Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong can be a real pussycat when foreigners Gripe. His Mr Hyde persona is reserved for mild mannered Singaporean sheep.
The EP holder who initiated the "Singapore to Expel 10% of Permanent Residents" thread in ExpatSingapore wrote these in the closing lines of his post:
"As an example, I cannot imagine the best way to start a life-long loving commitment and marriage is for the marriage proposal to be: "Marry me, or I will kill you". " Singaporeans have been arrested for using a less provocative metaphor.
Goh has to be seriously engaged in back pedalling now, trying desperately to swallow his own ill conceived words, "If they don't (take up Singapore citizenship), then their PR will not be renewed." Especially when his short sightedness nets truisms like this from "an English speaking highly paid professional":
"And there are of course the pragmatic reasons. The piece of paper called a western passport is not just a travel document that opens doors around the world but is also a medical insurance policy, giving me free health care in my homeland if I choose to take it, a social welfare card giving me access to varous social welfare benefits, a pension plan for when I am old, and an education subsidy for my children giving them the right to study in Universities back home (and in our friendly neighbour) at a highly subsidised rate.
If Singapore Inc thinks that any rational human being would give all that up for a Singapore passport, they need to tweak their grip on reality very fast."
But the letter in TODAY from Peter Wadely is puzzling. He lives in Singapore because "I have a Singaporean wife and two Singaporean children". While affirming that "Singapore is my home and I feel loyalty to Singapore," he simultaneously declares for the record, "I am not Singaporean and never will be... Nothing will ever change that". So will his son, who he (claims) is preparing to serve National Service, point his SAR 21 in the right direction? Pity the poor Mrs, "So what am I? A convenient USB port?"
Jurong GRC MP Halimah Yacob is not discouraged. She feels PRs eventually make up their minds if they want to take up citizenship, "Otherwise, we would have a situation where they would stay just to have the best of both worlds."
The lesson from this latest Goh gaffe, and one which Singaporeans should learn from our foreign friends, is best phrased by Kubes:
"Threats don't tend to work well with people who have choices, especially when one of the options is to remove all choice."