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Singaporeans will not become the minority in Singapore

Singaporeans will not become the minority in Singapore-DPM Wong, 9 May 24. The Straits Times online.

With a fast aging population, pap government's total failure at tackling our plunging total fertility rate over the decades, immigration and new citizens (NCs) are all related issues and will greatly affect our population policies.

I am comforted by DPM Wong's assurance but at the same time, I have big reservations. Let me explain.
Let us have no illusion but be absolutely clear in our minds that our new citizens do not come from their original motherland to Singapore to make babies for us.

Each and every single one of them must have thought through very, very deeply and very, very carefully and have done their sums before they finally surrender their original citizenship to embrace ours.

Those school going ones and the economically active adults must salivate and worship our education systems and for economic reasons and opportunities that our country offers them and for the seniors, more likely for familial reasons etc.

Every single one of them has his/her/their own reasons and agendas to become Singaporeans. Please pardon me but I am quite unconvinced about their absolute and total loyalty to Singapore, at least for the first generation of new citizens. The no need to serve National Service policy for those first generation male NCs screamed so loudly in my face!

In order to effectively make up for the successive passing and the much under replacement level of native citizens, pap government must work doubly or even triple hard to give out more and more new citizenships to ensure that, in the words of DPM Wong, 'Singaporeans will not become a minority in Singapore'. There is no rocket science in it and the realisation is definitely not worth SGD 2 million.

In the midst of all the noises and online postings about NCs and population policies etc, I feel that one key point is missing.

I would appreciate it greatly if the manpower or the home affairs minister can share with Singaporeans just how many NCs surrender their Singapore passport in the first 3 years and subsequently in the first 10 years after they have got them. This will give us some idea of their so-called commitment and loyalty to our country Singapore.

I will repeat a past suggestion.

I welcome NCs and I acknowledge their usefulness and contributions to Singapore, however, since first generation male NCs need not perform National Service of any sort and I doubt if any meaningful numbers of them even volunteer to serve, all NCs should not be allowed to vote in our electoral elections in the first 5 years after obtaining their Singapore citizenship to avoid any undule influence over our domestic affairs and more importantly, our national elections.

Nothing, no policy should ever be craved in stone. I believe that my suggestion is not an unreasonable one.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

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37 Responses to “Singaporeans will not become the minority in Singapore”

  • Minority Sinkies:

    Listen carefully. I will say this many times.

    Sinkies are already in the minority.

    Got it?

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  • rice:

    Words are just that,words.
    Sgs are already becoming the “minority” major stakeholders except for the govt,its agencie$ and the Few Rich Sgs here.

    Even PMETs are half-half or maybe lower?
    The population stats of SGS must not continue to reflect PRs under “LOCALS” but non-sgs should ALL be segregated from sgs as a statistic to reflect the true state of things as non-sgs including PRs are a large statistic here.

    Why lump non-citizens with citizens under the same column?
    PRs are not Singapore Citizens.

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  • rice:

    What me sincerely abhors is the hypocritic feedbacks of some sgs especially so-called grassrooters to their MPs and Ministers/MPs.
    Many FALSE impressions have been forged and etched into the LEADERS’ minds as can be confirmed by the kind of unkind remarks made officially against common sgs from calling us xenophobic to ungracious.

    The TRUTH these days is MANY,IF NOT MOST,FRs/foreigners here are much more less respectful towards THEIR SG-HOSTS ,even towards the ELDERLY SGS.
    In fact,these non-sgs behaved rudely and disrespectfully towards common sgs.
    They probably know well HOW TO PRETEND TO BE GRACIOUS in front of those SGS WHOM THEY THINK COULD BENEFIT THEM!

    What i say here is not out of spite but the true state of affairs.
    This can only get worse if allowed to continue.
    In the past when the NON-CITIZENS numbers were lower,the NON-SGS were more respectful.
    No one who views things with integrity can deny what i put here,not even the NON-SGS themselves.

