Archive for January, 2013

Public Schools

January 27, 2013

All kids in Singapore are allowed to enter public schools in Singapore, sadly its sounds too nice to be true. Yes, as foreigner you can enrol if you get chance to get accepted and willing to pay the very high school fees.

Problem is the ‘’ Singaporean Citizen first policy ‘’ which means that Singaporean kids have the absolute priority above kids of PR holders and foreigners. When balloting is necessary in a specific phase of the registration exercise, citizen will be given absolute priority over PRs. In 2011, nearly half of all primary schools held ballots for the P1 registration exercise.

Result, as PR or foreigner you make only a chance when not enough Singaporeans register for the same school. When balloting is necessary in a specific phase of the registration exercise, citizen will be given absolute priority over PRs. In 2011, nearly half of all primary schools held ballots for the P1 registration exercise. Most popular schools will have a much less intake of PR children.

As Singaporean Citizen I would be very pissed! Thanks this unfair protectionism policy, Singaporeans kids have no chance to grow up anymore with kids from other countries. They will develop themselves very boxed up into the Singaporean culture only and that does not benefit Singapore as a global multi-cultural country. Maybe proofs this again that Singaporean is not a multi-cultural country at all.

Other problem is the raising school fees for PRs and foreigners. Primary education is free for all Singapore citizens in schools under the purview of the Ministry of Education, though there is a fee of up to SGD 13 monthly per student to help cover miscellaneous costs. Fees for PRs and foreigners have sharp increased for local schools this year with more than 50% sometimes while Singaporeans are free or pay almost nothing.

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PR 40 90 55 120 80 160
ASEAN 235 350 325 450 530 700
Foreigners 345 500 470 650 750 1,000

So as foreigner or PR holder you have much less chance to get your kid enrolled to a public school. In case you able to do so, you pay much higher fees! A foreigner who has 2 kids pays already $1,000 a month for their education while Singaporeans have it for free. If you shouldn’t pay any tax, then it should be fair but sadly is Singapore not fair at all against non-citizens.

I think this is PURE DISCRIMINATION!!! PRs and foreigners in Singapore pay also tax to the Singaporean government which is many times much more than locals as their salaries are higher due the higher living costs for expats in Singapore. As we also pay our contributions to this country, we should have the SAME RIGHTS as the Singaporean Citizens and have an equal chance to get our kids in good schools in Singapore.

Maybe it should be time to ask SINGAPOREAN STUDENTS OVERSEAS also a 500% higher fee than the locals. Ten-thousands of Singaporean kids in Perth also benefiting from the FREE EDUCATION IN PERTH!!! You don’t hear them complaining about that!!!! So it would be equal that Singaporeans overseas should be the same treated as foreigners are treated in Singapore!!!!!!

When are you Singaporean?

January 24, 2013

Is holding a Singaporean passport enough to call you a Singaporean? If you follow the many discussions on the internet, you have to conclude ‘no’. Singaporeans love to make a difference between themselves and the ‘new-citizens’. These are immigrants who came to Singapore and are neutralized to Singaporean Citizen. They hold the Singaporean nationality and passport and their kids have to go in the army as anyone else. People who want to build a new future in Singapore as we all do. Whatever what they do, they are still not seen as local but as an immigrant.

Even their kids when they are born in Singapore are not seen as Singaporean by this group of Singaporeans. ‘’ Oh your parents are from Thailand, so you are a foreigner lah ‘’, is a line what many of these kids have to hear frequently.

My friend has the same problem. His family has always lived in Singapore, he is born in Singapore (after 1965) as his forefathers and he served his military duty for this country. Still is he asked frequently or he is a foreigner, just because his skin colour. When he says that he is Singaporean by birth, they all ask where his father is coming from. When he answers ‘Singapore’, they all are looking confused to him like or it can’t be. Then he explains to them that his great-great- grandfather came to Singapore around 1860 and since then his family has always lived here. Now you think they will be quiet and understand he is NATIVE Singaporean… eh not really. They have then even the guts to ask where his great-great-grandfather is from and when he answers ‘England’, they response always with ‘’ oh so you are English ‘’ !?!

