Slave labor and commanders

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”).

2 thoughts on “Slave labor and commanders

  1. yosua

    I don’t think the complaint only on “yours truly, thank you very much” vocation level, but on the menial jobs as well. Apparently forum doesn’t provide unbiased view of society, since people involves in menial tasks most likely won’t have time to engage in forum, as well as peoples who are just doing fine competing (and hence had no complaint about foreign talent). I pretty much agree with the saying of a minister (I forget who) that Singapore is already going global, therefore competition is no longer local. So I think the definition of “local” in Singapore that really need a lot of review.


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