Singaporeans: Need to spend at least $20,000 and study hard for 3-4 years to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.

Foreign Talents: Only need $800 and 30 minutes to buy a degree from degree mills. The degree can be Bachelor, Masters or Phd, depending on what employees want.

Singaporeans: Market changes easily, the degree obtained from NUS/NTU might not be relevant. Cannot afford to spend another 3-4 years studying.

Foreign Talents: The so-called degrees can always be up-to-date as you can buy any type you like.

Singaporeans: Male graduates need to serve NS every year until they are 40 years old. To employees, this is an unnecessary disruption to work.

Foreign Talents: No need to serve NS.

Singaporeans: Graduates cannot afford to have a below $2,000 starting pay as there is a need to pay for the study loans and CPF contributions.

Foreign Talents: No need to pay for study loans and CPF (unless PR). Even PRs pay a very low CPF contribution for the first few years. Hence they can accept much lower starting pay.

Singaporeans: Cannot easily fake qualifications as all their information is already captured with their NRIC. Each ministry can easily obtain the information via NRIC – if they want, they can even know your full PSLE and GCE results.

Foreign Talents: Can easily fake qualifications as there is no (and will not be) a central body in Singapore to check. Even if they get caught, they can still work in a stat board like IDA.

Singaporeans: Don’t pay money in the form of kick-backs for employment as the fear is that if they get caught, they would be doomed in Singapore with a criminal record.

Foreign Talents: Happily pay kick-backs to get employment. There is no fear as even if they get caught, once back to their own country, everything can start afresh.

Singaporeans: You will be shamed in the media if you break your bond.

Foreign Talents: Nothing will happen. This is the situation when we have a 5.5-million population and Singaporeans already cannot compete fairly. Can you handle this situation when it will be 6.9 million as stated in the Population White Paper?

Peter Lim

Check Also

Scammers In Singapore Pose As King Charles To ‘Give You Money’

Scamming is becoming a norm these days. We had MOH, SPF, and now there's even one posing as the English royal family!