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Caucasian expat agrees with policy of hiring Singaporeans




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I have lived and worked in Singapore for more than 5 years and have visited the country for more than ten years; but I agree with the local Singaporeans (I am a Caucasian).

I feel the is doing a great disservice to the local Singaporeans. Why?

Because I have 25 years of work experience in IT and in my last few roles here (all of them contract) I have found it impossible to get a permanent job, in every interview and in each role, my colleagues competing with me directly for the role or who are actually managing me, are Indonesians, Pinoys or China Mainlanders.

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I do not understand the policies of a government that is destroying the hopes and aspirations of its own citizens.

Yes, I have worked in Singapore before.

While my field is fairly specialised, I am the first to admit that younger, skilled grads both local citizens and foreigners, deserve the job I am seeking and mainly, because they have the skills and are much younger (usually 1/2 my age).

My point is simple: I came here to build a relationship with my girlfriend and we later married; but I worked in China for more than 2 years after I came here, because getting a job in Singapore is very difficult and I disagree that this is ONLY true for local Singaporeans.

It seems there are just VERY FEW good jobs on offer in Singapore because the market IS SO SMALL.

Having said this, why does your Government even allow Pinoys and Indos to take PR and then take SENIOR MANAGEMENT JOBS?

These jobs (which are the same jobs I am competing for) are in EXTREMELY LIMITED SUPPLY and, in my opinion, should be RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY for local citizens and foreigners should be told to fxxx off.

You see, while I compete with Pinoys, Indonesians, Indians and Chinese (not locals) for these jobs, I have seen on many occasions that my interviewer is actually NOT EVEN A LOCAL SINGAPORE CITIZEN.

I think this is a damnable policy and the PAP should be overthrown for it.


Republished from Transitioning.
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