Recently, a former Singapore PR wrote a long open letter to those thinking of taking up Singapore citizenship. Foreigners > PR > Citizen. Shouldn’t this be the order for those who come to Singapore, the normal process?
This former PR has made some observations to support his claim:
Singapore is a small island, just like a red dot. It’s so packed here everyday, do you really want to be a sardine in a tin?
Living costs are too high. And own a car here? Forget about it!
Be realistic, if these big countries got the intention to crush Singapore’s economy, it will be quite a simple thing.
Singapore got no freedom of speech. You are not allowed to hold protests, say a word wrong, you can kena arrest too!
Actually many Singaporeans have turned wise and started to migrate to other countries, such as England, USA and Australia.
Of course, it is only human nature to chase the life you really want to have. But still, there’s some benefits if you want to become a Singapore citizen.
Buy new home – that can be done in three years fastest.
Give birth to child, can receive baby bonus. Last time limited to only the first three children you have, but now no limit!
Citizens more affordable to study – more study grants, scholarships, etc.
And of course, medical, dental benefits is also one thing enjoyed more by the citizens.
Actually, some prefer to have a steadfast job, some cash to spare. Some prefer to move forward and crave for excitement in life. Everybody has a different approach to life. So then, the choice is up to you. Just ask yourself. What is the main reason that makes you want to stay here, or leave?
This is the letter written by the frustrated former PR. Have a look!
Why PRC/Malaysia Chinese Likes Singapore Citizenship
I know that Chinese prefer to convert their citizenship as what good is it to hold on to a communist China passport which restricts your travel movement internationally?
This is probably why Chinese movie stars like Gong Li and Jet Li have converted to become Singapore citizens mainly for ease of international travelling.
Sadly, many Chinese converts have this sinister plan of migrating to either Australia or USA once they received our coveted internationally-recognised passport.
One recently-converted citizen from PRC China even told me that if he commits a crime in China and as a foreigner now he will receive a lighter sentence than if he is convicted as a local mainland Chinese!
To make matters worse, we continued to hear news of how employment pass holders managed to find work in Singapore with all sorts of bogus educational certificates and false identity papers. Some even became PRs later on…
Those who want to maintain their PR status instead of converting to citizenship probably prefer to have a back door to escape to if things go awry whereas others do so due to patriotic reason.
Pros and cons of citizenship conversion
It is hope that by now, after staying in our country for a while, you will know that there are both pros and cons to converting your citizenship.
You can of course buy a so-called government subsidized HDB Build-To-Order (BTO) flat after becoming a new citizen but the subsidy is minimal after factoring in land and building cost.
The subsidy amount should not be more than 25% of the surrounding second-hand flats in open market and you will need to pay off the housing loan within a 25-year loan period.
New citizens will naturally vote for the ruling party especially when they have provided you with a new home, better employment opportunities and a positive future compared to back home.
I have spoken to some PRs from India and they are favourable of staying on in our milk-and-honey country for the long term as opportunities are very limited back in their own country.
The salary they can get from India is only 10% of what they can earn if they work in Singapore.
#So, if you decide to become a new citizen in our country, do think at least ten to fifteen years ahead – the short-term may look good for now but it’s the long haul that you should worry about.
This article way original by Nextsingapo.com