Come on what is that for fucking racist way of thinking. A white person whose is totally rooted in this country for more than 150 years is still considered as an immigrant by a Chinese-Singaporean which grandparents are immigrants. This is pure racial thinking and bloody retarded.

One time he got the same discussion with a cabbie and he asked him or he can then speak ‘Mandarin’ or ‘Hokkien’. When he said ‘no’, the Chinese-Singaporean answered to him that he is not a Singaporean at all because he cannot speak Chinese. WHAT THE FUCK!!! Malay and Indian are here the native citizens of this country and they don’t speak Chinese too and this retardo thinks that they are not Singaporean then too???? My friend stood up and scolded that guy in Malay for everything came up in his mind. This is kind of racist what is not unique in Singapore but many people have experienced that frequently.

But when you call yourself then a Singaporean? By international standards you are natural born citizen when your grandparents and parents all are born in the same country as you are born and are born with a local passport. We all know that many Chinese-Singaporean in Singapore at least one of their grandparents or parents is an immigrant from China, Malaysia or Indonesia.

If I looked to one of my friends for example, her mother is a Malay-Chinese, her father Singaporean but her grandparents are Chinese immigrants. So that makes her a first-generation Singaporean and not native Singaporean. Another friend of mine, a Malay, his father and mother are born in Singapore but his grandparents are Malaysians. That makes of him a second-generation immigrant.

Only a third-generation immigrant is considered as a natural local born citizen!!! Or in other words, anyone whom parents and grandparents are local born is considered as a local. If one of them is an immigrant, you are considered 1st or 2nd generation immigrant!

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Singapore is an IMMIGRATION COUNTRY! This country is from everyone who lives and works in Singapore. Everyone who love this country and had chosen to build an future in this country. A country where all our children will be born and raised to be Singaporeans. Whatever race they are, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Filipino, Caucasian, African or whatever, they are Singaporeans!!! Even a damn martian can call himself one day Singaporean.

Anyone who can not accept that Singapore get more colorful with mixed races, should take immediately the first airplane out of Singapore and return to the country of his or hers forefathers. They also came one day as immigrants to this country to find a better life or a new future. Same as the current wave of immigrants but now they are suddenly considered as trash! Think many Singaporeans forefathers will turn in their graves around if they know that their descendants are discriminating immigrants and thus indirect against their own forefathers!

Changi Airport Mall

January 23, 2013

I use the airport very frequently for my business and pleasure trips, almost twice a month. Last December when I was going abroad for Christmas, I got some really nasty experiences with day trippers at the airport. The huge crowd of day trippers has an impact on the quality and hospitality of the airport, which to me is very rapid declining.

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The airport got in December a kind of Angry Bird promotion which attracted a lot of Singaporeans with their kids to the airport to shop. I don’t mind so long these day trippers have consideration for the travelers and that is the big problem. These day trippers are not travelling but visiting the airport because they love to shop and feel bored. Shopping is the biggest hobby for Singaporeans.

It started already when I parked my car in the basement, not one single spot was available as the whole car park was full thanks these day trippers. It was not even a peak day for travelers but super crowded with shoppers. The airport should have reserved parking for real travelers!!! Other airports in the world have that and call it long term parking!!! You should that a world class airport as Changi suppose to be, should have one. When you check the website of Changi Airport about parking, they even write…

Visitors can now enjoy lower parking rates when they visit Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to shop or dine on both weekends and weekday nights (1).

From that we can conclude that Changi Airport is not much more then an ordinary shopping mall and that it is also on the side an airport. Would their focus on the travelers, they would mention it in above  statement and not the shopping and dining visitors.

So when I got finally a spot after waiting at the car park, I had to drag my heavy bags (25kg!) from the end of the parking to the entrance. And of course no trolley to find as these day trippers use it for their handbags and as toys for their kids. Then I had to struggle my way through the ​​day trippers and try to reach my goal, the elevator to the 2nd floor for departure.

