In a bid to shore up support from Filipino and new citizens from foreign countries, the Singapore government is allowing non-official races from 10 countries to perform their heritage for the first time at the yearly Chingay parade.
According to state media Straits Times, the Singapore government is allowing foreigners to perform at the Singaporean culture parade. The move is to dilute the Singaporean identity and serve support to dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s “Bicentennial Celebration”, celebrating colonial slavery of Singapore under the British.
100 Filipinos will be performing traditional Filipino dances at the two-day Chingay parade (Feb 15 and 16).
Singapore currently has 45% of its population being foreigners, and none of them serve National Service conscription. There has been increasing conflicts between local citizens and foreigners because of falling employment opportunities and overpopulation.
High paying jobs are increasingly taken up by foreigners as employers do not have to pay a 15% CPF tax on Singaporeans or face disruption from National Service conscription.
Last week, Singapore’s national carrier SIA and Scoot announced that they have imported 19 pilots from India to fly Singapore planes.
In the rapid influx of foreigners from 2006 to 2017, the Singaporean workforce sees rapid decline in salaries with sectors with most foreigners like cleaners being the worst-hit. Productivity growth and quality has been non-existent due to the influx of cheap untrained labour.
Singapore’s population jumped 40% from 4 million in 2000 to the present 5.57 million today, as the PAP government is heavily dependent on new citizen votes.