DPM Teo urges Singaporeans to make immigrants feel ‘welcomed’ in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on April 28, 2012
In other countries, immigrants are expected to assimilate into local society by themselves, but in Singapore, not only are huge amount of public funds being spent yearly to help the newcomers integrate, Singaporeans are also exhorted constantly by their leaders to embrace them with an open heart.
Speaking at the Community Engagement Programme (CEP) dialogue on Saturday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Singapore needs to pay extra attention to facilitating the new immigrants who are ready to sink roots here, so that they integrate into society more quickly.
“Singaporeans need to do their part to make newcomers feel welcome, and to help them imbibe the values that have made Singapore strong as a society,” he said without elaborating on the part of immigrants themselves.
He also dismissed the views espoused by some netizens against the government’s immigration policies as ‘extreme’ and held by only a ‘minority':
“Anonymity on the Internet emboldens people, encouraging them to take on more extreme views than they might otherwise….The Internet also amplifies the extreme views, even though they might be in the minority, and virtual mobs form to cheer or jeer, which only help to accentuate the differences, polarise and inflame emotions further.”
A recent White Paper released by the National Population and Talent Division under the Prime Minister’s Office recommends Singapore taking in 20,000 to 25,000 new citizens each year.
With more immigrants coming into Singapore, Singaporeans must make an extra conscious effort to make them feel welcomed, accepted and happy in Singapore.