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disturbing film of tv crew attacked by migrants in sweden

21 Mar

london 10.07pm monday 2016

i was quite shocked at seeing it. i bet the swedes must regret letting these migrants in. the migrants have taken over this small town and made it their strong hold. and after all that, the police wont investigate it and arrest the ringleader and put him away… no wonder they feel bold to do it in front of cameras. and after that film , another was shown with australians demonstrating to let in more refugees into australia. well, it is tempting to say ‘ we shall see if they still feel the same when they get beaten up by gangs of these refugees. ha’. but it should be said that these migrants from africa are a different kind of migrants from the ones coming in from burma, which the australians get mostly.

it is only the african migrants that are so violent and seem like an invading army instead of fleeing migrants. i daresay u will say i am racist. but i am talking of africans, from the african continent, not a race. people should really accept that there are good migrants and bad ones, and lets face it the ones coming into europe now have enough bad ones in it to give the rest a bad name. 

closing borders

25 Oct

london 6.42am 7C sunday 2015 sunrise 6.41am sunset 4.47pm

woke up at 7am the old time, as i slept early and forgot to change the clocks. it is really 6am and still dark. but now it is bright even though sunrise was only 4mins ago, and looks like a sunny day. yesterday it would still be dark at this time. 

this headline made me wonder if that is the solution to the refugee crisis… let all the other Non EU countries lying along the path close their borders. now that serbia is threatening to close its borders, maybe when it does turkey will start to close its borders with syria, and thus close off the land route to europe. you can see if turkey closes its borders with syria, or stop encouraging them, it would stop the refugees from entering europe.  i bet now turkey let them run through their country maybe even facillate it by giving them free travel passes. after all the french are doing it hastening their flight to uk by giving free train passes to refugees.   that will reduce the numbers from syria. i think europe tried to make a deal with turkey by giving them more money to stop the refugees or contain them in turkey, but the turks dont buy that saying we are not a refugee camp. but if serbia closes its border… and it is doing so by building a fence now, and the water crossing to greece from turkey is blocked (a big if, as water crossing is hard to block) that will bottleneck the refugees in turkey.

 the african refugees will continue. but  the world is not so sympathetic to them, compared to syria. and if there is a way to make the northern african countries stop refugees crossing their borders , say if u return the refugees to them, they might start discouraging the refugees from going through their country. that may be the strategy the EU can take, to make the other countries that now hasten the refugees on their way to europe, realise that it is not getting rid of the refugees, and out of sheer own survival will stop any more refugees from using their country as a escape route to europe. 

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Singapore shocked by worst riots in decades, as migrant workers vent anger | World news | theguardian.com

9 Dec

Singapore shocked by worst riots in decades, as migrant workers vent anger | World news | theguardian.com.

quite a landmark event, because riots are unheard of in singapore. this one involves guest workers of indian origin. and it might be worth noting that the bus driver might be a guest worker of mainland chinese origin. two lot of guest workers working for low pay and harbouring their own prejudices and venting their resentment that they are paid less than others.

we allready can see in other parts of the world, the guest workers are rebelling against their low pay and working conditions.( I m thinking of saudi arabia and the arab countries) though i expect the authorities  in every nation affected not just in singapore will be clamping down hard on the unfortunates who are involved in the riots.  they can jail and deport them and forever mark them down. what is the solution? i am afraid i dont have any to offer. this is modern slavery or call it  by its other name, free market forces/capitalism. haha.

even here in uk there are objections by locals to migrant labour from mainly east europeans; though bosses of pizza chains like domino etc say they need these low paid workers to work in jobs that british workers dont want because with the dole, it would not be worth it to work for such low wages.

added.10.12.13 it has occurred to me that these people are just like my ancestors, who came to malaysia from china to work. the only difference nowadays is that countries are now aware of the consequences of allowing unfettered migration and granting of citizenships to these migrant workers. so there is no question of them settling and breeding there. in the past, there were less people. 

Added.14.12.13 this link, bertha harian, gives a good idea of what happened. It seems the guy who died was drunk , he was an indian migrant worker, many of whom,(40,000 of them) were bussed in by private buses from their dorm to weekend in little india. they drink beer and socialise and send money back. there was a suggestion that the riots were beer fueled and involved these migrant workers. so now there is a ban on alcohol in little india. the govt is sensitive about popular opinion and have caused to close down a website breakfastnetwork that publishes contributions from individuals. the govt wants the website to register and hence be subject to controlls by the govt and to prosecution if any of its contributors say things that the govt dont like. so the breakfast network decides to close it down. the govt is afraid of unregulated comments by its citizens. maybe it has a good reason to be worried about unfettered comments. after all, we do know that people making incendiary comments can spark things off. i think most people would recognise that the riots are not a criticism of the govt, but is due to the tensions associated with a large migrant labour force that is paid minimally, if at all, and subjected to a lot of punitive practices to keep costs low. it is a world wide problem.

it seems the breakfast network is a very responsible one, it gives a fair view and here it gives an idea of the working and living (this is the facebook link to the breakfast network, which the govt is also trying to shut down;)conditions of the migrant workers, and it seems most of them like the conditions in singapore. of course it might be a PR exercise , but i doubt it, it sounds authentic. this is not saudi arabia. The govt should let breakfast network continue to publish. it seems to be a responsible network.

the govt’s viewpoint

MDA reiterated that the content of “Breakfast Network” is not the issue. Rather, it is the mode of operation, which could mean a greater possibility for foreign influence.

It said the registration requirement seeks to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone.

The principle is a long-standing one, and there is no departure from its Internet regulatory framework, said MDA. 

added. singaporeans might be resentful of the foreign workers. not so much these labourers, but the skilled foreigners encouraged to come to work. there is no requirement that firms hire singaporeans of similar skills, in fact the opposite in fact, as firms who hire singaporeans have to pay 16%  contribution to the local’s  CPF (Central Provident Fund, a kind of pension for the singaporean worker) not required if they hire a foreigner. this link is about the makeup of workers in employment and unemployed.

even though it said over a million over 15yrs old are neither employed or unemployed, (termed economically inactive)almost all is in training, retired, or ill health, or carers. 2.3% are discouraged or ‘other’ for not working. even if u include those who are ‘resting’, it comes to 5.2%.

Singapore has no social security, so there is no way of finding out who are unemployed except from their own descriptions. some might not want to say they are unemployed because they cannot find work, (they dont want to lose face). those listed as too old, may be those who have been made redundant , though not yet old enough for retirement. it seems a lot of 40yr olds have been made redundant, for being too expensive to hire, or suffering ill health. Even though the article warned that there might be many who may not want to say they are unable to find work, and give other reasons, there may be many wives who chose not to work , as their husbands earn enough and they want to look after their own children rather than work and use up their salary hiring someone else. I know a singapore friend of mine who both his wife and him  trained as dentists, with the wife stop work to look after the kids. 

 

What is uk’s unemployment rate for 2013? according to google it is 7.6% 2.47million.