11 Feb '12, 1am

PM: Bring in more foreign workers in a slowdown

The Singapore economy is slowing down. Manufacturing output contracted for seven straight months since mid-2011. This prompted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to issue this warning: “We are now in a period where incomes will be under pressure at the low-end. I think even in the middle, white-collar workers will also be coming under pressure.” At the same time, however, Mr Lee wants to increase the number of foreign workers in this country. He said that “the more you tighten the inflow, the slower growth is going to be and that’s something Singaporeans will have to understand.” Does this sound right? Already a majority of Singaporeans are concerned about their future job prospects. Recent job fairs at the Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore registered a 30 percent decline in the number of jobs available. And the Government wants to bring...

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