A rally for Utopia
I knew my mother would not be too pleased with the PM. She hasn't been for a long time. I made a reminder somewhere to lighten her mood by pointing her to Mr Brown's harmless podcast.
I am glad Howard is not one for long speeches and there isn't an annual Australia Day Rally here. I don't relish having PMs who upset us unnecessarily as we go about making an honest living.
Singapore is open to more immigrants as it tackles its population woes. As an ex-Singaporean, I have very strange feelings about this. Attracting foreigners (especially the useful ones) as an avenue to expand economic well-being is not privy to Singapore. Politicians everywhere know what to do.
This quick fix has its limitations. I am not a/an demographic scientist, sociologist nor economist. I am just human. I know it is not nice to live in crowded places. It is not nice to have to compete with everyone else for resources. In Singapore, even using the public toilet can be a hell of a long wait.
If the PM intends to attract high calibre immigrants ( if even to romance the idea that they are like my family; highly educated, cosmopolitan and skilled), perhaps he should also have a Plan B stashed safely in another drawer for use when these immigrants leave.I am glad that he is confident of retaining them as against someone like me, born, bred and shared similar memories of Singapore with him.
To be fair, it is always a gamble when it comes to attracting global citizens. You'll need to put more on the table. Beyond monetary rewards, for a start.
However, I don't see that happening in Singapore as yet. Singapore will continue to attract more of what it already has in abundance. Birds of a feather flock together.
Rallies will come and go. So will immigrants of past, present and future who did not find what they want in Singapore.
It is a trading port, afterall.
Singapore, NDR 2006