Rising public quarrels between Singaporeans and foreign immigrants
show that the government’s policy of mass importing of foreigners
to boost the economy and correct a declining birthrate
is going badly.
A worried Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
recently warned his people of the danger of social friction
between new citizens and locals.
shows no sign of wanting to make any dramatic change.
Over the weekend he presented citizenship certificates
to 350 foreigners in two batches within a week.
Few Singaporeans believe the republic is in any danger of becoming xenophobic.
They agree that the country needs immigrants for long-term survival,
but only if their quality and numbers are controlled –
not taking in large numbers of workers with dubious quality
as has been happening here.