Fears over foreign professionals

Time for a deeper rethink of Singapore's foreign worker policy

Beyond pricing, study how to ensure fair job opportunities for Singaporeans and train them to replace foreigners

Most people would agree with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that the country needs foreign workers, including at the top and bottom end, to supplement its local workforce, says the writer. The question is how to be open to foreigners in a way that tu

It takes a crisis like this pandemic to shine a light on some issues and make you see what is really happening.

The foreign worker issue is a good example of this. Before Covid-19, it seemed so obvious that migrant workers from poor countries in the region doing work that Singaporeans were not prepared to do was a cheap and easy way to grow the economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 06, 2020, with the headline 'Time for a deeper rethink of S'pore's foreign worker policy'. Print Edition | Subscribe