    The trouble here is MISREPORTING FROM MSM and FALSE FEEDBACKS FRON GRASSROOTERS.

    WHAT IIS.
    It is only a matter of time people come to know it all.

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  • rice:

    Truth remains that numerous former-sgPMETs have been relegated to become the NEW POOR class.
    When these sgs were contributing toward Nation-building ,they took LOW PAY,even WAGE FREEZES and DEEP CPF cuts.
    Now,after being rendered with joblessness(unemployed,UNDER-employed),they have to contend with high COL and even high GST and other forms of levie$.
    Their past savings mostly got depleted the last 20 years with all those less-than-friendly-citizens public policie$.

    It is unjust ,not just unfair,for these sgs to continue facing such HIGH COL with very little social assistance.

    THE YOUNG SGS at least have much higher salaries to mitigate the Higher COL BUT NOT the retirees and those experiencing “JOBLESSNESS”.
    The G needs to do more to bring down COL instead of merely applying mitigators like CDC VOUCHERS that does not actually BRING DOWN COL effectively.
    Prices are still elevated and will keep elevating with “CDC VOUCHERS” as businesses keep jackiing up profits.
    Greed cannot be encouraged as GREEDY PEOPLEcan never be $atiated.
    Just my humble but firm opinion.

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  • rice:

    Just wanna add another obervation.
    I have never ever observed,on AVERAGE, in the countries i visited the kind of DISOECTFULNESS NON-NATIONALS accorded toward the nationals of those countries the way NON-CITIZENS(FTs,others) accord SGS in the country we built so well that such alien$ flock here by the planeloads.

    Can anyone here argue this is not the case
    HERE?

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  • Minority Sinkies:

    Who do you think are the grasslooters? Dominated by foreigners or new citizens.

    rice: What me sincerely abhors is the hypocritic feedbacks of some sgs especially so-called grassrooters to their MPs and Ministers/MPs.

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  • dodo:

    The NCs who gave up their SG citizenships against those who are made eligible are not low. Merely stating that SG citizens will not be the minority is NOT ENOUGH because THAT PARTY can always play musical chairs. One end 10000 giving up citizenships and the other end qualify another 10000-12000 new ones. Net effect is SG citizens still not minority but come on, isn’t this doublespeak ?
    Voting should not be allowed in the first ten years instead of first five years. NCs can fast track their voting rights to five years if they do NS but not in some medical research on soil diseases like you know whose son.

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  • opposition dude:

    This is PAP we are talking about so words are meaningless lah. Remember the nonsense about a Singaporean core when we raised the issue of too many aliens in the workforce? So what did these clowns go and do? Why, let in even more on the basis of “cannot close our doors to foreigners” and “fast ageing population” of course.

    Before you know it, they will once again proudly publish the rubbish that Singaporeans are still the majority but conveniently leaving out the numbers of those who have converted. We all know our TFR is below 1 now so let’s wait and see how fast it gets to 0.5 lah. The government isn’t interested in making it easier for young couples to have more children lah, they just like to wayang nia.

    Next election is coming soon so expect all the usual nonsense about needing a strong mandate lah, look after Singaporeans lah etc etc. All we need to do is vote as many of them out as possible, otherwise the cost of living will never ever come down nor “affordable” flat prices.

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  • Wow:

    Already living with covid.

    Nothing wrong living with others.

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  • Wow:

    Or already living with pap and covid.so?

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Let’s face it, the new citizens are economic migrants.

    They come from mostly 3rd world countries. It’s a step up. They are here for jobs with higher pay and a better standard of living.

    Those first world types will probably just be PRs here.

    But I read somewhere that New York is taking in lots of migrants.

    First world also mean a lot of people sleep on the streets. Safety nets and unemployment payouts did not work?

