Note: If you want to make a stand, you can do this on your blog!
The purpose of this letter is to remind Singaporeans that middle-class 'foreign workers' exist in this country. We are your nurses, bank executives, IT professionals and so on.
We pay taxes, contribute to CPF and send our children to childcare.
I HAVE lived in Singapore for four years, working in a restructured hospital. I got my permanent residence (PR) only after living here for eight months.
I am bonded to the hospital for six years because it sponsored my education to be a radiographer in Australia, and for this I am grateful to my employer.
And when our male children turn 18, they are liable for national service.
So why are we always left out? We are not allowed to buy HDB flats because Singaporeans think we can afford condos.
Then you cut medical subsidies at polyclinics because citizens think it is not fair that we get the same benefit as them. And from next year, there will be no childcare subsidies for PRs because citizens think we shouldn't enjoy such benefits.
So why did I became a PR? I am thinking of staying in Singapore permanently.
Most of us choose not to become citizens because we still have family in our home country and we still want to visit them regularly.
So why are we penalised? Now that the childcare subsidy has been doubled, can't PRs get at least half the amount?
In Britain and Australia, PRs enjoy the same benefits as citizens, except the right to vote. If the Government does not want to hand out freebies to so many PRs, tighten the requirements to become a PR.
Chan Mei Kuen (Ms)