UPDATE : Some people commented here and in TOC's Facebook that these rules are in place to prevent marriage of convenience when foreigners marry Singaporeans to get PRs. But how can it be?These spouses are denied after they have children and in this case the oldest child is 9 years old yet the mother is denied when it is clearly not a marriage of convenience. Others suggest that the rules are there to prevent foreigners from cheating our men - this does not make sense because it is applied to poor men only....there is more to cheat from richer men...clearly that is not the case for this lorry driver who has been married for 10 years. The only possible logic is the govt does not want poor men to procreate and is using these restrictions to discourage them - it is already bad enough that hard working men find it difficult to make ends meet because of the income gap...they are often made poorer because of govt policies often don't favor them e.g. importing cheap labor causing their wages to be depressed, having no minimum wage laws and rising cost of living. Yet, the govt put more obstacles to prevent them from making their own lives better ....this Jason Lim struggled for 9 years to raise his family working as a lorry driver and on the day he died he still couldn't get PR for his wife.....what does our society gain by making him go through his ordeal? This is unjust.
This is one issue that really makes me angry and I'll keep highlighting it until the govt changes its policy. What they are doing is downright unconscionable, highly discriminatory, unnecessary and harms a large number of poor Singapore families. If this is the first time you learn about this, I hope you can tell others what our govt has been doing so that everyone is aware that the people they elect as leaders are doing this.
Our authorities pursue a discriminatory policy against low income Singaporean men married to foreigners. Their wives cannot get PR or citizenship and can only stay in Singapore by applying for LTVP (Long Term Visitor Pass) . Supporting a family when you're poor in Singapore is extremely tough given the high cost of living. For these poor Singaporean men with foreign wives, their problems are compounded because those on LTVP are not allowed to work, cannot get subsidised medical care and apply for HDB flats.
Singapore gives out PRs and citizenship to so many foreigners.... many of whom have stayed here only for a short duration yet PR and citizenship is denied for Jason Lim's wife who is also the mother of 4 Singaporeans who have to serve NS when they are older.
Making the poor struggle and undermining the well being of Singaporean children with foreign mothers, harms thousands of families in our country. It exacerbates the pain of poverty for these families without any gains for our society. If the PAP may think that they gained something by penalising the poor for getting married and having children, but they have not...they have lost the trust and support of these men and everyone in the country that feels that each Singaporean should be treated with fairness and dignity.