Why no paid childcare leave for parents of non-citizen children?
From Alex Ruiz de la Cuesta 04:46 AM Aug 30, 2012
Mr Eugene K B Tan's commentary "A timely look at those 'other' issues" (Aug 28) refers to the National Day Rally and exhorts Singaporeans to consider that their attitudes towards non-Singaporeans may lead to discrimination.
At a time when parental leave is being discussed, I find it discriminatory that parents of a citizen child under the age of seven get six days of paid childcare leave per year but not so for parents of a non-citizen child.
Is the aim of the policy to encourage Singaporeans to have more children, while disregarding non-Singaporeans because their offspring is of no value to the country?
Do the latter not partake of the Singapore culture and lifestyle?
Are they not raised in the same environments and schools as citizen children, and do none of them become Singaporeans later?
Are the sons of permanent residents not required to do National Service?
In no other country have I observed such a practice and I wonder how much it contributes to the integration our leaders speak so much of.
from http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC12 ... n-children
If he is so upset, why doesn't he
(1) Apply for citizenship for his son (and maybe himself)?
(2) Don't apply PR for his son (or himself)?
(3) Go back to his home country where he will enjoy childcare leave as a citizen?
(4) Move to a country which doesn't discriminate against PRs?
If his son is PR, he can always choose to give up his PR and not do NS. Singaporeans don't have this option. That's why we have the privilege of childcare leave.