annihilator wrote:jpatokal: could you explain a bit more about the automated passport reader gates? I have just been back to Singapore in February and did not notice anything like that in the airport.
I guess the main thing is I do still feel attachment to Singapore having spent 20 years of my life there. An australian passport will faciliate my intended travelling plans easier though. With respect to work-travel visas etc.
Does anybody know what entitlements do Singapore citizens have as opposed to a foreigner or SPR?
Also, I suppose if I renounce my citizenship and reapply for PR later down the track, they will probably refuse my application?
the automated passport readers look like MRT gantries, except they're dark pink in color and have laser beams in a little glass window to the right.
if holding 2 passports isn't giving you problems, there's no need to give up your singapore passport. you can't get it back once you give it up, and 20 years is a long time to build up kin and friendship.
don't bet on getting PR either.
i don't understand what's so wrong with the singapore passport though - it's as good as any. i think within asia, it's rated #2 after japan, with regards to visa waiver agreements.
have you tried visiting china without a singapore passport?
as singaporeans... um... rights... hmmm. i guess you can vote and stuff.
that sounded so typical. heh. you get to vote for both parliamentary and presidential elections.
your kids become singapore citizens by birth, instead of PRs.
well, you attend tertiary isntitutes for free or with major subsidies, and without having to serve that 3 year bond.
you get public housing subsidies: you can rent or buy any flat. PRs can only buy re-sale flats.
singaporeans get a grant of $40k on the open market, and another $10k if it's within their parents' district.
when you're upgrading your flat, you pay subsidized costs, while PRs pay the full cost for the upgrades.
mortgage rates... something about that which is subsidized... and citizens get to buy any type of landed property
. PRs need to seek permission first.
i understand they're restricted from buying the first 5 levels... or something.
and citizens get all that tax rebates or singapore dollars and GST relief package and CPF top-ups and what not.
citizens' kids also qualify for those baby bonuses, and "productive" singaporean mothers can claim additional tax relief too.
in govt/govt-aided primary and secondary school, no fees. PRs pay full fees. i understand it's about as much as an indepdendent school would charge a singaporean student.
lastly, singaporeans get the right to complain a lot and whine like a baby whenever things don't go their way.