November 10, 2009

i know i’m courting trouble again, but you cannot be serious.

Filed under: Uncategorized — theinkhorn @ 11:37 pm

Enter Mr Gilbert Goh. Born Singaporean, currently residing in Sydney, Australia(as he so clearly mentions). Mr Goh has written about encouraging foreign talent to stay in Singapore and “contribute to Singapore, in terms of skills and talent”. Makes sense, doesn’t it. In fact, the entire article reads like wisdom on a web page. Well written, properly phrased, impeccable english, condescending tone… He’s really got the full package.

“It would be ideal if these foreigners remain in Singapore and become citizens here, so that they have a stake in the success of our country as well.”

“Those who come and go will not really help propel Singapore in the long term.”

“… many Singaporeans have left the country for seemingly greener pastures.”

Yeah, he’s got it going on. Oh wait a minute, whats this…

Restrict foreign worker inflow? Hey… That’s not right. It’s the same guy. Same command of english, same condescending tone, same “Sydney, Australia” sign off.

Yeah yeah, sure, they are two completely different articles. Article one is about “foreign talent” and article two is about “foreign worker”, “foreigners with criminal records”, basically illegal immigrants and prostitutes. But hey, are they not all trying to make a living? I understand, Mr Goh, your biasness towards expats since you probably consider yourself one(you are, by definition), but a little subtlety would be much appreciated. Both articles were written almost exactly one year apart, so either you’ve had a major epiphany within the last year, or something’s really wrong here.

The law is the law, and more than anyone else, I understand that fact perfectly. They have entered on illegal grounds, made a career out of spreading disease and to some extent, unemployment, and they’ve even committed murder. But when you think about it, don’t you think that if they had the means, if they could afford to move here legally, take a full-time, permanent and well-paying job, do you not think they would? As much as it pains me to admit, Singapore is a pretty awesome place. For about the first 5 years, at least.

Mr Goh, you have been allowed the privilege to leave this country and start a whole new life somewhere else. I read that you’ve worked in China as well. So you’re well-travelled. Surely you must understand the plight of people who dream of moving to a foreign land, making money and starting a family, and a new life, but are too financially challenged to do so. And, like a typical Singaporean migrant, you take pride, a little too much in my opinion, that you are able to do what most of us aren’t.

If a man chooses to succumb to the lures of prostitution, it is his fault. If old men choose to drink their livers silly because a young, attractive female manages to convince them to, it is their fault. It just seems to me, that you have implied, perhaps unintentionally, that in contrast to their counterparts with fake passports, expats don’t cause any harm.

Pick out any Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese student from SMU, or MDIS, and there is a possibility that their lives could have been exactly like those “young foreign girls below the age of 20 working in coffee shops”. But they’re not, because they have been privileged enough to have parents willing to pay for them to attend a foreign university, and to send allowance every month.

It is a privilege, not a right. I am, by no means, advocating the entry of immigrants via illegal means, nor do i support them, at serious risk of sounding like a white-trash red neck, taking our jobs. But isn’t that what expats do. The only difference is they can afford to be here legally. The only difference is YOU can afford to be there.



    Keep writing!

    Comment by you know me =) — November 10, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

  2. I missed your writing! As always, awesome. :)

    Comment by Georgia — November 11, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  3. you know me =): if that is a reference to southpark, then… mark?

    Georgia: thank you georgia. its been awhile.

    Comment by theinkhorn — November 12, 2009 @ 12:34 am

  4. spot on…

    Comment by Porkey — November 16, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

  5. you’re porky no more my friend.

    Comment by theinkhorn — November 16, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

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