Once I reached the elevator, I had to start almost World War 3 to get with my 3 bags into the elevator. People are so stupid and ignorant, they just don’t give you space to let you inside because you have to catch your flight! I was able to get my ride after I missed it for 4 times and a flight attendant had to prevent people going in before me. It’s like the MRT at 6pm at Raffles Quay or Orchard. Unbelievable… it took me almost 30 minutes to park my car and reach the check-in counter…

On it self no problems with it but after my check-in, I couldn’t almost find the passengers entrance as a huge Angry Bird Space Shuttle was blocking it. Problem are the nitwits with their kids around that ugly thing. Blocking the way of the passengers because they have to take pictures of their kids with that damn thing. That you are trying to make your way as a passenger through the terminal to catch your flight, they don’t fucking care about it! When you bump into them accidentally with your trolley because their kids are wild running around, is it suddenly your fault and they looking with dirty faces to you and thinking ”foreigner fuck off!”. Not even one sorry!!!

When I came back it was not much better, airport was again full of unconsidered day trippers. It was even so bad that one of their kids ran into my trolley with my 2 bags and hit me. I didn’t check it on that time but I wish I did. Later when I came home I found out that the kid had hit my screen of my laptop and it was broken. Needed to repair it immediately at Sim Lim Square and cost me S$100 to repair it!!! I wish I could find them to present my bill!!!

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To be honest, this kind of airports are quit scary. So huge amount of people without any proper security check at the entrance makes to me Changi Airport an easy target for a terrorist attack. Other major airports in the region have very tight security matters as an terrorist attack is still a serious treat in Southeast Asia.

Imagine that you come as an tourist to Singapore and you have to deal with these kind of nitwits and their ignorance attitude, will you still thinking that Singapore is famous for its hospitality? Changi Airport has lost its focus on their core business, which is being an airport. And a business that forgets its core function, is doomed!!!

Racism against Filipinos in Singapore, part 2

January 22, 2013

Other posting on Temasek Times against Filipinos, dated June 11th, 2012 (1).

A Singaporean’s observation of Filipinos

A point to bring out: what mastery of English language these pinoys have? zilch if we take the international benchmark of the Angus Ross Literature prize which is almost annually won by a Singaporean since its inception. The Angus Ross prize is recognization of the best literature paper in “A” levels outside UK.

I have lived in their country more than 25 years ago, It struck me then when I was watching their daily tv channels which were predominantly about this person yakking away with his or her own opinions in some local municipal issues. Full of rah rah but no substance. To take the cake, my pinoy friend who is a doctor there passed this remark “Fiilipinos all want to be leaders.” Where are the followers? All talk and no action.

Looking at their poilitical leaders’ behaviour is a ghastly exercise of megalomaniac and ineptness. Estrada, Aquino, Marcoses were leechers to their own country with playboy attitude and cowboy rules. I once passed Baguio there and the whole place gave ma a creep – it was dark, alleys with prostitutes, drug addicts openly shooting pots.

My observation of pinoys here in Singapore is not favourable either. I have seen maids abusing little children by literally dragging the tiny tots while yakking on the phone, infesting the shopping centres with their irritating English slang and tagalog which sounded more like chickens and ducks talking. They are supeficial people in the corporate world, smiling fakely but with a dagger behind – just look at their politicians and political culture which affirm this culturally imbibed trait.

Now the pinoys are so emboldened thinking a pax-filipino can be entrenched here in Singapore. Look Pinoys! We Singaporeans are gracious and to a large extent our government policies welcome FT or the other FT*****. This is by no means you can shit and feel arrogant here. As pointed out, Vietnam and Mymmar are catching up and we can look to them as alternative source of labour. In addition, they seem more refined and gracious in their mannerisms.

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What a bullshit poster. First of all that stupid price. The Angus Ross Prize is awarded every year to the best performing non-British candidate in the GCE A-Level English Literature examinations.

