What SMS is trying to tell you is that previously, it was easier to get PR. But, then Indian Nationals started flooding Singapore with PR requests, not because they really wanted to live permanently in Singapore but because they wanted to use Singapore PR as a stepping stone to get to another country and get PR there... think Australia, Canada, and the USA.
So, you pay the price. The Singapore government is now very wary of Indian Nationals. They have no way of knowing whether you legitimately are going to stay in Singapore or if you are just one more person passing through.
Thanks for clarifying that, but here are my personal opinion .
We can hardly call it a dirty trick.
People migrate of all sorts of reason, mostly to make their life better, may be better opportunity, more safety, more wealth etc. As of 2012 around 200K singaporeans are living abroad, with the most being in Australia, why? because they have better opportunity and life somewhere else. Can we blame them for living in the country for making their lives better with not having an intention of living there permanently? I sure cant. Every country which has a PR system has it because they have something to gain and people who take up PR in other countries also have something to gain. Both parties weight their pros and cons. So we are not giving anything for free.
I dont think Singapore government was that naive to expect all PR's to take up citizenship, for that matter I dont think any government do.
But I do understand the point that they are trying to get people out who don't want to live here permanently. But they could have done in a better way and a bit more transparent than not giving spouses and kids PR and forcing them out. That is not a Singapore which I defended.
They should have thought about people who lived their entire working life in SG, people for whom the thought of leaving SG never crossed their minds. They are now having think twice.
I can apply for Citizenship, if I have a son, I can send him for military service, and do all the things people here say, but as they are not transparent on what they want what if even after another 10 years my wife is still on LTVP, or worse they stop giving LTVP, what if they dont want any more Indian nationals?
If at all they could be more transparent.