The Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that without foreign workers, Singapore would not have attracted S$3.7 billion in wafer fab investment as well as created more jobs for Singaporeans.
According to the statistics quoted, the IM Flash Singapore Nand Flash Wafer Fab currently employs 1,200 workers, of which six in 10 are Singaporean residents: a term that covers citizens and permanent residents.
The blogsphere is abuzz with speculation that there are more PRs than S’poreans in the ratio. If it were otherwise, surely he would say so, they argue. Sumething in that, I have to admit.
Why doesn’t someone write to the company and ask for these details? Ideally our “constructive, nation-building” should do the asking on this matter of public interest?
The company may refuse to give the data, fuelling suspicions further but at least it cannot hide under the excuse that it does not have the data.
On the national level, that is the excuse. A few years ago, in answer to a parliamentary question, the then Minister of Manpower, Ng Eng Hean, said that MOM data collection methods could not distinguish between PRs and citizens, hence the use of the term “S’pore residents”.