  1. They don’t use GCE-A Level examinations in the Philippines and therefore the students can NEVER participate in that stupid prize. In Singapore they copied 100% the UK system and are still totally depending on it while the Philippines system is based on the US and Spain system but has totally evolved into a local based educational system. They don’t need any other country to certificate their students, Singapore still has that!!!
  2. Singapore is the only country where the Cambridge International A Level is the state qualification, so then is it also not wondering that each year an Singaporean wins because they are the only fucking candidates. Even countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Canada use their own examination grading systems (2).
  3. Philippines is in April 2012 announced by the GlobalEnglish Corporation as world’s best country in business English proficiency, even beating the United States. For 2012, results showed that from 76 represented countries worldwide, only the Philippines attained a score above 7.0, “a BEI level within range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks.” Singapore is listed as number 9 after countries such as Malaysia (6) and India (7). (3)

Top schools in other countries are more likely to prepare their students for the own local based school certificate examination system which are also recognized abroad and even sometimes higher than the A level system. International schools offer many times the A Levels as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB), which is widely used in entirely Europe and the USA except the UK. Nobody in mainland knows what A Levels are!!!

If he should live really for 25 years in the Philippines (or really dig into the local culture and learn something from it), he should know that!!! More then 10 authors are known in the international publishing scene, I don’t know any Singaporean who have done that already…

Baguio gives him the creep, strange, it is a popular destination for tourists and known for its nature. Think that Singapore has more prostitutes than Baguio. Check Geylang for example, full of prostitutes from China but not many Pinoy. And who are the customers there, yes right the Singaporeans. It’s even so popular in Singapore that prostitution in Singapore is LEGAL! Think Geylang is much more creepier for any tourist than Baguio. Again a proof that he never lived in the Philippines for 25 years to me…

And that other racial statement about ‘irritating English slang and Tagalog‘. Does he really think that other people want to hear all that Chinese sounds in the shopping malls? We are not in China!!! Even lazy to speak proper English syllabuses and to learn the English grammar! Bloody irritating!!! Okay lets ban all foreign languages in shopping malls, forbid the Pinoy to speak Tagalog, forbid then also the Chinese to speak their Mandarin, Cantonese or Hokkien!!! If you allow one foreign language, then you have to allow them all!!! Mandarin and Hokkien is even not the original language of this country, which is MALAY!!! Jadi mari kita bercakap Melayu 😉

Personally, I don’t have any problems that everyone speak their own languages, so long you can speak decent English so we all can communicate together… or at least try to speak English! I am also not native English but I try my best. I do respect everyone its own culture and preferences. I have in general no problems to understand Singaporean-Malay or Singaporean-Indian, they have a very clear accent, good grammar and pronunciation. I have only sometimes problems to understand Chinese-Singaporeans who are mainly educated in Mandarin or Hokkien.

I remember one time on Razor TV a news clip about a few students who won an international sports sponsorship and a famous UK soccer player came over to Singapore to handover the price. Some students in the public were chosen to ask him a few questions. What happened was really ridiculous, the UK soccer player, who is native English speaking, needed the help of a translator to translate the questions of these kids into proper English. He couldn’t understand the local Singaporean slang at all. The Filipino accent is very clear and good to understand by native and non-native English speakers worldwide. For that reason many local companies in Singapore prefer to have Filipino workers to assist their clients on the phone.

Why this poster don’t allow Filipino’s being themselves anymore in this country or what he called ‘This is by no means you can shit and feel arrogant here‘ ?

  1. His own attitude against Filipino’s in Singapore is shit and arrogant. RACISM!!!
  2. Singapore is a multicultural country where each resident has the right to life his or her life how he or she wants with respect to other cultures. This poster want to stop that! RACISM!!!
  3. The Chinese came also to Singapore as immigrants and allowed to live their life by their own standards and culture. And now it should be suddenly forbidden because they are now the majority? RACISM!!!
  4. I find personally that some Chinese-Singaporeans are shit and arrogant against anyone who is not Chinese-Singaporean. So is he speaking here about himself or is he discriminating here an entire race in Singapore??? RACISM!!!
  5. Who the fuck is he to forbid a minority group in Singapore to live their own lives by their own standards? RACISM!!!
  6. Not one single Pinoy is harming a Singaporean or any one others by be themselves.

