Singapore in 30 years time?
It's been a while since my last post. I guess there wasn't much I wanted to blog which was really original.
But this morning I was thinking about what's been happening recently in Singapore and I had a vision of what Singapore would be like in 50 years time.
Currently, the authorities have liberalised just about everything to do with foreign imports, foreign workers, and foreign talents. The only 3 fields that seem to be sacred cows that can only be filled by Singaporeans are Cabinet Ministers, top civil servants and SAF Generals. Everything else.....well if we can find a foreigner who is cheaper, let's do it.
In 50 years time, it is certain that there will be more foreigners living and working in Singapore than we have today. That's a no brainer.
But I personally think that the majority of the population who are citizens in Singapore would be low income earners. All the middle and high income paying jobs will be taken up by foreigners. This is in line with the current policies the government has set up. In fact the policies are strictly discriminatory against Singaporeans by virtue that Singaporeans will always be more expensive to hire and the males have NS liabilities to boot.
The high income earners would be well traveled and few would actually reside in Singapore. This is already happening judging from recent comments from SM Goh when he was interviewed in the Middle East.
As for the middle income earners, they will be driven out of Singapore slowly but systematically with the current policies. They would have to move to other countries by virtue that it is cheaper to live in other countries and also that they might not be able to find middle income paying jobs in Singapore.
That leaves the low income wage earning Singaporeans who are left in Singapore.
It would be interesting to see though how the world views Singapore in 50 years time.
A nation where more than half of its population are foreigners (includes PRs) and less than half are citizens of the country. Native Singaporeans are largely low income earners working menial jobs. The leaders of the nation are the children of the political leaders from 50 years ago, more in line with the system of monarchy type succession.
The richest people in Singapore are all foreigners (includes PRs), all the top level positions in the private sector are filled by foreigners (includes PRs).
Note: after thinking about this for the afternoon I realise that this situation will NOT happen. Because Singapore will soon allow dual citizenship. This would result in a jump of foreigners taking up full Singapore citizenship (they don't have to renounce their homeland) and thus on paper the number of Singapore citizens would be much more respectable.
The day of dual citizenship is very very near I reckon.