Schizo is one way to put it, I see it as plain shooting themselves in the foot.
Like with the schooling thing I mentioned in this or another thread, where everyone was up in arms about giving locals first crack at admissions, which is not totally hard to understand. But who loses?
From where I'm sitting I see heated responses without considering the ramifications. Win the battle, lose the war. And it's not even a battle or a war, things are not even necessarily opposing. But fight like it is and it becomes a war, and the victory Pyrrhic.
So ok, the foreign kids get the crumbs of choice for schools. Now those kids can only go to lesser schools, thanks the the ridonculous system here that rewards robotic rote learners. The vast majority of foreign parents of those kids, whose companies do not
pay for schooling, can not afford International School
, so they are left with what choice? The answer is - Hong Kong. Among other answers.
So who loses? Singapore as a country from less people wanting to come here, Singaporean school kids from a more international community and for some their only real-life chance to interact with it, and the companies who set up shop here who won't continue to be able to attract and / or retain foreign workers.
On the latter point, I know of some people for whom that became a deal breaker, and is why they're planning to leave.
The foreigners are forced into a battle they never wanted and the locals win them out of their schools, the foreigners don't really lose anything that they can't get back home, in Hong Kong, or elsewhere.
I guess the only thing the foreigners loose is the chance to have their kids go to school with Singaporeans, which, sorry to say, somehow is not really losing anything?
movingtospore wrote:The government, oops I mean the major daily paper, has started running a series on how much foreigners add to SP. Interesting, wondering how they're going to manage that at the same time they try to reduce the number of EPs granted etc. It's schizo....