National security threat: Documentary or immigration?

September 15, 2014
Singapore Democrats

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Singapore Democrats

The ban of Ms Tan Pin Pin’s film To Singapore, With Love is most unfortunate. The excuse given by the MDA that the decision was based on national security grounds defies reason especially when taken together with the PAP’s immigration policy.$CUT$

The SDP has said before that the large number of foreigners allowed into Singapore over a compressed period does not allow these nationals to assimilate into our social and cultural fabric.

This, per se, raises serious national security concerns.

Without a measured approach to immigration, we could be blindsided by developments of which a single incident could ignite and quickly spin out of control. The riot in Little India last year is but one example.

And even if we did react promptly, our actions could be severely constrained by the sheer number of the nationals and the political-diplomatic pressures exerted by their governments.

Thus far, we have been fortunate that no such incident has yet taken place. We are, however, tempting fate as the PAP continues to increase the number of foreigners entering this country despite the fact that we are already the third most densely populated country in the world.

No one is asking the Government to close our borders to foreigners. It is the execution of our immigration policy that is cause for concern. It should not have to be said that influx of foreign nationals must be weighed against national security considerations.

And yet, the party is minded to ban a documentary about Singaporeans – a group including lawyers, medical professionals and elected MPs – who have been away from the country for nearly half-a-century based on, it insists, national security concerns.

The danger that confronts Singapore is that a party that has been in power for as long as the PAP has, feels a sense of entitlement and arrogates to itself the right to do anything to protect its power even at the expense of the country.

These two issues of the screening of a documentary and the mass immigration of foreign nationals perfectly illustrate this point: The former threatens no one (but perhaps the PAP) while the latter is where the real threat to national security resides.

And yet, the film is banned but foreigners continue to flood the island.