2 Chronicles 8.7-10
“There were still people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites (these people were not Israelites). Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these people remaining in the land—whom the Israelites had not destroyed—to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day. But Solomon did not make slaves of the Israelites for his work; they were his fighting men, commanders of his captains, and commanders of his chariots and charioteers. They were also King Solomon’s chief officials—two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.”
As I read local online forums, I get the impression that Singaporeans don’t complain about those foreign workers who come to do menial jobs such as construction work. They do not want to do these kind of works anyway. Whom they do complain is the foreign PMETS (Professionals, Managers, Executives, and Technicians) who directly compete against them for the same job (e.g., yours truly, thank you very much). Thus, it is the same mentality which perhaps has already been embedded in humanity since the ancient time: the locals must subdue the foreigners who live in their land. The foreigners serve as slave labor, while the locals serve as the commanders (although we haven’t got out of the colonial mentality yet, where we somehow deem the Westerners to be higher than us — and thus we have the three categories of foreigners: “foreign workers”, “foreign talents”, and “expats”).