Lets Talk about Countries Worse off than Us
The title screamed that “Immigration laws [in Singapore] are among the world’s friendliest”. Well, I have to admit that this is true. No doubt that Singapore has a welcoming (but am not sure how transparent) immigration policy that benefits it in many ways. But our beloved media have a rather distinctive way of portraying it....
The article talks at length about how U.S., China and France are among the worst in the rankings. It highlights that China and India have the most awful immigration policies among Asian countries. And of course only a measly three percent of companies found Singapore’s immigration law not so friendly. It be backed up with a quote from some dude who will say that Singapore is the “regional headquarter hub”.
Look more closely and you will see that among the countries that beat Singapore were South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada and Taiwan. We were trounced by three Asian countries. Even better.... a country which achieved the same rating as Singapore was Thailand, which the last time I checked, lies in Southeast Asia.
But no, these countries are not worth discussing. There is no point in us discussing why these countries fared better. We only want to compare with countries that we oredi know are worse than us and think of ourselves as being the first and best in everything we do.
Sigh, when will our media ever grow up?