For better integration, take heed of grouses

For better integration, take heed of grouses

More Singaporeans have been voicing their concerns about foreigners through various channels, such as social media.

The Government should be concerned about such grumblings, and take steps to understand them, so that the issue does not get out of hand.

Many Singaporeans appreciate the hard work and contributions of blue-collar foreign workers.

However, many others, myself included, are increasingly worried that our livelihoods, personal space, and transport and property prices will be negatively affected by the influx of foreigners, especially those who possess tertiary qualifications and are able to compete with our graduates ("Stats show S'poreans not losing out in white-collar jobs"; April 11).

I hope the Government will maintain a fine balance between the needs of our economy and the need to protect Singaporeans' interests.

Perhaps, requiring foreigners working here to attend regular courses on our social norms, our common language and social etiquette would enable them to integrate better with our Singapore culture.

Muhammad Dzul Azhan Haji Sahban


This article was first published on April 21, 2015.
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