A report in the Business Times, 24 April 2012, highlighted the gradual drying up of Singapore’s usual sources of foreign blue-collar workers. The story, headlined “S’pore magnet losing its foreign worker pull” by Cai Haoxiang is archived in Asia One.

The traditional source of unskilled labour, Malaysia, dried up years ago. But in recent years it has been harder to find Thai, mainland Chinese, and even Indian workers, reported the Business Times.

It attributed the trend to successful economic development in these source countries. China is also rapidly industrialising and supply is diminishing, the report noted.