Local NTU student questions why foreigners enjoy better lives than him

By Angry Singaporean

My son finished National Service last year and entered Nanyang Technological university (NTU)’s Engineering 2nd year program as he was a polytechnic graduate. He has been staying in the hostel and interacting with most of his foreign friends.

For many years he has been apathetic towards politics and was rather pro-PAP like his mother and always felt I was too negative and even xenophobic. In the last 6 months it seems his views have been challenged and his support for PAP is wavering, though he is still too proud to admit it.

He has begun to question and discuss with his NTU Singaporean friends the consequences of importing too many folks from other countries. Now he realizes that these foreigners enjoy scholarships, free boarding and meals plus $400 monthly allowances while his Dad does not have CPF and has to fork out cold hard cash for his tuition fees and personal expenses.

He even lamented that his sterling NS contribution as a combat fit officer meant little to our government. For the first time, he felt like a 2nd class citizen in his own country where he was once proud to serve and protect with his life!!!

Sometimes, it must hurt us so very intimately before we become acutely aware of the political implications. He has come a long way to even say that we now badly need an opposition in politics to check excessive pro-foreigners policies and told me a lot of his friends who will be voting for the first time have decided to vote against PAP simply because of their vested personal interests as they hear more and more horror stories of PMETs being retrenched and driving taxis.

He admits he has little confidence in his future working as an engineer with the PAP as government and doesn’t want to be a 2nd class engineer on top of being a 2nd class citizen. I am thankful at least NTU has really given my son a true education by means of an explicit negative demonstration day in and out.

This was reproduced with permission from editors of The Real Singapore.


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