Read a very good commentary in TODAY newspaper. The writer Terence Chong shares sharp insights on the issues and implications of the Government’s plan to up our population to 6.9 million.
Here is an extract of what he wrote:”According to the White Paper, “Singaporeans form the core of our society and the heart of our nation. To have a strong and cohesive society, we must have a strong Singaporean core”.
But with Singaporeans making up only 3.8 million of the projected 6.9 million, or half of the total population, it is uncertain if this core will be stable or not, or whether it will even be identifiable.
While it may be true that identity and values are things that are constantly evolving, if one out of two people in Singapore is a foreigner, local identities and values will evolve at a rate so accelerated that it will cause strong anxiety and insecurity among core Singaporeans.
The rate of incoming foreigners will be unprecedented, especially in relation to the island-state’s small population size.
The proportion of citizens to foreigners may take the country past the tipping point where the idea of Singapore will grow increasingly ambiguous, and thus consign the nation-building project to a constant state of arrested development.
SENSE OF LOSS
The integration process, comprising only of state-sponsored institutions such as the People’s Association or interested individuals like Integration and Naturalisation Champions, is also woefully inadequate.
This is because there are already psychological forces at play that cause anxiety over immigrants. One of these is the worry over limited national resources…”