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So, why does Singapore make it so damn easy for anyone to come into Singapore, when the other countries would at least ensure that their laws would protect the employability of their citizens, and ensure that even as they enter into agreements with other countries, that other countries also respect their laws? Why can’t Singapore do the same?
I looked at another article on the evaluation between the India and Singapore CECA, and inside, it said that in order for Singapore to “benefit from this relaxed visa regime” to allow for a more liberal movement of labour on both sides, “Singapore must accept Indian professional qualifications in order to benefit” (Chart 7). This explains why that on top of the lax allowance of anyone to enter, the perception that lower standards, in terms of educational qualification, is being allowed into Singapore seems to be on the rise here.
It is no wonder that it has been said that, “India is inclined to take up the CECA model in line with the Indo-Singapore experience wherever possible due to its potential gain in services sector” and that “the Indo-Singapore CECA has been the most successful model agreement, which the Indian negotiators may refer to from time to time during future negotiations” because “the agreement provides for investment liberalization commitments on the part of India on a positive list basis”
In short, Singaporeans are not the ones benefiting from the CECAs and FTAs.
Finally, do you remember Deputy Prime Minister saying that, “It may not be in our interest to provide a detailed breakdown of the numbers of workers and countries of origin of workers in each industry… I think Members understand that there may be some sensitivities with regard to this.”
But the question is – whose interest is this not in, and so, why would the Members of Parliament understand these sensitivities?...if the PAP government is not protecting the Singaporean worker, then who is the government protecting? Or what?
For goodness sake, there are 1 billion people in India. If the PAP government doesn’t already understand this, India is the country with the second largest population of 1 billion in the world and Singapore happens to be one of the smallest countries in the world! Seen in this light, it would’t take a 8-year old to understand how such an overly porous labour and border policy in these agreements is completely unsound, let alone that for a PAP minister to understand. What was the PAP thinking, or actually, what were they not thinking?
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