Don’t you feel that the term foreign talent is used too loosely? Everyone that is not Singaporean seems to be called foreign talent, or they consider them as well. However, to say the truth, most of these “foreign talents” can’t defeat our own local talents, neither can they bring Singapore more prosperity and wealth.
I have a problem with having too much foreign talent in the from of students in Singapore. Everywhere, there are people who take advantage of our system and then leave without contributing anything. People come to Singapore, take Permanent Resident status, send their kids to top schools and then leave to go back to their home country.
Else, its that we recruit “foreign talents” to come to Singapore, study at our top schools or university, take the places of our students and paying the same fees as us (or perhaps on a scholarship and hence pay no fees) and then they leave for greener pastures.
Haven’t you heard from people you knew about certain foreign talents? They come to Singapore and have a good education. If you ask them, they will tell you that they are going back to their homeland after they finish their education. Why do we have to allocate spaces on our top schools for these people? Why not use the spaces and the better quality teaching on Singaporeans, who are more likely to stay and contribute to Singapore?
I find it really puzzling when people start to think they are foreign talent. What is more puzzling is that we have been allowing “foreign talents” to enjoy the fruits of our labour, and yet we are not doing anything, but still consider them talents. Should we then worship them?
I do agree that it is important to have foreign talents, provided that they are real. What are real foreign talents then? According to my beliefs, foreign talents cannot exist in a student form. If you are still a student with no experience, what talents do you have? I’m not talking about art or music or excellence in studies. These are no use to Singapore’s economy. What is of use is foreign experts coming to Singapore to work and contribute their expertise.
The foreign talents we have in our schools are different. If they do not contribute, but go home after everything, they are foreign leeches, not talents.
Why consider building another university? Why allow UNSW to set up shop here? If you tell me that we have not enough spaces in our universities to cater to Singaporeans, then why are we paying money (in the form of scholarships) to fund such leeches to study here? It is totally different if they are paying (without the tuition grant). However, we are wasting places, places which could be given to another Singaporean and enrich his life such that he can contribute more to Singapore.
The sad thing is that such talents are, more often than not, losing to our local population. Mind you, they are losing to those who are in Singapore Universities. We in Singapore public universities are those who cannot get a scholarship, which means we are not the “elite”. Yet they are losing to us. And we are funding their education. Bullshit I say.
I just feel that money can be well spent elsewhere. Don’t waste our tax money on people who take advantage of us.