3 challenges for S'pore to tackle: Addressing anxieties over foreigners, while staying open

Covid-19 has strained fault lines in society and brought up difficult issues Singapore needs to deal with, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day message on Sunday. Insight looks at the three issues he cited: lifting the lot of lower-wage workers, addressing anxieties over foreigners, and managing concerns on race and religion.

The Government is addressing these anxieties, and has to adjust its policies to manage the quality, numbers and concentrations of foreigners here.
The Government is addressing these anxieties, and has to adjust its policies to manage the quality, numbers and concentrations of foreigners here.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Turning inwards is against Singapore's fundamental interests, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The country needs to complement its local workforce with talent from around the world. Only then can more firms invest here and create more jobs for Singaporeans.

Naturally, citizens become worried about competition for jobs when the number of work pass holders is large. They may feel unfairly treated when they miss out on being hired or promoted.

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