21 Jul 2012, 6.06PM
He was borned in 1953 in China...and his family migrated to SIngapore when he was 4 year old.
AT 17 year old, speaking hardly a word of ENglish, he worked as an apprentice in Jurong Shipyard; and after 2 years of training, promoted to fitter grade.
He told me he was called up for full-time National Service (11th intake I think as deferment was allowed due to family hardship then) where he was forced to learn English, especially all the NCO are either Malay SIngaporeans or Indian SIngaporeans then.
He attended part-time courses at ITE and CIDB, upgraded himself all the while.....and eventually his two chidlren grown up and worekd as IT Manager.
AT 59 year old, he said he is studying 'CHemical Industry and Process Technology" part-time at ITE College as he is sitll ambitious to work at Jurong ISland "Oil & Gas" Industry or pharma industry.
I interviewed him yesterday and immediately offered him a job, saying that I preferred to employ an ageing baby-boomer over the odds (about S$1,200 above my budget) instead of a cheep cheep foreign talent.
If SIngapore company does not support meployment of ageing baby-boomer, who will?
He lives in Hougang..and ofc oruse he supports WP; saying when he was in medium-CHinese school, they were all anti-PAP.
SO you see, the detestations and hatreds against PAP are still deeply rooted amongst the CHinese-educated and the dialect-speaking working class Singaporeans...branding PAP as an elitist ENglish-speaking party that compeltely ignored the CHinese-speaking and dialect-speaking working class.
Now, you all ask yourself when you are xenophobic agaisnt that 1.9-million foreign talents when yoru forefatehrs are foreign talents int eh 1950s....and eventually settled dwon in Singapore.
Fast forward to 2012..if that gentleman, Mr X, arrives in SIngapore as a 4 year odl from China or India or Phillippine or Myanmar or Vietnam.........
WIl you all still welcome as SIngapore did in 1957 without a whim of xenophobia being exhibited now?
Xenophobia is defined as an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries or as an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange. It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner," and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear."
Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an "uncritical exaltation of another culture" in which a culture is ascribed "an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality".[
Is SIngaporeans irrational and intolerant towards strangers nowadays?
Like Germans against "guest wrokers" from Turkey?
Like French and Italian turning against "guest workers" from North Africa?
Or English compaining "too many Poles or Eastern Europeans" in UK?