Mass Rally over Singapore Immigration Plans Leaves Everyone Wondering “Who Would Want to Immigrate to Singapore?”

Singapore Mass Rally Immigration

Singaporeans did the unspeakable (for Singaporeans) on Saturday and spoke out against government plans to allow more immigration into the city-state.

More than 4,000 Singaporeans attended the immigration rally making it the biggest protest in recent memory and a rare site for the country where political discontent is a major faux-pas. Rally leaders, who used social media to draw support, openly attacked the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has been in power for more than 50 years, over its immigration policies.The peaceful rally was staged in response to a recent government policy paper which predicted that foreigners could account for nearly half of the island’s population in less than 20 years.

The Singaporean government revealed last month that it expected its population to increase by 30% to between 6.5 million and 6.9 million by 2030, with foreigners making up 45% of that number. Apparently Singaporeans aren’t having nearly enough babies so immigration is needed to help offset the low birth rate as well as their aging population.

Now, as a former Singapore resident, I have nothing but hatred for the country, but apparently there are flocks of Asians wanting to get in to the already crowded island nation. But Singaporeans aren’t having any of that. Many of them blame immigration for rises in property prices and living costs. And they just don’t like outsiders (who does?).

It’s true that the cost of living is ridiculous ($10+ for a bottle of beer?!) and renting an apartment will likely bankrupt you. It’s also true that there is an epidemic of dengue fever and health care is NOT cheap or well-run. And it’s also so that it is already so densely populated with Asians that getting a seat on the Metro is the equivalent of winning the lottery.  So all in all, a lovely place. Low taxes though.

With any luck, the rally will encourage the government to limit the amount of immigrants and foreigner workers. Not to preserve Singapore’s national identity, but for their own sake, to protect them from the terribleness that is Singapore.

Via: BBC News

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