That's a taiji move right there. Somebody else let in the barbarians, not him. Never mind if Yang Yin, MP Intan's grassroots Integration Champion, is feeling the heat right now. The new headache is how to handle the aliens who have settled within the city gates.
We were unfortunate to be seated at the same table as one of those new citizens at a clan dinner, partially funded by the $10 million budget for making foreigners feel welcomed. Husband and wife have been in country for more than 5 years, but they still weren't prepared to converse in English or Singlish, each attempt at polite discourse was responded to in Mandarin. We had to speak their mother tongue. On learning that the guy was a music teacher at a local primary school, the obvious thought that came to mind was whether that was a rare talent not found among Singaporeans. When a quartet of senior ladies took to the stage, he volunteered to lead the impromptu choir, but proceeded to drown out all the female voices with his show-off baritone. Yang Yin is not the only one warming up to the support of fans like Intan and the like.
Fortunately, Singaporeans are not about to start a bash a foreigner a day campaign. Unlike the extremist call by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group to kill all citizens of Western countries taking part in the US-led anti-extremist coalition by any means - with or without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over. “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European - especially the spiteful and filthy French - or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever... including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him,” declared Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman. (AFP, 23 Sep 2014)
Singaporeans are not that xenophobic. Still, it would be nice if the authorities hurry up and deal with the tour guide cum con artiste before it all turns ugly.