Privileges and responsibilities
He also noted that Singapore already has too many PRs and are enjoying full citizen privileges without the citizen’s responsibilities. In an example of the latter, he said only around 30 per cent of all boys of PRs do national service.
In line with this, he said children of PRs must be made to do national service and that the government should make it an offence for them not to do so.
In addition, he proposed a levy of about $50,000 chargeable to PRs who buy HDB flats from the open market. Such flats could then be only resold to Singaporeans and the levy would be refunded within five years if the PR took up citizenship.
“The differentiated privileges will separate the genuine ones from those who are here for a ride. We should grant PRs to those who are most likely going to take up citizenships so these differentiated privileges should not stifle our plans to attract quality PRs and new citizens,” said Singh.