Singapore Election 2011

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Lim Zi Rui: Singapore has become a land of opportunities for foreigners

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 1, 2011

In a passionate speech made at the Reform Party rally at Yio Chu Kang stadium, RP candidate for Ang Mo Kio GRC Lim Zirui hit out at the PAP’s ultra-liberal and pro-foreigner policies which have made Singaporeans feel like second class citizens in their own country.

Zi Rui made the headlines a few months ago when he told Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong off at a NTU forum that he ‘does not know what he is defending anymore.’ He is contesting in Ang Mo Kio GRC against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Recounting his own experience in the National Technological University where he is a final year graduate, Zi Rui criticized the PAP for giving scholarships to foreigners while locals have to work part-time to support their studies.

He also took issue with Singapore’s lax labor rules which allow foreigners to be employed easily thereby putting Singapore men who have to serve National Service at a disadvantage:

“By the time we finish our NS, the foreigners have become our boss.”

Taking pains to stress that he is not xenophobic, but against the PAP’s immigration policies, Zirui asked if Singapore now belongs to Singaporeans or the foreigners.

“This is Singapore, not theirs. Our country has become a land of opportunities for foreigners.”

He added that the Reform Party will advocate for a ‘Singaporean first’ policy in all aspects of life if its MPs are elected into parliament:

“Singaporeans should come first in every aspect. Singaporeans must be hired first before you can hire a foreigner.”

Due to the relentless influx of foreigners, Singaporeans now make up only 60 percent of the population with PRs and foreigners making up the rest.

According to a Wall Street Journal editorial in January 2010:

“Between 2005 and 2009, Singapore’s population surged by roughly 150,000 people a year to 5 million—among the fastest rates ever there—with 75% or more of the increase coming from foreigners. In-migration continued in 2009 despite expectations it would collapse because of the global recession.”

[Source: WSJ]

Despite widespread unhappiness at the PAP’s immigration policies, PAP leaders are adamant that the continued inflow of foreigners is necessary.

During a recent speech at Tanjong Pagar, PAP de facto leader Lee Kuan Yew said:

“Please remember: We still need 900,000 foreigners on work permits.”

With the two opposition MPs contesting in GRCs, it is very likely that the PAP will win all the 82 contested seats on 7 May and Singaporeans will have no elected opposition MP to speak up for them in parliament for the first time since 1981.

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