Found it a shame that this post, which was original a comment on a other posting, was posted as a new article on the Temasek Times. Purposely published trying to stir up resentment against foreigners!

Racism against Filipinos in Singapore, part 1

January 22, 2013

At a Singaporean website (Temasek Times/Review) last year the next picture was posted with the next headline:

PHOTO: Is this Singapore’s Orchard Road or Manila’s Makati City?

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“Something your maid will be doing once a week on her weekly off-day soon…” – Keith Chang

“FTs imported just for men! It’s welfare for you guys, so don’t complain can….lol….” – Sheereen Toh

Other comment…

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Immediately you could read the insults in the comments. Comments such as ‘look what your maid is doing‘ or ‘FT’s imported just for men!‘. And of course, the posters are CHINESE-SINGAPOREAN!!!

What the fuck! I can also take a picture of a few Chinese girls and asking myself or we in CHINA or in SINGAPORE!!! Go to circular road or chinatown and you hundreds of them! And a lot of them are wearing shorter skirts and more naked dressed than these 8 girls. Maybe are these girls all professionals who are just dressed up and enjoying themselves at Orchard Road. That is the Filipino culture and that’s what they love to do. I can’t see on the picture or they are hookers or maids, maybe is one of them a lawyer, doctor or a pilot. Don’t judge about people who you don’t know!

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News for this poster, you already did! You forefathers came from China to Southeast-Asia and most of their descendants still living by their traditions, culture and standards. The rest of Southeast Asia has simply just to accept it. Many many aunties and uncles, and even young people, are unable to speak proper English or any other local language. Southeast Asia is from origin a Malayan culture and NOT the Chinese culture!!!

To publish that photo with a headline like that and these comments is RACISM!!! Purposely published trying to stir up resentment against foreigners! 

These girls are residents of Singapore and also have the right to be treated on a respectful way as we all demand. Chinese-Singaporeans are allowed to be themselves in this country, so why not the Pinoy? I found it very sad that the Singaporean government have not take serious action against this form of discrimination. We, the 37% foreigners in this country have also RIGHTS to have a peaceful life in this country and to be respected despite our race or skin color!!!

This is again a typical case where one immigrant judges about the other immigrant. The first immigrant think he or she is allow to do so because they came with millions to this country, put their culture on us and discriminate now everyone else. Don’t demand from other immigrants something what you don’t do by yourself. Get so sick of it!

We, the citizens of Singapore,pledge ourselves as one united people,regardless of race, language or religion,to build a democratic society based on justice and equality so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

Let’s all respect that pledge and respect each other on who they are and not because they are different then you…

Are Singaporeans anti-foreigner?

January 22, 2013

A Yahoo online poll asking “Are Singaporeans becoming anti-foreigner?” produced a strong response, with 80% (15,811 votes) voting yes and the rest in the negative (3,952 votes). Yahoo wrotes:

The much talked about taxi-Ferrari accident sparked nationwide interest in Singapore. The Ferrari driver Ma Chi was a China national from Sichuan and his high-speed collision into a taxi killed him along with cabby Cheng Teck Hock and Japanese passenger Shigemi Ito. That gave already disgruntled Singaporeans another reason to vent their frustration at the government’s pro-immigration policies which have resulted in over a million foreign workers and professionals into the crowded city-state.

Yahoo! reader Alex Tan said, “Singaporeans are not against foreigners. But rather to be precise against some of the foreign labor and influx of immigrants.”

Another reader Evelyn believes the government should do more to educate foreigners on the culture and lifestyle here.

