Migrant workers in Singapore enjoying their day off. The city state relies heavily on a large population of temporary, low-paid workers. Photo: AP Migrant workers in Singapore enjoying their day off. The city state relies heavily on a large population of temporary, low-paid workers. Photo: AP
Migrant workers in Singapore enjoying their day off. The city state relies heavily on a large population of temporary, low-paid workers. Photo: AP
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Why Singapore is a poor role model for Hong Kong

Philip Bowring says Hong Kong should care little for a social economy propped up by dominant state enterprises and foreign companies, and an underclass of low-skilled migrants

Migrant workers in Singapore enjoying their day off. The city state relies heavily on a large population of temporary, low-paid workers. Photo: AP Migrant workers in Singapore enjoying their day off. The city state relies heavily on a large population of temporary, low-paid workers. Photo: AP
Migrant workers in Singapore enjoying their day off. The city state relies heavily on a large population of temporary, low-paid workers. Photo: AP
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.