Grant emigrants dual citizenship, suggests Peh
Times (Singapore) | Jan 31, 1990
THE GOVERNMENT should consider granting
dual citizenship to Singaporeans who have emigrated, urged Member
of Parliament Peh Chin Hua.
Writing in Petir, Mr Peh, MP for the Jalan Besar group representative
constituency, suggested that the government restore citizenship
to Singaporean emigrants, provided they have completed national
service (NS) or returned for reservist training.
Those who have not served NS but have made special contributions
to the country could be issued with a five-year temporary residentship,
These people could become permanent residents if their children
serve NS. And older emigrants who wish to return to Singapore to
spend their old age here could be granted senior residentship, provided
they are financially independent.
A fourth proposal the MP put up for the government's consideration
is the extension of the two-week visa for Singapore emigrants to
three to six months, provided they have not violated any Singapore
law or marred the reputation of the country.
As most Singapore emigrants are "professionals and successful
people", they can contribute to the economic well-being and
growth and help promote Singapore as a trade and investment centre,
said Mr Peh.
Entrepreneurs here should therefore be outward-looking and work
hand-in-hand with overseas Singaporeans and tap their expertise.
The government should also consider setting up schools in countries
with large numbers of Singaporeans, for the benefit of their children's
education on their return to Singapore.