NON-S'POREAN POPULATION HITS ALL TIME HIGH?

I refer to the article ”Singapore population hits 5.54m but growth slowest in a decade” (Channel NewsAsia, Sep 30).

It states that ”The number of non-residents — largely comprised of foreigners working here and their families, as well as students — rose by 2.1 per cent to 1.63 million, slower than the 2.9 per cent growth the previous year.”

39% non-Singaporeans?

After adding the 530,000 permanent residents (PRs) – does it mean that the non-Singaporean population has reached an all time high of 39 per cent?

153,923 new citizens

As to ”There were about 20,000 new citizens last year” – if we make an adjustment for the 153,923 new citizens granted from 2007 to 2014 – does it mean that about 42 per cent may not be true-blue Singaporeans?

Why no Singaporeans’ employment growth?

As to ”Measures taken by the Government to mitigate the inflow of foreigners saw foreign employment growth – excluding maids – slowing after reaching a high of 77,000 in 2011-2012. It fell to 60,000 in 2012-2013, then declined further to 33,000 a year later and to 23,000 in 2014-2015″ – why is there no corresponding statistics for Singaporean workers’ employment growth for the same periods?

Was foreign employment growth more than two times that of Singaporeans’ employment growth?

What is the percentage of non-Singaporean workers (excluding new citizens) in the total workforce? About 47 per cent?

Reciprocate trust with more transparency?

Since the people have given their trust and mandate – shouldn’t we reciprocate by being more transparent?

Leong Sze Hian

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