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    2 generations of parasitic prime ministers and with LW, we will have another. Not that LKY didn’t turn parasitic towards the end but at least he can claim that his contributions far outweighed his costs. Just like GCT and LHL, the incoming LW will continue to feast on the flesh and blood of the daft ones, piling on more miseries on the sinkies while loading more goodies for himself and his cronies.

    Despite paying themselves the highest salary for any PM in the world, they left behind loads of issues as part of their legacies. Low TFR not LHL fault, the daft ones don’t want to procreate, right?

    Confucius once said, “德薄而位尊,智小而谋大,力小而任重,鲜不及矣。”. It means when you have leaders who occupied high positions but have low virtues, unlimited ambitions but limited wisdom, major responsibilities but minor capabilities, it is a recipe for disaster.

    Sadly, “but what has the opposition done for me?” is an excuse by the daft ones in order not to face reality i.e. the sh*thole that they are stuck in. This is all they are left with; a lame excuse to assuage their pathetic pride. Are the daft ones ready for more good years? Because they haven’t seen the best Swiss standards yet. Remember the parasites will always be with you, for you, for (their) Singapore.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Dear Simon,
    Those who talk negatively about Singapore please leave/ Singapore.
    https://youtu.be/esoFDtHPOhU

    We PAP are not violent people and we do not agreed the punching of face that he said in the video above.

    Other than this, all the rest are very true… privilege is invincible and Singaporeans are enjoying that still complain.

    All sound minded Singaporeans who love peace MUST NOT give in to Opposition narrative.

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  • Harder Truths:

    I don’t know who is a bigger bullshitter – Wong or Simon.

    These FT will run back once their money is made or things get rough for them.
    And that does not mean there will be less of them – only they are replaced by even more fucked-up FT who are more desperate then the ones who left.

    As for the blur Sotong $heeple – they are dying from the mRNA ‘vaccine’ so it does not matter. Sooner or later they will all be replaced anyway.

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  • If the rumor I heard about Wong being a One-term seat-warmer is indeed true before Keeqiu takes over for another term, then I doubt he can really effect any real changes to the existing situation on the island, especially with the LEEder watching over his shoulder from behind the curtain.

    However, I hope he is genuine and willing to go that extra mile to make real changes to make life better for Sinkies.

    So you all say would it be easier for me to just buy 4D and the chances of striking is higher?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Confucius once said, “德薄而位尊,智小而谋大,力小而任重,鲜不及矣。”. It means when you have leaders who occupied high positions but have low virtues, unlimited ambitions but limited wisdom, major responsibilities but minor capabilities, it is a recipe for disaster.

    Oh Yes! Well said! Referring to one very big country up north right! The primary 6 professor is it ?

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  • Unique:

    Remember our PM is closely supervised, eh, eh, I mean, guided. But then, if you don’t closely supervise, how can you guide?

    TRE Tech:
    If the rumor I heard about Wong being a One-term seat-warmer is indeed true before Keeqiu takes over for another term, then I doubt he can really effect any real changes to the existing situation on the island, especially with the LEEder watching over his shoulder from behind the curtain.

    However, I hope he is genuine and willing to go that extra mile to make real changes to make life better for Sinkies.

    So you all say would it be easier for me to just buy 4D and the chances of striking is higher?

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  • @Unique

    In Sinkieland context, supervision and guidance are the same, they have the same meaning, intent and purpose. lol

    I am tempted to believe that as long as there is a famiLEE member behind the curtain, the seat-warmer’s hands are tied, even if the famiLEE member says and do nothing.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Just giving out citizenship certificates, Singaporeans will never be minority!

    Singapore population already consists of 40% new citizen and keep increasing each day.

    We need to differentiate those born Singaporeans and certified Singaporeans!

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  • dave:

    One very easy solution to make sure that Singaporeans would never be a minority in Singapore. Even kindergarten children know the answer.

    Just convert more foreigners to become Singaporeans. See, QED.

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  • rice:

    @TRE Tech

    You will be right that LW is probably going to be a 1-term seat-warmer when we observe more unhappiness over more FTs being dumped here during LW’s watch as more younger PMETs get displaced.