Is this taxi accident the only reason why Singaporeans have become anti-foreigner or has it been always the same but never visible towards Singaporeans itself. Ask many foreigners who live in Singapore for a longer time and they will tell you that nothing changed but it has more and more become public on the internet. Ask the Malays and Indians who are the original residents of this tiny island, they will answer probably the same. Racial discrimination has been always in Singapore, it has only resurfaced the last years.

Singapore has a bad reputation of racial riots. In 1964 and 1969 many people died and hundreds got injured during clashes between the Malay and Chinese. Both riots started by Chinese and especially the secret societies. In 1964 Chinese people started to throw bottles to Muslim in a march from Padang to Geylang and in 1969, 20-30 Chinese people attacked houses in Jalan Ubi and Jalan Kayu.

Alex Tan, if you are against the policies of the government, then you should point your arrows on the government and not against the foreigners.  That is not fair! How you will feel if you know that your ancestor who came as IMMIGRANT to Singapore, probably after World War II or the independence of Singapore, would be treated the same by the local people in Singapore? Would be unfair too, isnt?

And Evelyn, why then so many Chinese-Singaporean immigrants who have come to Singapore are NOT INTEGRATED into this society! Many of them are unable to speak proper English or even English at all. I know here many aunties and uncles who are even BORN in this country and don’t speak one single word of English! Is that the Singaporean culture and lifestyle you want? Lucky has the Singaporean government more a multi-cultural policy approach in Singapore which gives us all the RIGHT to life our own lives regarding our own cultures. Chinese-Singaporeans are allowed to do that, so be the Indians, Malay, Pinoy and anyone else in this country!!!

‘I hate stupid AngMo in our country’

January 19, 2013

Yesterday I found this post and made me really pissed. It proofs that the racial discrimination against other races in Singapore is not something new since the last general elections but has been always there. On 19 June 2008, an local posted this message on a popular forum in Singapore, sgforums.com

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He wrote:

I have enough! Enough of those nitwits, good-for-nothing, arrogant S*O*Bitches that our government import in droves…

These idiots come here thinking they own the country and that Singapore/Asian are rural fools that should do their every bidding. Numbskulls, retard, nincompoops!!

Why do we have so many of them in Singapore??

Yesterday, I was turning into an alley when this dickhead started waving angrily at me.. apparently, he was walking his toddler and he thinks I’m turning too wide that I might hit his child. I was in my lane and that bonehead should have stayed on the pavement!

Today, this dimwit was driving against the traffic and he f***king unbelievably wanted me to backup so he can move forward.

Why?Why? Everyday I come across so call FTs who isn’t worth a quarter of what they’re paid; taking up jobs that Singaporean should have no problem doing (infact, many of these idiots depend on Singaporean subordinates to given them advice!)

WTF has our government done to our country?!?!!

Let me make first one thing very clear… ”our country” ???? Is he or she serious? Most of the Singaporeans are descendants of Chinese who fled to Singapore after World War 2 and the independence of Singapore in 1965. And I will not be surprised if above’s poster one of his or her parents or grandparents are immigrants from Malaysia or China. We all know that a lot of the Singaporeans, especially above 25 years of age, are first or second generation immigrants!!

Anyone who can not accept that Singapore get more colorful with mixed races, should take immediately the first airplane out of Singapore and return to the country of his or hers forefathers. They also came one day as immigrants to this country to find a better life or a new future. Same as the current wave of immigrants but now they are suddenly considered as trash! Think many Singaporeans forefathers will turn in their graves around if they know that their descendants are discriminating immigrants and thus indirect against their own forefathers!

This poster comment is racial based and very dangerous. He or she wants  the white people out of Singapore and keep this tiny island reserved only for his or hers race. You know how we call that? RACIAL CLEANSING!!! But if all the white people have to leave this country, let we then also move our wealth out of this country and our companies. Let see or this tiny island still can survive without us… I don’t think so!!! Let we then also kick all the Singaporeans in the UK, Australia and Canada back to Singapore (and the rest of the world!), because then the knife have to cut on both sides. You don’t want us, then we don’t want you too in our countries!!!

source: (1) sgforums.com;

55% in Singapore is Chinese-Singaporean and NOT 75%!!!

