I came home last night after work at about 10.30pm. My mum took out from the fridge few pieces of the most beautiful cakes I ever saw. Those cakes must be very expensive.
My mum told me those little cakes were given by that Indian family staying on the same floor unit directly opposite the lift.
My block of flats has 13 floors with 5 units on each floor. There is only one lift lobby with two lifts. Four units are 5-room flats with only one 4-room flat on each level. My 4-room flat is on the right side of the lift as one comes out.
That Indian family with two young children live in the 5-room flat directly in front of the lift. The other corner flat on the left side of the lift is occupied by few Filipinos. Only myself and my immediate corner neighbour are the original first owners (bought direct from HDB). The other units have changed hands and sometimes even a couple of times.
That Indian family just shifted in about three months ago. They rent the whole flat from a ROC couple. The ROC couple shifted to the nearby Livia condominium. The ROC couple are Mandarin teachers who made their fortune teaching Chinese bought this resale flat more than 5 years ago. It’s a good investment for them. It’s extra rental income from their HDB resale flat when so many Singaporeans are queuing to buy HDB flats. Here, we have this ROC PRs having two flats – public and private. Yes, they are much smarter than us daft Singaporeans.
Most of the time when I happen to meet either the Filipinos or the Indians, they would just smile and nod their heads. Those Filipinos ever told me that they are working in the aerospace industry at Changi Industrial Park. Although I’ve never spoken to the Indian family, obviously they are not local Indians. Their spoken English and the way they behave do not appear to be locals. I’ll try to find out more about them.
When my mum told me that the Indian lady living in the unit in front of the lift landing gave her those cakes, I was quite surprised. My mum told me that it’s their 3 year old son’s birthday. She’d given cakes to every household on the same floor.
My mum told me that the corner Chinese family intended to buy some story books for the birthday boy. My mum suggested buying some toy cars. The cakes got some car design so that birthday boy obviously loves cars, my mum reasoned. My mum will get few toy cars tomorrow for that boy. It’s a tit for tat, reciprocal situation where as Asians, we return a gift or favor.
The cakes are so lovely that we didn’t feel like eating them. We will just keep them for another day in the fridge.
If all those FT immigrants behave like that Indian FT family where they take the trouble to break the ice and interact with locals; will there be any issue? This example clearly obliterates any anti-foreigner sentiment or “xenophobia” that the mass media portray us as such.
The Indian family quoted here is well behaved. They didn’t cause any nuisance. They shut their door once they return home. They smile and nod their heads when we meet each other at the void deck or lift lobby.
This is the kind of FTs we welcome. Not those idiots making all kinds of insults against local natives and instigating us on Facebook. Most of us are against FTs taking away jobs from locals with their dirt cheap wages. Jobs such as cashiers, sales retailing, hawkers, bus drivers, customer services etc which locals can do. If they are professionals with real “talent” like that Indian family, I believe most of us do not really mind.
In short, we welcome quality immigrants but not those “Foreign Trash” posting all kinds of idiotic insults or remarks against local natives.
I find the recent statements over the last weekend by our leaders on “open integration” with foreigners puzzling. It seems that we natives got to give face to those immigrants and tolerate their nonsense? If only those foreigners behave well in our country and make an effort to reach out and integrate like that Indian family quoted here; do you think there will be any issue?
Are they barking at the wrong tree? Let’s hope that our great leaders will bark at the correct tree! Pls don’t langgar the locals where you need us as much as we need you to create a better future for both of us.