Xenophobia is a non-issue here. The government is over reacting because our exceptional reputation is at risk. Just imagine and I bet it has happened when foreign leaders meet with our leaders and query our recent anti-foreigner sentiments. Can you imagine visitors asking President Obama about rising high profile gun incidents in America? America is being America but Singapore is turning into something else and these visitors unthinkingly thought that we can have our cake and eat it. You can't.
This government forgets that its policies are causing us to become just like any other global city, albeit trying to the among the best. They forget that you cannot be uniquely Singapore as we have come to be known from how we got here when they execute strategies for us to wear it like London or New York for global citizens work and play here. You must choose. As usual they want to have everything. It is all rhetoric because when life is lived you start trying to have everything but eventually are forced to choose when you have become so exhausted and stressed. There is work-life, lots of it but just ignore the balance and cut out the babies to get more life.
Our leaders conveniently forget to consider that in other societies if foreigners were accepted at such rates and numbers, there would already be riots in the streets and the government voted out of power long ago.
We are still exceptional but we are gradually losing it. We might be over paying for the many things we can see today with the precious unseen intangibles of what is Singapore.
I wish these ministers would shut up. They have no damn moral authority to talk about xenophobia to us. They created the situation, and we are not xenophobic. The badly behaving foreigners, if we kick them it is because our feet couldn't reach the government shins. Well the government is finally reacting but wrongly.
Update: 10am. What others are saying