    Already COL is so elevated.
    With increased joblessness among younger sgs,discontent with LW will be registered.
    That would be “good excuse” for Emperor Lee to replace LW with Eunuch Kee Chiu as the Empire’s PM.

    Meanwhile,LW may likely install next Crown Prince onto the STAGE.
    It is mere wayang to say none of the “off-springs” is interested in politics.
    LW will likely say we need “fresh talent” and so-and-so is a “gem” of a rare talent,eh?
    Sounds familiar.
    Well,we are all spectators.

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  • rice:

    Now,WHAT DO WE MEAN BY “minority”?
    It can be meant literally as “number” or figuratively.
    Honestly,the VAST MAJORITY(number) of SGS have been TREATED LIKE “minority” like when the $100B Covid Budget was allocated,A VAST NUMBER OF SENIOR SGS GOT ONLY $600 ,MUCH LESS THAN FTs got ?

    And,the RESERVES BELONG TO SGS,ACCUMULATED NOT BY FTs but BY THE SENIOR SGS.

    WORDS ARE USELESS ESPECIALLY THOSE SPOKEN WITHOUT SINCERITY N INTEGRITY.
    ALL IN ALL,TOO MANY FORMER PMET-sgs have been reduced to impoverishment.
    Can our minister claim not truthfully?

    Yes,SG LOOKS MORE PROSPEROU$ .
    THE MINISTERS ARE ALL TURNED INTO MULTI-MILLIKNAIRE$,EVEN A UNION-LEADER WHO WAS ERECTED AS EP BECAME MULTI-MILLIONAIRE.
    MEANWHILE,LOOK AT MANY FORMER PMETs who helped build Sg and who helped accumulate such vast SG RESERVES.
    MANY IMPOVERISHED!
    AND,3RD WORLD FAKE TALENTS DUMPED HERE GOING AROUND IN EXPENSIVE CARS WITH COE PRICED AT NEARLY HALF THE PRICE OF A 2-ROOM HDB FLAT???

    HIGH GDP IS NO USE IF THE SGS DO NOT GET A FAIR SHARE.
    NO WONDER MOST PRs choose to remain just as PR even after the GOVT OFFERRED THEM NOT ONCE BUT A FEW TIMES SG CITIZENSHIP?!

    SHAME RIGHT?
    THE GOVT GOT REJECTED WHEN THEY EXTEND CITIZENSHIP TO SOME PRs ?
    Meanwhile,look down on own nation-builders?
    Is that UNITY?
    Is that PROGRESS AS A NATION?

    WELL,CONGRATS TO THE MILLIONAIRE-MINISTER$.
    SinkingPOOReans will burn more Hell-Bank Note$ for you after you pass on.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    I think the mistake that we are making is still holding onto the false believe that the PAP will listen to the ground and make the changes to benefit the State and it’s Citizens. So Simon writes this and that but rest assured that the PAP’s only goal is to remain in power endlessly so don’t expect any changes in our interests. The handouts prior to elections will increase. The simple minded who don’t understand governance will vote in the PAP. After which it is business as usual with no accountability as they have already been voted in. We are the minority now and if we don’t vote in the Opposition we will lose our Singaporean identify which will be replaced with the identity of the South Indians, Malaysians etc. Our last possible win to retain our identity is in the ballot box. There is no other way to save ourselves and State.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Now then I see someone else saying about the same thing I said many years ago…..
    i.e. new citizens should not be allow to vote for at least five years….

    Why? Said before this is the party’s winning formula with “blood transfusion” and many other “schemes” and nothing will change for the next few decades……you have your chicken wings and they take the whole chicken forever………

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  • Clap3:

    One wonders what kind of promise is that?
    Do they think Sinkies are easily conned? But then, they are probably right, judging from the PE results.

    dave:
    One very easy solution to make sure that Singaporeans would never be a minority in Singapore. Even kindergarten children know the answer.

