Let's ignore for a moment that he was the first to penalise Singaporeans for having more kids if they fall short of his graduate mother expectations. He may deny authorship for nipping the procreative drive, but he cannot evade responsibility for the alien invasion. They brought in the foreign elements, temporal sojourners who were supposed to leave town after the infrastructure was built, but chose to stay and started to crowd out the locals. No wonder original citizens are a dying breed.
The Saturday story of the Brit who's "active in grassroots and political work", is not exactly the best of shiny examples about the new citizens and their social ethos. Relocated here at age 18 when his father was hired by Singapore Polytechnic in 1985, he left to join the Royal Marines after 2 years of schooling at ACJC. A kneecap injury washed him out of the elite commando force and his ambition to bear arms for Her Majesty's Service. He returned to Singapore to try his luck in theatre and television. If he had gone to Hongkong, he would have to bear with the acronym for Failed In London Try Hongkong.
After settling down to married life in 1994, it was another 7 years before he became permanent resident in 2001. He cited his homemaker wife as excuse for not making the commitment as citizen. A move back to Britain or elsewhere was still in the cards. He signed up only in 2011, a long 26 years after landing on our shores. At age 45, his options must have been drastically reduced, his day job is regional sales for a software company. Most first world countries would have demanded specialist skills or a fat bank account.
By his account, when BG Tan Chuan-Jin asked him point blank where he was from originally ("Where are you from?"), he feint confusion, and said Moulmein-Kallang. Having turned his back on his country of birth, can such be counted to defend his country of adoption?
The official spin has always been that foreign talents bring along special skills and are here to create jobs. Truth is often stranger than fiction.