Speaking at a National Day dinner in his constituency Marine Parade, PAP MP Goh Chok Tong said that Singaporeans must not feel they are losing out to foreigners in their own land. With no reference or mention of National Service, CPF and the lack of immigration checks, Goh Chok Tong said that this has led to frustrations that identity and meritocracy is skewed:
“There could also be the frustration that the Singaporean identity and meritocracy, predicated on equality amid diversity, is increasingly skewed… Citizens must not forget those among us who struggle to keep up, or feel that they are losing to newcomers in their own land.”
Foreigners, Permanent Residents and New Citizens are exempted from National Service. Even in the Civil Service, priority is given to foreign student graduates on governement scholarship over Singaporean students who paid for their own tertiary education.
Goh Chok Tong also took the opportunity to claim that the ruling party and his government is “honest, competent and dedicated” over the past 51 years.
“I see a core leadership team emerging. They had won the support of the people in the last general election and are working hard to prove themselves. Singapore’s democratic processes have produced honest, competent and dedicated leaders over three political generations in the last 51 years.”
There is no mention of election fixing including the abuse of sedition and criminal laws to prosecute political opponents of the ruling party. Defamation lawsuits and sedition charges are the ruling party members’, including MP Goh Chok Tong, most-accustomed choice of political prosecution.