January 17, 2013

What are the real demographics of Singapore? There is a lot of confusion about it. The Singapore Department of Statistics reports overall population figures for Singapore (4.48 million in 2006), as a matter of policy, it only provides more detailed demographic breakdown analysis for the approximately 80% of the population who are Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (collectively termed ‘residents’). Of this group of about 3.6 million people, Chinese form 75.2%, Malays form 13.6%, Indians form 8.8%, while Eurasians and other groups form 2.4%.

There are living 5.08 million people living in Singapore in 2010 and only 3,771,700 are counted as resident (census 2010 SingStat). About 74.1% of the residents are Chinese-Singaporean, which is 2,794,829 people and is about 55% of the total population in Singapore and not 75%!!! I didn’t add the 1 million PRC Chinese (5) in Singapore as Chinese-Singaporeans love to see themselves different from the Chinese and love to call them PRC Shit or Foreign Trash.

Official figures show that the number of foreigners on short-term permits (termed ‘non-residents’) has grown from 30,900 in 1970 to 797,900 in 2005, which translate roughly to a 24-fold increase in 35 years, or from 1% of the population in 1970 to 18.3% in 2005. Despite this huge increase, no further breakdown is given by Singstat.

Some studies attempted to cast light on the demographic profile of Singapore’s non-resident. According to ‘The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora’ (published in 2006), “independent surveys approximate the number of South Asians on work permits to be between 30-35 per cent of the total ‘Indian’ population in Singapore, or approximately 90,000-100,000.” Based on this, we can estimate that, as of June 2006, the Indian population formed 12.5% of the non-resident population, and therefore numbered between 415,000 and 430,000, or about 9.5% of the total population of about 4.5 million. It is likely the population of ‘others’ is similarly greater than suggested by the figures for the ‘resident’ population. Conversely, it is likely that the Chinese form significantly less than 75% of the total population of 4.5 million (2006).

A recent figure released by the Straits Times on 20 July 2010 shows that the total population of Non Resident Singaporeans (PRs + foreigners) is around 1.79 million of which Indians are 400,000 (22.35%). It is noteworthy that the number of Indian PRs and foreigners have doubled in the last 2 years! An increase of 200,000 in 2 years may portend a rapid shift in the demographic scenery of Singapore.

  • 1970: 2.07 million (2.01m SC/SPR & 61,000 foreigners)
  • 1980: 2.41 million (2.28m SC/SPR & 131,000 foreigners)
  • 1990: 3.05 million (2.74m SC/SPR & 311,000 foreigners)
  • 2000: 4.03 million (3.27m SC/SPR & 745,500 foreigners)
  • 2006  4.48 million (3.60m SC/SPR & 875,000 foreigners)
  • 2007  4.5886 million (3.1338 SC / 0.4492  SPR & 1.0055 foreigners)
  • 2008  4.8394 million (3.1644 SC / 0.4782 SPR & 1.1967 foreigners)
  • 2010  5.08 million as at 31/06/10 (3.2m SC / 0 .540m SPR & 1.31m foreigners (Advanced Census release)

Other example, there are living more then 180,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Singapore (4), that is 4.7% of the Singapore population. Same for the European race, approximately 166,000 Caucasians resides in Singapore, or 4.4% of the population. Singapore has also about 16,400 Indonesians and 45,000 Thai residing which is about 1,3%.

SingStats says that less than 3.3% in Singapore is non-Chinese, Malay or Indian. That is not correct, it should be around 10-14% of the population! The actual numbers are much higher then I show above and many other nationalities have not even been taken in our calculation such as the Vietnamese, Myanmar, Malays with Malay Passport and no PR’s, Arabs, Japanese, Koreans and Africans.

