Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sometimes I wish we wouldn't be treated like mere numbers

Read the news when someone commented that about 1,000 of top talents leave the country for good. Then the someone mentioned that to stem this loss, this country woo many other talents from around the region, followed by the comment that
'But even if we only keep 30 to 40 per cent and lose 60 to 70 per cent, we're a net gainer,' he said. He said, however, that the Chinese would cease to come in 20 to 30 years' time, when China's living standards rise to match Singapore's.
Sometimes I wish we're not treated like some mere numbers.

The ST forum has a couple of very good comments that explain why people are leaving. To put it simply, in terms of opportunities, salaries, and quality of life, this country can't offer as much compared to some others like US. However, with friends and family here, 'half the battle' of keeping people here is won. So, if the 'top management' of the country stop giving the impression that our own people are 'inferior' to those foreigners, we can easily keep our own talents here.

If they persist in giving the impression that our own people are 'inferior', more people would leave, and one day the 'half won battle of the pull of friends and family here' will disappear, and it will be twice as hard to keep our own people here. He has rightly pointed out that in 20, 30 years time the regional talents may no longer want to come here. Isn't it time then to start keeping local folks in our own land?

And stop telling us that we must work very very hard or else when we grow old no one would take care of us, which adds a lot of anxiety and pressure. The recent changes to the CPF scheme with a stupid name just simply reinforces the idea. At the same time, when they give the message that the country continues to grow wonderfully... take both messages together simply means they want to attract more foreigners while our locals are pressured painfully.

Not many people want to leave their friends and family to settle elsewhere, but people will do so if they start to feel that they are treated like 2nd class citizens in their own country, with pressure mounting frequently. Since the treatment is already that of a '2nd class', then no further harm for the people to work in other countries?

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