Friendly and warm people

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 August, 1996, 12:00am

I refer to the rather strong opinions of the letter from 'Name and Address Supplied', headlined, 'Think carefully before moving to Lion City' (South China Morning Post, August 22). As a Singaporean who has stayed here for five years, and six years in San Francisco, I admire Hong Konger's aggressiveness and broad-mindness. As such, I am sorry to learn that the writer viewed the ads and exhibitions put up recently as an act on the part of the Singapore Government to snatch intelligent brains from Hong Kong.

It is a fact that Hong Kongers treat Singapore, aside from the US and Canada as a favourite country for immigration. The recent propaganda was an effort to provide a better picture to those who might be interested in going to Singapore. As a fast-developing country which is keen for further progress, we tend to want to be more high-profile than the US and Canada. Yes, no doubt every country needs bright individuals to contribute to its society, as in the 'professional' status adopted in many countries' immigration schemes. Why accuse only Singapore of doing so? Furthermore, to accuse Singaporeans of only accepting Hong Kongers in our country is because of first, the large investments pouring in from Hong Kong, and second as an effort to maintain our ethnic Chinese population which we have been losing to the Western countries is rubbish.

Singaporeans can be friendly and warm people. We tend to be too direct and blunt at times, but with no bad intentions. Aside from its rigid social and economic system, Singapore provides job opportunities and a majority Chinese society that Western countries cannot offer. Competition leads to excellence, and is prominent in every country.