Part of non-residents in total population
1970 1980 1990 2000 2009
Non-residents (Non Citizens & PRs) 2.9% 5.5% 10.2% 18.7% 25.3%

If you ask me, this racial breakdown by SingStat of the residents (Citizens + PRs) is pure created to keep the ratio for the Chinese-Singaporean people in Singapore higher than it actually is. A higher racial quota means more spots reserved for Chinese-Singaporeans in the schools and public housing and higher funding for their cultural programs. Singapore should have racial quotas based on the real demographics of Singapore and that means EVERYONE who works and lives in Singapore! Current system is pure discrimination to put one race above the others… better is to get totally rid of these racial quotas, Singapore as a global city is so mixed these days….

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Ang Moh

January 17, 2013

When you live in Singapore as an European, you will get one of these days called by the locals ‘Ang Moh‘. Ang moh is a racial epithet describing White people. It literally means “red-haired” and originates from Hokkien (Min Nan). Other similar terms include ang mo kow (red-haired monkeys), ang mo gui (red-haired devil), ang mo lang (red-haired people). The usage is similar as in the Cantonese term gweilo, which means ‘devil person‘.

I am strongly against the use of that epithet. It is disgraceful, derogatory and disrespectful to call someone based on his or her race. That is pure racism! That I am a white person will not say that I like to be called a White. Call for example an African-American the famous n-word or simply ‘black’ and you have immediately a fist in your face. Likewise with aboriginals being called black or Asians in Australia called ‘Yellow People’. Why we as the European race, have to accept that we are called on daily base ‘red hair devils‘ by the Chinese population in this country?  We also don’t call the local Chinese people ‘ching-dong’, ‘rice-dick’, ‘zipper-head’, ‘Gook’, ‘Chinky’, ‘flat-faces’ or ‘yellow-slanted-eyes’.

So although it is socially acceptable to call Caucasians ‘ang moh’ here in Singapore – it would be nice if everybody thought of the double standard.. especially the fact that they use it on television and radio! Imagine using the term ‘yellows’ or ‘blacks’ on television or radio in the USA, Australia or Europe – you have immediately an uproar!!!

Racism, also called racialism,  any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some races are innately superior to others [1].

Calling any European person ‘Ang Moh’ is based on racism according above statement. Especially when you know that Ang Moh is coming from Ang Moh Gui, which means ‘red hair devil‘. In that context means red hair not because some Europeans have red hair but because devils have red hair!

[M]any of my Singaporean friends felt the term ‘ang moh’ was definitely racist. Said one, with surprising finality: ‘The original term was “ang moh gui” which means “red hair devil” in Hokkien. That’s definitely racist.’ However, the ‘gui’ bit has long been dropped from the term, defanging it considerably. … Both ‘ang moh gui’ and ‘gwailo’ – Cantonese for ‘devil person’ – originated from the initial Chinese suspicion of foreigners way back in those days when the country saw itself as the Middle Kingdom.”; – Ong Soh Chin, Straits Times Life! Section (30 October 2004)

“Stop calling me ang moh As an ‘ang moh’ who has lived here for over six years, I hope more people will realise just how offensive the term is.” – Sean Ashley, Straits Times Life! Section (5 November 2004)

The term also appears, for instance, in Singaporean newspapers such as The Straits Times. Why is a English volunteer in the sample below called for red hair devil in the newspapers and not simply Caucasian? They do it with the other races and why not with the Caucasians? This proofs to me that the state controlled Straits Times has double standards regarding races!

Michael D. Sargent (21 October 2007), “Lessons for this gweilo and ang moh”The Straits Times;

Jamie Ee Wen Wei (11 November 2007), “Meet Bukit Panjang’s ‘ang moh leader’: Englishman is one of 900 permanent residents who volunteer at grassroots groups, and the number could rise with more foreigners becoming PRs”, The Straits Times.

The term ‘ang moh’ is already a classification by race first, and individual identity of the person later. Therefore it can be seen always as a racial statement against the Caucasians.

The Singaporean Government should immediately forbidto use any longer the term ‘Ang Moh’ and teach to use the proper word. If you are as government serious about racial harmony, you don’t accept that any racial group in Singapore gets discriminated.

Sources: (1) Urban Dictionary;