S Iswaran urges Singaporeans to ‘integrate’
Posted by temasektimes on July 15, 2012
Speaking to the state media on the sidelines of a racial harmony event in his constituency today, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, S Iswaran urged Singaporeans to learn to integrate and be part of a larger society.
He stressed the need for ongoing dialogue, not just across ethnic or cultural groups, but with different religious groups as well.
“One of Singapore’s basic tenets has been that we view multi-culturalism as a basic organising principle,” Mr Iswaran said.
He added that Singapore has to ensure that multiculturalism remains a ‘vibrant’ part of Singapore “where (when) people from very different cultural and religious backgrounds come here, they feel free to practise, pursue their faith, pursue their religion, but being a part of a larger Singapore society and integrate in that manner.”
Due to the government’s ultra-liberal and pro-foreigner immigration policies, Singapore has become ‘multi-national’ of late with foreigners from all over the world flocking here to live, work and study, changing the island state’s demographics beyond recognition.