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Guest

Postby Guest » Thu, 25 Dec 2003 8:37 pm

said but true :cry:

Guest

Postby Guest » Thu, 25 Dec 2003 9:37 pm

Not to mention: sad, but true ;-)

Guest

Postby Guest » Sun, 28 Dec 2003 5:10 pm

I think dislike against foreigners can take many shapes, such as murderer (Africa),violence and ignorance. Against Singapores law and order background this is not an option. As a result those Singaporean who wish have come up with different ways of voicing their dislike against foreigners. The attempt to irritate foreigners through laughter or giggling is a nice way is it not. It defeats actually their purpose as I cannot imagine that people are irritated by that. Sometimes it might be enough to discover the reason behind certain behaviour. That means people might get irritated as they feel that locals try to irritate them not because the laughter/giggling :idea: irritates them.

Joe

Postby Joe » Sun, 28 Dec 2003 7:00 pm

Hey, lets be more indulgent. It’s a hard time many Sporean with regards to the unemployment situation, which expats obviously do not suffer from.
Second the increasing expat population is beginning to challenge the beliefs and identity of Singaporeans and the way Singaporeans relate to their culture and national identity. I understand that many Singaporeans do not feel comfortable about the increasing influx of expats. Its in some way the marginalizing their culture and way of life. Then again we all have to adapt to the changing demographics. It will take time.

Guest

Postby Guest » Mon, 29 Dec 2003 4:37 pm

There are few countries whose fate is so closely linked to the need of attracting the best brains like Spore. Unfortunately some of those brains are and will be Westeners. Noway Singapore can afford to do without Westeners. There is no room for resentment both need to cooperate and respect each other. If not Singapore will have to pay the price in terms of putting their standard of living at risk. In the first place Singaporean should realize that westeners are a strong driving force to keep their country ahead in the global competition race.
Westeners are an asset to Singapore not a liability.

singi

Postby singi » Mon, 29 Dec 2003 8:09 pm

whatever the case.we also can laugh about expat assets

singi supporter

Postby singi supporter » Mon, 29 Dec 2003 11:11 pm

THUMBS UP COMPATRIOTE

Guest

Postby Guest » Tue, 30 Dec 2003 5:40 pm

Hello Singi-sorry but I think no intelligent mind gonna take you serious. Singi I just can laugh about you being so childish and silly. Grow up man.

hu

Postby hu » Tue, 30 Dec 2003 7:23 pm

Singapore would be much better off without expats as they occupy highly paid posts. Thats why Singaporeans have a problem with that. Some keep quiet others try to make epxats feel that you are not welcome here anymore. You should appreciate that we just resort to things like laughing about you or ignoring you (even though I dont find its the right way,a better is to discuss openly and take measures to employ local people). Happy new year

Guest

Postby Guest » Tue, 30 Dec 2003 7:56 pm

Highly paid posts and low paid jobs. Expatriates, Maids and construction workers make the situation here worse. No wonder that our resentment against is growing.

Laff at yourself

Postby Laff at yourself » Tue, 30 Dec 2003 8:51 pm

I am a local and find that local attitudes like laffing at expats reveals a lack of maturity that is embarassing. If you feel threatened about your situation, go do someting constructive about it, like making yourself useful even you remain unemployed. you will not be employed by laffing at others. Wake up man! :!:

Patriot

Postby Patriot » Wed, 31 Dec 2003 2:14 am

What is this. :?: How can you side westeners instead of being patriotic and stand up for Singapore????????????? :?:
Hardship requires patriotism and we should close ranks. I agree with Singi:the best way to show Expats what we think of them is to laugh about them. :!: Next time think before you make this sort of comments about Singapore Nationals OK.

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Postby jpatokal » Wed, 31 Dec 2003 10:08 am

Patriot, you're assuming that your hardship is being caused by expats. Why do you think so?

cosmopo

Postby cosmopo » Wed, 31 Dec 2003 4:35 pm

Jpatokal I admire your patience to respond in this way but some folks do not want to understand the underlying cause. what better way to simplify a complex and sensitive issue than to find a scapegoat.Too many people voice their opinions to issues where they lack the required background knowledge to engage in an in-depth debate instead they propagate their coffee shop talk by quoting isolated cases. No doubt that there are expats who could be replaced by locals however these isolated cases dont reflect the big picture...not to mention the economic aspects linked to the issue. I feel that the resentment issue is so multi-facetted that the only way to convince those guys is to get to know expats in order to experience first hand how 'bad' we are.
Happy New Year

Guest

Postby Guest » Wed, 31 Dec 2003 5:18 pm

I would like to share a view that might only partly relate to this topic. The impression I got here in Spore is that people in general display higher degrees of jealousy against each other, mentality of back-stabbing and other means of cowardous behaviour/talking. With all due respect I do not intend to blame or pass judgement.And I am not talking so much of having it experienced myself than rather by observing how Singaporean treat each other and talk to each other / behind their backs. I just havent observed it to this degree back home. Its hard to describe and not obvious at first glance (all smiles).


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