Whichever option Singapore chooses in tackling the issue of foreign inflows will involve some pain, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday in his National Day Rally speech.
He said that there are no easy choices when it comes to immigration and foreigners: close the doors to foreign workers, and the economy will suffer; let too many in, and society will be adversely affected.
Even as Singapore looks for an in-between solution, trade-offs will still occur. As such, Mr Lee said it is his responsibility to make a judgment on what Singapore needs.
He added that he will account for his decisions to Singaporeans.