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Are Singaporeans turning their backs on expats?

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Singapore is known as one of the key business hubs in the Asia-Pacific region, attracting millions of high-profile expats… but this may be changing

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks during a press conference at the end of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 15, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The city-state’s economy has traditionally relied on foreigners who live and work in the region, but there is growing anger amongst Singaporeans towards overseas workers.

This has been fuelled by the pandemic, which has caused a higher than normal unemployment rate, with some locals saying they have little to no job prospects because the large expat community is taking them.

Although some say they are being deprived of better job prospects, others say they are fed up with cultural differences.

Meanwhile, expats are also increasingly reporting incidents of xenophobia… saying they don’t feel welcome in the nation.

Singapore’s PM says his citizens “must not turn their backs” on foreigners as this would “gravely damage the city-state’s reputation as an international hub”.

But these comments may be too little too late, with recent statistics showing that the total number of workers from overseas declined by almost 14% in 2020 alone.

Experts believe this is also filled by varying border restrictions as Covid outbreaks flared up, as well as non-residents being put to the back of the vaccination queue.

Singapore has a tough job ahead to maintain its business hub reputation and lure more foreigners back to the once-bustling city-state.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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