Before starting. let’s us recap on the parliamentary debates on 25 February 2013
Mr David Ong asked the Prime Minister (a) what is the number of citizenships that are granted in 2012; and (b) of this group of new citizens, how many had stayed in Singapore for more than five years and how many for more than 10 years.
The Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien) (for the Prime Minister) : Mdm Speaker, 20,693 applicants were granted Singapore citizenship in 2012. They include 2,735 minors, most of whom were born overseas to Singaporean parents and would have been Singapore Citizens by birth had they been born in Singapore. Excluding this group, 81% of new citizens granted in 2012 had stayed in Singapore for more than five years, and 52% for more than 10 years.
On average, more than 52% of the new citizens had been staying on the island for more than 10 years before granting citizenship. I would say they should able to integrate into Singapore society easily. They took up the citizenship because:
1) Peaceful environment
2) Stable Economic
3) Wants to make Singapore as their home
But granting citizenship, does that translate that into vote for the government? My answer is Yes and No!
Many feel in-debts to the current government had given them the chance to make Singapore as their home, do not want to shake to economic system of Singapore given the reason for continuing supporting the current government.
But having staying here in Singapore for more than 10 years, many had seen the change in the economic transformation, the ever increasing of population, the increasing congestion on the roads, ever increasing of Housing price, just to name a few.
They too have family here and they are concerned that their younger generation will face greater challenge in the future. They are the majority with higher educations and they would think what is serving them, their family well beings.
With the current hot topic of 6.9M population white paper, many would think twice about supporting the current government in the next General Election. All the while, the anger is being made known by the native Singaporeans but not the new citizens.
Being a cab driver, I had spoken to those new citizen. They are too anger about the current situation in Singapore which is getting bad to worst. I hoped that the new citizens would come out to indicate openly that they too do not want a 6.9M population by 2030.