The current company I work for tried hiring locals for over a year for 2 positions. Not one person was qualified. Worse still, those that were quite qualified began asking about travelling business class and asking for parking privileges.
WTF! They didn't even get the job and already started to state demands. Locals. The 2 that that moved from overseas to get the positions gave up their lives and moved. They love it here and have integrated so well it's unbelievable.
Another case. Local guy fresh out of university was given the chance of a lifetime. A good salary but working in Tuas. He lives near Bt Timah. Turned down the offer.Why? "Tuas too far la bro. Must wake up 6am go to work".