Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Not All Are Privileged

A few months ago, there was a lot of hoo-haa over the White Paper. I can't help but to ponder on why do we have an influx of immigrants? The reasons were clear. There were no one to fill in the jobs like being a waiter, telesales person, and what not. It seems too easy to agree on this justification but I think with a little bit more input, more can be done to educate the underprivileged locals to fill in these jobs because there are indeed able bodied locals who yearn for a job.

I am not against having foreigners around here for investing their time, money and sweat to fill in the jobs in Singapore because there are some who are picky - especially the educated ones who demand more income than they deserve and when they patronize your business, they demand more service from your foreign employees. That's what most Singaporeans mentality has become. Just look at their comments on online articles.

We must start appreciating what is around us, wake up from our slumber, and stand on our own feet. If you think that the government is giving a little tad too much to our foreign friends, then act like one. Most foreigners who come here are enthusiastic, cheerful and hardworking on top of having their own family commitments. That's right, some of them do get married here, breed and pay taxes. What about us? Pessimistic much?

You have a choice on whether to see this country half full or half empty.

Sure, the public transport now seem less efficient and packed, roads are getting more congested, and other resources need to be shared but haven't we seen that this is how far we have come since the day our forefathers came in? Our forefathers too were foreigners. So if anything around your life is screwed up because of these factors, don't blame the foreigners, blame the company who runs them! Either way, the track will still breakdown due to poor maintanence. Erm, isn't Singapore corporations are supposed to be effective and kilat as we preach? And we still dare to compare ourselves with other countries.

I also don't understand why do we blame everything on the government and be too reliant on them. What, just because we pay too much taxes we think they should sweep our streets? Some of us fail to open our eyes and see that even in other countries, they are facing the similar problems too. If you really hate the government, you only have yourself to blame because it seems like you rooted for the wrong guy. Otherwise, what is the purpose of having voting rights? Here's a lame example but if you hate vanilla ice cream why do you even get them in the first place?

I hope my fellow Singaporeans can be more accepting of the foreigners here. They too commute and live the same way you do. They drive on the same road, travel by same train and walk on the same path as you. You think they'd be comfortable squeezing and have their personal space intruded in a bus? Sure, there are certain things that they do that irks me but that's because we fail to educate our visitors just like how we were educated. We too have to set an exemplary behavior and not have that "If he can spit everywhere, so can I" attitude

Rather than focusing too much on the influx of immigrants, let's look at our own people who probably has the drive, but lack the privilege unlike most of us.

video
(Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrowingUpwithLess)

I recommend you to watch this video and reflect on our own attitude towards life. I am just saying. We tend to look after our own wants after our needs at the expense of our happiness. Hmm... It seems like they become stronger than most of us are. They are such go-getters which I'm very fond of.

Check out Growing Up With Less channel on YouTube, there's more than one video. Duh!

I hope local businesses and other multi-national companies can do their part by looking out for them. Well, they live in a block, what's so hard about finding a bunch of unemployed people? You can even bypass recruitment agencies whose applicants submit their resume one time and have their fingers crossed forever for a job.

I think, underprivileged people have feelings too. They don't want to feel like they keep on receiving because they want the opportunity to earn them, not just get.

On my part, I will definitely support and patronize those kind of business who's not only profit driven, but who hires these kind of people because I can be sure they have invested in training and putting up with their difficulty.

That way, I think the employment rate will definitely go lower, and we can talk about having immigrants to fill the rest of the vacant jobs. These are just my thoughts and opinion. You are entitled to your own.