50,770 new citizens/PRs in 2015?


Involve new citizens in all aspects of local life

I refer to the article “New citizens need to get involved in all aspects of local life: Josephine Teo” (Channel NewsAsia, Apr 13).

20,815 new citizens & 29,955 new PRs?

It states that “There were 20,815 new citizens, and 29,955 new Permanent Residents (PRs) in 2015, as the Government kept its “calibrated pace of immigration””.

Compared to the 20,348 new citizens and 29,854 new PRs in 2014 – this is an increase of 2.3 and 0.3 per cent respectively.

552,906 new citizens & PRs from 2007 – 2015?

This brings the total number of new citizens and PRs granted from 2007 to 2015, to 174,166 and 378,740  respectively.

700 locals’ jobs’ growth vs 50,770 new citizens/PRs?

As there were only 700 locals’ jobs’ growth last year compared to the 31,600 foreign jobs’ growth – how many of the 700 locals’ jobs went to Singaporeans given that there were 50,770 new citizens and PRs?

How many S’poreans have to compete with new citizens/PRs?

Does it also mean that many Singaporeans may have lost their jobs (700 locals’ jobs’ growth!) as the bulk of the 50,770 new citizens and PRs may be having or competing for jobs too?

And mind you – this may be on top of the competition from foreign workers.

Reciprocate trust with more transparency?

Since the people have given their trust and mandate – shouldn’t we reciprocate by being more transparent?

Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.