Singapore Welcomes Hong Kong Expats!

By Shaun Tan

By Shaun Tan

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Staff Writer


Hey there, are you a high-skilled expat living in Hong Kong?


Has your daily life been inconvenienced by the protests roiling the city?


Do you foresee the city’s prospects dimming because of the prolonged unrest?


Are you baffled at why people would bother protesting over non-bread-and-butter issues? (Don’t worry, we don’t understand it either.)


Then consider relocating to Singapore! Here, you can have all the things you enjoyed in Hong Kong – low tax rates, cheap domestic help, good schools, efficient public services, luxury shopping and accommodation – and all the benefits of living in an Asian financial hub without the messiness. In an age of uncertainty, here is stability. In a time of flux, here is order. In a world of turmoil, here is a safe harbor.


From the investor Jim Rogers, to Eduardo Saverin of Facebook, to Zhang Yong of Haidilao, Singapore has long been the home of choice for the rich and flighty. It’s not hard to see why! Like Hong Kong, Singapore used to be a British colony. Unlike Hong Kong, it has no pesky tradition of relative liberty since that was crushed out of it long ago by its founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. Unlike Hong Kongers, Singaporeans are practical and pragmatic. They prize peace and order over all else and would never jeopardize them for abstract things like “freedom” or “rights” or “not being arbitrarily detained.”


Are you tired of having to detour to avoid street demonstrations? There was, like, one demonstration here a few years back; it consisted of just one guy walking around the city carrying a sign and he was jailed for it soon after! Are you sick of uncomfortable discussions about domestic politics? Singaporeans have no interest whatsoever in discussing stuff like that! Are you weary of the endless protest-related news? If there were ever mass anti-government protests in Singapore, its neutered mainstream press wouldn’t report it, and, anyway, that would never happen because what’s there to protest about here?


A wise man once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety have made a smart choice.” In that spirit, we invite you, too, to make a smart choice and become part of Singapore’s success story!


We look forward to welcoming you here!

Ministry of Manpower

Republic of Singapore

Because freedom is overrated.