Tag: foreigners

S’poreans irate after learning MOE spent S$130 million on foreign student scholarships & annual funding

Following the revelation that in the past five years, Singapore’s government spent about S$130 million per year on international students studying in local schools and autonomous universities, Singaporeans online were an unhappy bunch. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung cited the following statistics in a Parliamentary...

Calvin Cheng weighs in on foreigners commenting on Singapore, says, “We shouldn’t be so sensitive”

After the social media feud between Polish blogger and opposition member Brad Bowyer, former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Calvin Cheng took to Facebook to weigh-in on the issue. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Cheng wrote on topics such as foreigners commenting on Singapore,...

Heng Swee Keat to students: Singapore must stay open to foreigners

Singapore—In a ministerial dialogue with around 700 students at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Finance Minister and Prime Minister presumptive Heng Swee Keat emphasised how important it is for the country to stay open to people from different cultures around the world. This, he says, will...

“If you don’t like us, go home!” – Locals blast foreigner who says Singaporeans keep complaining about foreigners

Facebook user Lonen Bellamy posted a rather mysterious photo on the group page of COMPLAINT SINGAPORE, which had the caption, “Quit complaining about us, Singaporeans. We got children to feed too. Maybe try speaking better English, yeah?” The photo was that of a Caucasian adolescent...

Has anything changed post Casey?

More and more Singaporeans are protesting against the influx of foreigners. What exactly is contributing to this accelerating xenophobia? The Anton Casey saga spurred a public uproar by netizens responding angrily and displaying their unhappiness. A Singapore-based British wealth manager published a series of messages...

Xenophobia? Tharman doesn’t think so

The PM and his deputy seem to differ on how to describe some Singaporeans’ growing resentment against foreigners. Lee Hsien Loong has used the word “xenophobic” a couple of  times  to describe how some Singaporeans have reacted, especially in social media,  to the actions...

Post-Casey, what expats must do

More and more Singaporeans are protesting against the influx of foreigners. What exactly is contributing to this xenophobia? The Anton Casey saga spurred a public uproar with netizens responding angrily, displaying their unhappiness. A Singapore-based British wealth manager published a series of messages mocking...

The case against importing athletes

By Michael Y.P. Ang The Foreign Sports Talent Scheme has been surrounded by controversy since it started in the nineties. Over the years, proponents of the scheme have been trying to justify it. “It inspires native-born athletes.” However, as mentioned in my Dec 24 article “SEA Games...