Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Fragments 08.

Racism in Australia

But what spoils Australia is its people. They are, to quote Shakespeare “too wild, too rude, and bold of voice”. They are possesssed of a strange sense of self-entitlement that makes them think they are better than everyone else..

- entry
Delta Goodrem’s invisible rainbow, from blog Rice and Soup


IT Unemployment in Australia

According to the Australian Computer Society's annual ICT Employment Survey for 2004, R&D and education sectors hemorrhaged tech jobs at a near exponential rate, with job losses rising from 4.4 percent in 2002 to 11.1 percent in 2004.


Having already labelled the 457 visa system as open to rorting, ACS president Edward Mandla said he is "deeply concerned that both our permanent and temporary migration programs have contributed to Australian unemployment."

"[Australia's] permanent and temporary visa programs are still bringing in high numbers of inexperienced programmers - and programmers currently have the highest unemployment levels in Australia. This makes no sense," Mandla said.

- from article
Research collapse sours IT jobs lift, ComputerWorld

Note: A subclass 457 visa is a Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa. It allows employers to hire foreign skills on a temporary basis.


Dual Citizenship for Singaporeans

if you don't have it, some of them will go anyway. So if you have a question is, when you need them -- I am talking about National Service, people doing reservist training -- when you need them and you're not sure wether [sic] they will come back and you don't have the legal means to get them to come back, it upsets the planning.

- Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, on dual citizenship in response to question posed at the Wharton Global Alumni (as reported by ChannelNewsAsia:
Singapore won't go the path of dual citizenship)


Singapore Migration

An average of 25,000 are given [Singapore] PR or citizenship a year.

Singapore is trying to attract qualified aliens to set up roots here to compensate for a falling birth rate and a rising number of Singaporeans migrating overseas.

The exact figure is unknown but is estimated to be around 250,000 professionals comprising IT engineers, graphic designers, sportsmen, etc. On the higher level are neurosurgeons, PhD researchers and bankers.


Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew envisages a vibrant global city of six to seven million people by 2030. This obviously cannot be achieved by natural increase.

Assuming its annual birth and death rates remain at their current 35,000 and 15,000 respectively, some 40,000 to 50,000 more foreigners are needed every year for the next 25 years.

- from
Foreigners: Remains controversial,The Sunday Star on 29 May 2005

A slightly edited copy is
mirrored at the personal website of the author (Seah Chiang Nee). Writing for a Malaysian newspaper, I felt that the following sentence was a nice touch indeed: "Neither is it aimed at Malaysians. For historical reasons, these neighbours are not really regarded as foreigners."


Talking Cock Classic

Paved with Good Intentions
How living in New York has illuminated for us the difference between the Singaporean Dream and the Singaporean Plan
by Colin Goh & Joyceln Woo

Followed by their response below to Warren Fernandez' misleading commentary in the Straits Times. Their response was obviously not published.

The Clash
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
by Colin Goh & Joyceln Woo


Anthony in Frisco

I know I cannot Dream here. Like many others before me, I realise that Creativity cannot be found in a Plan. So I have to leave. The call of Creativity waits for no one. Being a creator means that no one is ahead in your chosen area - which means that there is no standard to measure you by. That makes you an abomination in the eyes of Singapore. It's not intentional. It's just part of the Plan. Being part of the Plan means following. The two are mutually exclusive.


What is it about Singapore that forces a person to choose between his Dreams and his home?

- entry The Singapore Condition, from blog Almost Infamous

Anthony Lim [profile] has just left Singapore for San Franciso for five years. I hope he continues updating his blog.



Blogger Beach-yi said...

Hey it just occurred to me,are you going to update your blog when you move? Or are you going to commit Blogra-kiri? (hehe can't help doing a bastardisation of hara-kiri).

June 14, 2005 5:41 PM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

tapunan mentioned the same in the comments of an earlier post.

I intend to continue blogging after the move assuming I can find (and afford) internet access. And of course, assuming this blog does not get shut down.

June 14, 2005 9:05 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Hey chum,

Thanks for linking me. It's very comforting to know that even though you're miles away, people don't lose touch.

June 15, 2005 9:57 AM  

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