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  • Sep 22, 2014
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Singapore protesters hit out at immigration and labour policies

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 May, 2014, 1:07am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 May, 2014, 1:07am

Hundreds of Singaporeans rallied yesterday to denounce the government's immigration and labour policies amid a fresh wave of anti-foreigner sentiment in the city state.

Protesters, estimated to number around 400, wore black headbands with the words "Protect Singaporean Rights" in red as they chanted slogans against the long-ruling People's Action Party.

Protest leader Gilbert Goh, an employment counsellor, said the rally was intended to display Singaporeans' continued dissatisfaction with the large foreign population in the city.

"When we speak up for the country, we are branded as xenophobes," he said. "I am doing all this for my country. I am willing to die for my country."

Goh, however, dropped plans to ask rally participants to deface a poster of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after receiving a stern warning from police officers.

Singaporeans make up just over 60 per cent of the country's 5.4 million population. Its low fertility rate forces the republic to rely heavily on guest workers to power its economy.

The protest took place at a designated free-speech park amid a wave of attacks in social media directed at the Filipino community over a planned festival celebrating Philippine Independence Day in June along busy Orchard Road.


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wow! protests and demonstrations in spore! who would have thought!
well done spore...
finally..the road toward free speech.
Xenophobia is always an ugly thing. LKY, now with a frail health, has said many times that in view of the low birth rate in Singapore, despite some measures to promote it, the City-State needs foreign work force to continue its incredible successes. In the last couple of years the Singapore government has applied powerful measures to reduce the need of foreign workers, but it seems that some extremists are no satisfied at all and never will be.
Is Switzerland then too "Xenophobic"? What is in your opinion the "acceptable" rate (in percentage) of foreign work force that the country will not be labeled as "xenophobic"? What if the imported foreign labour force works for 20% of the salary the locals do and takes away jobs from locals? What if they do not work at all and live on social benefits only (scandinavia for example, where it is all about rights but nothing about responsibilities)? It's so easy to play the racist and xenophobia cards isn't it? Can the locals defend their rights at all without being "Xenophobic"?


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