Singapore will continue to seek professional and working class foreigners to be a better country, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has said.
He also dismissed Singaporean concerns about foreigners working in the country and competing with Singaporeans, saying it would be better to have someone doing the job that Singaporeans are not willing to do, according to local media reports.
Addressing some 400 people attending Singapore’s Young Sikh Association forum yesterday, Teo reiterated the government stand on foreigners, saying Singaporeans needs to attract foreign professionals and foreign workers.
He said: “Some work here and go back. They make a contribution to Singapore and they earn a decent living for themselves.”
“Others come here to work for longer periods of time, and finally others, they come here and they finally decide to sink roots.”
“And they hope over time to become like you and me,” the Channel News Asia quoted Teo as saying.