Dr Ng Eng Hen to Singaporeans: Maintain multi-ethnic harmony in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on June 18, 2012
In the midst of rising tensions between Singaporeans and foreigners in Singapore, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has called on Singaporeans to “maintain racial and religious harmony in Singapore, no matter what changes the country undergoes.”
Speaking at a Duan Wu carnival held at Toa Payoh Central Community Clubyesterday when Filipinos in Singapore celebrated their ‘Independence Day’ in style in Suntec City, Dr Ng added that it’s also important that the various ethnic groups preserve their own culture, heritage and values without realizing that there are many more ethnic groups in Singapore now as a result of the government’s ultra-liberal immigration policies.
Dr Ng said the Duan Wu Festival helps Singaporeans to appreciate Chinese culture and heritage and it’s also an opportunity to reach out to other races, to strengthen social bonding.
“We have to help them preserve what we find is valuable so that when they’re in charge of Singapore, they will take Singapore in the right path and in the next higher step – so that all of us can make sure that Singapore continues to progress and become the Singapore that we want,” he said.
Unfortunately, with the influx of large numbers of foreigners to dilute the nascent Singapore culture, future generations of Singaporeans may have no ‘culture’ to speak of.