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Unease of public on having Taiwanese APOs to guard security locations in Singapore

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13.01.2018

Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam stated in a Parliament written answer that the government will allow Auxiliary Police Forces (APFs) to recruit Taiwanese Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs) and be deployed at land checkpoints along with Singaporean APOs.

He was responding to questions filed by MP for West Coast GRC Patrick Tay Teck Guan who asked the Minister for Home Affairs what are the manpower challenges facing the auxiliary Police forces and what are the Ministry's considerations when allowing the deployment of foreign auxiliary Police officers at security sensitive locations.

The minister stated that there is a rising demand of APOs, however, Singaporean and Malaysian APOs could not satisfy the numbers.

Many members of public have since commented on the issue, asking how would foreigners protect the country like Singaporeans do and should the government raise the salary so as to attract Singaporeans for the job.

Henry Townshend wrote, 'Raise the salary and see what happen,don't always whine you don't have enough workforce all the time."

Suresh Kumar wrote, 'Checkpoint security using Taiwanese national? I love my Government.
What's next? RSAF & RSN, Taiwanese too?"

Tan Ah Kow wrote, "Can we replace our ministers with foreigners as well? They are cheaper and hence better right?"

Arnold Huang wrote, "Increase the pay and the locals will apply. Same logic as ministers - increase the pay lah."

Shaffii Tay wrote, "You want Singaporean, easy. Pay us the right salary or generously for that repetitive duties and I'm sure many will come flocking."

Shabilah Akbar wrote, "Now more and more foreigners are working in Singapore in almost all fields. What makes you think the Taiwanese are going to be........

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