    Just convert more foreigners to become Singaporeans. See, QED.

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  • Ceremic:

    “Jack” Lim(wp),only managed to chop
    The tree 10%

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  • OMEN 1505:

    When I hear the SG radio news that said SG welcome Liangy as the next PM I just can’t take it & switch it off!

    How can the newsreader said SG welcome him when there is no election to say so?

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  • KT2:

    I heard that there were a number of non-citizens granted citizehsip in the past in order to represent Singapore in certain sports, and that many had left us behind for “good” !!?? What have you to say about this group of so-called Singapore citizens ?

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  • Vincent:

    Sti down next 7 days

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Active sg delta gym employ uncle aunty toot toot one

    Cannot handle feedback on a professional manner, only smirk

    That is the standard you guys have.

    Govt shouldn’t run businesses.

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    Dear Simon,
    Those who talk negatively about Singapore please leave/ Singapore.
    https://youtu.be/esoFDtHPOhU


    We PAP are not violent people and we do not agreed the punching of face that he said in the video above.

    Other than this, all the rest are very true… privilege is invincible and Singaporeans are enjoying that still complain.

    All sound minded Singaporeans who love peace MUST NOT give in to Opposition narrative.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    What a democratic statement this is. Applause.

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    Dear Simon,
    Those who talk negatively about Singapore please leave/ Singapore.

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  • Light The Way:

    Counting the total of pink IC holders vs FIN holders in Singapore is an easy task, just ask for a computer printout and can then go preach at rally or in Parliament.

    But exactly how many pink IC holders are willing to die for this country? You better do a manual recount. And forget about collecting random data samples from public surveys to prove your point, why spend more tax dollars when talk is cheap?

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  • Oxley:

    LAWRENCE WONG, LEE HSIEN YANG, OXLEY ROAD

    15 May 2024.
    The day when Lawrence Wong will be sworn in as the Fourth Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.

    The questions are: as the new head of state:

    Is Lawrence Wong willing to step forth, disassociate himself and his entire party and the nation from the Oxley Road family dispute?

    Is Lawrence Wong willing to allow Lee Hsien Yang and his family to return to Singapore from exile, as free citizens and a true-blue, red-blooded family of Singapore?

    from the movie: The Rock (1996)

    John Mason: now offer to take THESE off (referring to the handcuffs)
    it would be a gesture of your good faith

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  • dodo:

    Do you mean including Lee Jia Wei after she took the prize money for retirement :-(

    KT2:
    I heard that there were a number of non-citizens granted citizehsip in the past in order to represent Singapore in certain sports, and that many had left us behind for “good” !!?? What have you to say about this group of so-called Singapore citizens ?

    Tech: If I am not wrong, she is back in China, now a millionaire enjoying life.

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  • rice:

    OK lah.
    Lets see if this PM brings more “fortune” to elderly and needy sgs.
    Afterall,his chinese name very auspicious.
    Wong Shyun Tzai.
    Wong-like in Ong Lye.
    Shyun-Adhere to
    Tzai-good fortune.

    Ok,he got lucky from being rejected from Admin Service initially to becoming minister and PM.
    So,Ah Chai,make sure you bring us,the elderly and needy good luck and not just the baby bonuses,etc.

    During much of last 20 years,many common sgs like former PMETs who controbuted much have been mostly left alone to perish by the wayside.

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  • 4D:

    As TRE said, go buy 4D. Better chance to become happy.

    rice: So,Ah Chai,make sure you bring us,the elderly and needy good luck and not just the baby bonuses,etc.

    During much of last 20 years,many common sgs like former PMETs who controbuted much have been mostly left alone to perish by the wayside.

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  • Relax:

    Prosperous regions, promoted people are mostly in west/northwest side.
    Just wondering will DPM Gan go to west coast?
    2 DPMs, one east and one west, east west ‘heroic duo’ (东西’双雄’).

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