Saturday, January 22, 2011

Meritocracy...

...and practising what you preach.

For so many years meritocracy has been the principle on which our society has been built on. A better education, better CV and better performance means better rewards. But when foreigners come in and outdo our own children then its not fair anymore. Why?

Most of us are descendants of early immigrants. The present FTs are the modern version of our ancestors. The difference? Most of those taking the high-paying jobs are those that are really talented people (or the company employing them think so anyway) while those taking the low-paying jobs are here because alot of Singaporeans don't like shift jobs or cannot accept the meagre pay. But we complain anyway. Because that is the Singapore way of life.

I'm not supportive of a strategy that continuously rely on immigrants but unless something is done to replace the population fast enough we are in some really deep shit.

4 comments:

Gweipo said...

What are FT's?

WhiteDuskRed said...

Hi Gweipo,

FTs are foreign talents. There's this great influx of foreigners in Singapore. With the bomming economy and all, its expected but competition is stepping on the tail of a good too many people...

"Just Me" said...

Like I said before, there are the right FT and the undesirable FT. The govt will never stamp out these foreign born people who used us as ëducation platform and the rest of the world as their home. The lack of community spirit and the increasing resentfulness only makes sg increasingly an undesirable place to have kids, which again comes back to the chic and egg question...then again I think sg people are also getting increasingly greedy...if they are not millionaires, they seem to think that their salary is not enough...they havent seen poverty like people in HK...then they will realise what is truly "making ends meet."

YTSL said...

My two cents as someone who for much of my life has lived and worked abroad...

Wherever I have been, I have tried to interact with the local population and hope that I have been a useful member of society. The thing though is that in some societies, it's easier to feel a part of a community (that includes foreigners as well as locals) than others. And how much or little I feel a part of that community plays a part in how much or little I want to be there for.

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