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Integrating FTs: It’s our problem now cont’d

In Infrastructure, Political economy, Political governance on 02/05/2012 at 5:50 am

Remember a few days ago I ranted abt the comment by DPM Teo* that, “Singapore needs to pay extra attention to facilitating the new immigrants who are ready to sink roots here, so that they integrate into society more quickly … urged Singaporeans to do their part to make newcomers feel welcome, and to help them imbibe the values that have made Singapore strong as a society”? It was the fault of the governing PAP, so it should fix it, not pass it on to us.

Well this morning, while scanning thru BBC Online, the following comment by France’s president leapt at me,  “Our system of integration doesn’t work. Why? Because before we were able to integrate those who were received on our territory, others arrived. Having taken in too many people, we paralysed our system of integration.”

In view of DPM’s Teo  passing-the-parcel, our problematic MRT system, crowded buses, and expensive public housing one could say that his words describe what has happened here.

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*I think he is one of our “betterest” ministers along with Tharman, Khaw and VivianB (so long as you keep him away from the poor and needy and give him engineering tasks). Gan, Chan and Tan seem to be coming along nicely.

  1. [...] – At Peace With Freedom: Foreigner problem – inside out – Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Integrating FTs: It’s our problem now cont’d – SG-Quitters: The Last of the Native [...]

  2. In Australia and New Zealand, you will be arrested if you bring in a plant or animal into the country without proper quarantine (aka acclimatisation procedure).
    Now you introduce 1 million foreigners without a well-thought-through integration plan.
    So much for milliondollar talented ministers.

  3. The French President can admit mistakes – at the worst, he can always go back to his previous job without a decrease from his minister’s pay. The private sector cannot afford our super talents.

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