As Easter Island’s tourist industry has taken off, Chileans have moved from the mainland to live here, opening hotels, bars and restaurants. They now outnumber the Rapa Nui – the original Easter Islanders of Polynesian descent. That has created tensions. Mr Pakarati describes the islanders as “victims of indiscriminate immigration” from Chile which, culturally, has little in common with the island.
The troubled Canadian pop prince posted a snap of him at Yasakuni shrine on his Instagram account — tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers — with the message “Thank you for your blessings”. The shrine is seen across Asia as a symbol of Japan’s perceived lack of penitence for its imperialist past.
With an increasing number of foreigners coming here, the respective communities are beginning to exert their influence in Singapore to serve their own interests. Filipinos are one of the largest communities in Singapore and it appears that a number of them are thinking of building a ‘second’ Philippines here, judging from some of the comments posted on the popular pinoysg forum.
According to the 2012 statistics from the Philippines overseas employment administration (POEA), Singapore hired over 172,000 Filipinos in 2012. This is the 3rd most number of Filipinos hired overseas. In 1st place was Saudi Arabia and 2nd was the UAE. POEA is a Philippines government agency which tracks the status of overseas Filipino workers. The above table was taken from their most recent statistics report and it shows the top 10 countries that hired Filipino workers in the years 2008 to 2012.
It is no secret that Singapore is overwhelmed with foreign workers. The common justification is that foreigners are ‘cheaper, better, faster’ than locals. Hence, it makes economic (business) sense for companies to hire foreigners over locals. On the other hand, it is also no secret that many locals are unemployed or underemployed. The common belief is that at least partially, it is caused by the availability of too many foreign workers.
The answer is no, or not yet. Our Sampan is still looking good and still good to load in more and more passengers. It is like Noah loading the animals for a journey instructed by God. Fill them up! The captain is very confident that this Sampan would not sink even if it is loaded with 6.9m, and more when the need comes. Maybe by then another hull will be added to turn it into a catamaran, safe, stable and sound.
Mdm Selvi Narayanasamy, the mother of the late Dinesh Raman who died in prison, has reached a settlement agreement with the government. She is withdrawing all allegations of prison officer assault and abuse. In a joint statement, Mdm Selvi and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) explained that Mdm Selvi is dropping all allegations. The statement explained that it is accepted that Dinesh's death was due to the negligence of Deputy Superintendent Lim Kwo Yin, who was found guilty of negligence and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 in July of last year.
Dr Wong claims that since we have no natural resources, our growth has to depend entirely on manpower. But almost all First World nations have little or no natural resources, why is their growth so different from ours? If they can grow their economies with their existing people, why can’t we? Is it because the leadership of this country is incapable of leading the country’s growth through innovation and creativity that it must resort to importing large numbers of foreign labour instead?