As a FT here (educated here, have son here, work here, spend here, tax here, rent here etc), our intention is make money and live safely. Eat bread, drink office coffee or cup noodle, foodcourt in shopping mall or restaurant are just same as any citizen.
I am from Malaysia and I would assure you only that little of FT is welcomed! Why? even the locals are not given the same oppurtunities, not to mention the chances of global exposures and to compete with the neighbours. What do you see in my country? Narrow minded people and their pride of driving Kancil..... isn't it sad, my country with so much potential and resources but to where have we reached?
And those who think living rate is cheaper in Malaysia, do make a trip to my hometown - KK, Sabah. A normal breakfast (fried noodle, kopi-o) RM 7.70 = S$3.20. How much is the normal office salary there? RM1100 ~ RM1700. Normal experienced engineer about RM2300 ~ RM3300! Petrol of RM2 per litre. Bus and taxi not frequent, so buy Kancil or 2nd hand wira... now how about the 99yrs leasehold 2 storey terrace house? starting from RM300k (area as big as 4-rm HDB). Do we have apartment? Yes! our lousy private apartment size of S'pore 3-rm HDB starting from RM150k. on top of that, residents pay management fee and town council fee just to have the rubbish cleared once in every 3 or 4 days, not like here so frequent! We do have freehold, but the condition is same as MAS and cost millions... even in KK town.
So how many percent of those coming from such background (nothing back home) would want to go back and start all over again? Can they guarantee their offspring will have better future?
All these really depends on the people and their background, experiences and both native as well as host environment. We complain like citizen but we bear the frustration just like citizen, Singapore is still a heaven to some or hell to some.