PM Lee Hsien Loong’s comments on FTs get slammed by netizens

In an interview broadcast yesterday (2 Aug) night, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed different areas of concerns regarding the nation, but the drama got real when PM Lee talked about foreign talents in Singapore.


PM Lee mentioned during the interview that the government will make the best possible decisions for Singaporeans and the country on foreign talents.

“It is our job to think of these issues and to make the best decisions which we can, in our judgment, on your behalf. And to account to you and say that, to the best of my ability, this is what I have decided I have to do,”

He added on that he is striving his best for Singaporeans.

“And you may agree with it, you may not agree with it, but I can tell you in complete honesty that I am trying my best to do this on your behalf. And I cannot avoid doing this, otherwise, I think, I will be letting you down. “

Lastly, PM Lee reinforced that his responsibility is to Singaporeans, not to foreign workers.

“If I did not think it makes sense for you, why should I want to do this? I do not owe hundreds of millions of potential foreign workers from around the world an obligation. I owe Singaporeans a responsibility.”

Netizens, however, aren’t convinced with what PM Lee has to say and some even bring up the topic of the upcoming General Election (GE) into the picture.

MustShareNews does what we do best, by compiling 10 hot comments from netizens: 

Election drama

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Stating the obvious much

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Not quite sure if this netizen understands the comments or is just commenting the obvious.

Because everything is Pay And Pay PAP’s fault

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One does not simply forget that Singapore is a fishing village

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The Roy Ngerng inspired

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Discovering PAP’s election strategy

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This comment was on point that even PM Lee was impressed.

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Oppa Gangnam PAP style

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Master of election language

So where can we sign up for Election Language 101?

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Election The Movie is coming soon in cinemas near you

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What a dumb suggestion

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This netizen has clearly been reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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Sum Up

Despite what netizens have to say, PM Lee has reduced the numbers of foreign talents in Singapore from 80,000 in 2011 to 26,000 in 2014. Further, a minimum income of $3,000 is required before attaining a pass to work here.

With these measures, only qualified professionals will be able to work along with Singaporeans.

If Singaporeans are still persistent to foreign talents, ask this to yourself; how long can we last without foreign talents with the growing ageing population and low fertility rate?


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With references from The Straits Times and The Straits Times Facebook