The dawn and dusk of realisation

Even when it’s a busy streak, and you really can’t afford to have anything else occupy the tiniest bit of your mind, little things dawn on you.

Like how there seem to be two classes of non-residents in Singapore:

Foreign workers – people from overseas who work to contribute to the economy

Expatriates – people from overseas who spend work to contribute to the economy

Non-residents who work at construction sites or as domestic helpers are called foreign workers. Any other non-tourist, non-resident is known as an expatriate. Why ah?

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Citizen? Permanent Resident? Foreign Worker? Expatriate? Don’t care lah!

Surf stop: New Paper New Face 2005

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17 thoughts on “The dawn and dusk of realisation”

  1. Foreign workers = Work Permit for “unskilled or semi-skilled foreign workers”
    Expatriates/foreign talent = Employment Pass for “foreign professionals, managers, executives, specialists or entrepreneurs”

    (Information from the Ministry of Manpower.)

    So it depends on how “talented” you are.

  2. Foreign workers = Work Permit for “unskilled or semi-skilled foreign workers”
    Expatriates/foreign talent = Employment Pass for “foreign professionals, managers, executives, specialists or entrepreneurs”

    (Information from the Ministry of Manpower.)

    So it depends on how “talented” you are.

  3. Heh… good one Tym… I suppose it has to do with the money you earn too… Unless you’re an overpaid road sweeper. Hmmm… Like you know a sanitation and waste management specialist. =P

  4. Heh… good one Tym… I suppose it has to do with the money you earn too… Unless you’re an overpaid road sweeper. Hmmm… Like you know a sanitation and waste management specialist. =P

  5. Well, the money one earns depends partly on the qualifications needed for that job and whether one is considered a “professional” or not? So one could clean toilets or “clean” the systems that run the toilets…

  6. Well, the money one earns depends partly on the qualifications needed for that job and whether one is considered a “professional” or not? So one could clean toilets or “clean” the systems that run the toilets…

  7. I heard some domestic helpers aka maids have bachelor degrees, but this doesn’t make them expats. While some expats have only a bachelor degree (no MBA or management post qualifications) but are cataputed into managerial positions when they come over…

  8. I heard some domestic helpers aka maids have bachelor degrees, but this doesn’t make them expats. While some expats have only a bachelor degree (no MBA or management post qualifications) but are cataputed into managerial positions when they come over…

  9. the segregating is based, firstly by skin colour, followed by pay scale. Face the facts, would you look in amazement, at a white construction worker in singapore? or a bangladeshi CEO employed as an expat to head an MNC office here?

  10. the segregating is based, firstly by skin colour, followed by pay scale. Face the facts, would you look in amazement, at a white construction worker in singapore? or a bangladeshi CEO employed as an expat to head an MNC office here?

  11. The question to ask is, is this specific to singapore, or a international practice.

    If I were to try and work in europe or aussie, for example, without a degree, would I be labelled an expatriate?

  12. The question to ask is, is this specific to singapore, or a international practice.

    If I were to try and work in europe or aussie, for example, without a degree, would I be labelled an expatriate?

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