taking up politics in Singapore is not about carrying babies and taking photos in public to show you care. Politics in Singapore is about improving the livelihood of Singaporean and not about yours and the party self interests.

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  • This is what lky said daft:

    4g pap spent $130 m (that was what they said but actual amt remains ???) n $28 m (that was what LHL said after numerous numerous citizens asked but grapevines pinned it at much much more, how much remains???? until pap is ousted n investigated like what Mahathir found abt Najib’. They laundered citizens’ cpf retirement fund to pay heakth insurance with minimum benefts at high premium. The well known fact that before the mandatory medilife insurance for all from birth till death, insurance company still profitting from very few taking health insurance with them. Singaporeans should now realized how much pap laundered cpf monies to the state fund with unthinkable profits for the couple to play their negative investment chalking up billions of Singaporeans monies to pay debts for the debts inflicted foreign companies the couple buy susupicious for self glorification thru gratitude n mockeries from the companies they conned the daft couplesto buy. They r so talented to meet citizens call for measures tocurb fast rise in cost of living by increasing tariff, taxes on utilities, school m university fees of citizens to support their self glorifying pro aliens spending n policy, taxes, GRP, GST etc etc etc. They reduce their work including not attending the very rare parliament sitting, n more ministers to the extent of a team of mahjong players in PMO n not less than 2 in each ministry n undisclosed number of sub ministers n perm secretaries. Lky tried to remind Singapore to remain daft to allow his nfi 4G to rape the nstion wide. While the political multimillion billion aires increases whenever they like to feed the hungry, greedy, arrogant m aggressive bootlickers, brownnosers n polanpa. But the risk frowd rapidly as the greed soars n the opacity shielded operation multiplied that it really need to vote these knowing no greed limits parasites to get investigation n recovery started as early as possible to avoid finding loke Mahathir over the near bankruptcy of the nation that bound him to concede to the gribbing demand of econmy breaking alien forces which the past regime comit to feed their bottomless greed!

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  • PAP SIN traitors:

    LkY has destroyed Singapore by his greed n his suppression of any group or person who dare to be critical of his policy or his conduct. A national leader should prepare n nurture a thinking population not a suppressed citizenry fearful of persecution aided by boolicking compliant bureaucrats as disclosured by LKY other children facing oppression of succession from the direct line.
    The 2G has unashamedly revealed its greed which grows unceasingly with rapid erosion of dedication to serve in the interests n benefits of the nationnals. 3G has showed accelerating decay in human values, dedication, integrity n honesty wrapped up in extreme greed leading to god damning self gratification n nfi self glorification n extreme arrogance. It takes the self praised squeaky clean fake many years just to time the self exposure of indiscretion to test the ground.
    Time to vote these fakers n traitors out to exposure what lurks in opacity for the past several decades!

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