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Are there any carrots for overseas Singaporeans?


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#1 hokkiehokkie

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:42 AM

The obvious solution to the brain drain is to offer dual citizenship and this has to be worked out by the two Governments concerned with regard to voting, taxation and other matters. Obviously the least matter they are going to be concerned with is the citizen's welfare and security because its going the other way. Otherwise the next best is to allow people who have left the country for personal reasons like financial matters or children's higher education to be able to go back to resettle there without any difficulties or conditions against them even if they have given up their citizenship in order to withdraw their accumulated CPF funds which ultimately belong to them anyway. biggrin.gif



QUOTE(Sim Richard @ Oct 5 2008, 12:25 AM) View Post

CArrots for overseas Singaporeans?
Basically none or I don't know any (yet).

This portal was setup in 2006 to connect overseas Singaporeans.
Lots of views were written and lots of heated discussions went wild.
To date, I don't think any of these were seriously being look into.

For me, to return all the outstanding CPF plus interest is too much to bear.
Maybe refund the amount from the medisave acct is sufficient.
Afterall, it is this that the government is most worried about.
We have to take care of our own health.....hahahaha

However, looking from the other angle, why return to Singapore when you have decided to quit it in the first place.
It just goes to show that one is not ready and determine to go through this clean break.
When you decided to pluck yourself from this tiny island to plant into another country's backyard,
one should know the consequences of it. This comes to the topic of dual-citizenship.

I think people with dual-citizenship, gets to choose the best from both world.
Maybe the government worries are that there's no loyalty when something bad happen to 1 of the country, the person MAY jump ship and bail themselves out first.

Of course, it may not happen to everyone but no one can guarantee your loyalty except yourself?

RS



#2 Sim Richard

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 12:25 AM

CArrots for overseas Singaporeans?
Basically none or I don't know any (yet).

This portal was setup in 2006 to connect overseas Singaporeans.
Lots of views were written and lots of heated discussions went wild.
To date, I don't think any of these were seriously being look into.

For me, to return all the outstanding CPF plus interest is too much to bear.
Maybe refund the amount from the medisave acct is sufficient.
Afterall, it is this that the government is most worried about.
We have to take care of our own health.....hahahaha

However, looking from the other angle, why return to Singapore when you have decided to quit it in the first place.
It just goes to show that one is not ready and determine to go through this clean break.
When you decided to pluck yourself from this tiny island to plant into another country's backyard,
one should know the consequences of it. This comes to the topic of dual-citizenship.

I think people with dual-citizenship, gets to choose the best from both world.
Maybe the government worries are that there's no loyalty when something bad happen to 1 of the country, the person MAY jump ship and bail themselves out first.

Of course, it may not happen to everyone but no one can guarantee your loyalty except yourself?

RS



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Posted 04 October 2008 - 08:11 PM

What they should be doing is to offer SGreans who have already given up their citizenship ( they were forced to give up citizenship in order to withdraw their CPF balance to buy homes and cars in their new country) a right or chance to get it back so that they can go back and live in Singapore and also vote for the PAP when they have a change of plans. Really its common sense, if you want to put up barriers like refunding all the CPF balance already withdrawn plus the interest it would have earned for the time you had it withdrawn, then you are surely going to put these people off from making such a decision. Give them a fair chance like other countries which are not so calculative about treating citizens and former citizens. No matter what, they are still Singaporeans wherever they are living now, they were born and bred in Singapore and know for sure where their responsibilities are, especially those who did NS regardless of rank. biggrin.gif




QUOTE(Investor Novice @ Sep 15 2006, 07:36 AM) View Post

What do you expect the Govt to do to attract overseas Singaporeans to come home? Come home and give you a free car? sad.gif

Perks given to expats are borne by their respective companies, not the Singapore Govt.



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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:36 AM

What do you expect the Govt to do to attract overseas Singaporeans to come home? Come home and give you a free car? sad.gif

Perks given to expats are borne by their respective companies, not the Singapore Govt.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 04:40 AM

I know the expats get higher pay and housing allowance. Those are given by the employer though, not the government. All the government does is to make it easy for expats to settle in, including ease of obtaining PR.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:04 PM

QUOTE(Goh Tuck Kee @ Sep 3 2006, 09:00 PM) View Post

I don't think the Singapore Government has provided any incentives for overseas Singaporeans to return home. On the other hand, foreigners were given special expat benefits to relocate to Singapore.

Interesting.. then why would any Oversea Singaporeans give up their freedom and good job prospects overseas to return home?

I think the Singapore government should spend more effort and time to understand this special group of Singaporeans. Plain talk is not enough to attract them to come home....
Just like to know what benefits does the Singapore government give to foreigners? I think except for some informative stuff to help them settle in, what else do Singapore Government provide? Informative stuff are quite common to foreigners in most major cities I know...

Why I ask the question is because we need to know what is provided...then we can also request for the specific priviliage, right?


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Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:00 PM

I don't think the Singapore Government has provided any incentives for overseas Singaporeans to return home. On the other hand, foreigners were given special expat benefits to relocate to Singapore.

Interesting.. then why would any Oversea Singaporeans give up their freedom and good job prospects overseas to return home?

I think the Singapore government should spend more effort and time to understand this special group of Singaporeans. Plain talk is not enough to attract them to come home....

QUOTE(Calvin Yong @ Sep 3 2006, 07:23 PM) View Post

I think it all depends on your company and negotiation skills....furthermore all the incentives are mainly given by the company...or are there any government incentive for Expats in Singapore???



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Posted 03 September 2006 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE(Lim Jasper @ Aug 31 2006, 06:12 AM) View Post

There are plenty of incentives for overseas expats e.g. housing subsidies etc.. I was wondering, are there any incentives aimed at attracting Overseas Singaporeans back home?
I think it all depends on your company and negotiation skills....furthermore all the incentives are mainly given by the company...or are there any government incentive for Expats in Singapore???


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Posted 31 August 2006 - 06:12 AM

There are plenty of incentives for overseas expats e.g. housing subsidies etc.. I was wondering, are there any incentives aimed at attracting Overseas Singaporeans back home?





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