Malaysians stuck in Singapore long to return home
“It’s sad to say goodbye to my father through a video call,” says Mr Arafat Mahyiddin, a Malaysian working in Singapore.
Mr Arafat was unable to return to Malaysia when his father died last August, due to fears that he might not be allowed back into Singapore, causing him to lose his job.
Video: Ili Nadhirah Mansor, Raj Nadarajan/ TODAY
Hostility towards those seen as outsiders inadvertently gets heightened in times of crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception. From competition for jobs to dilution of national identity and social norms, there are ample factors driving an “us vs them” mentality among some Singaporeans. Even as the country seeks to wean off its reliance on imported labour, there is recognition that it cannot survive without foreign talent. So what will it take to bridge the Singaporean-foreigner divide? What can both sides do — to not only co-exist harmoniously — but thrive off each other? Panelists: Elizabeth Neo (Moderator), Navene Elangovan (TODAY senior journalist), Anthony Garcia (Community Integration Manager, Filipino Association of Singapore), Leong Chan-Hoong (Member of the National Integration Council and Head of Policy Development, Evaluation and Data Analytics at Kantar Public) and Yuvan Mohan (Chairperson, SINDA Youth Club) Read more here.