Ng Eng Hen to Singaporeans: Remain ‘open’ to ‘integration’ with new citizens
Posted by temasektimes on July 16, 2012
With too many foreigners being accepted into Singapore within too short a period of time which makes integration almost impossible to begin with, the government appears to be panicking with almost daily exhortations to Singaporeans to ‘integrate’ (or assimilate?) with the new ‘pets’ they have mass-imported into Singapore.
Foreigners now made up 40 percent of Singapore’s population with the demographics changed beyond recognition that even the newcomers themselves are astounded as well.
One PRC teacher blogged recently that she does not know whether she is in Singapore or China at times with the large numbers of mainland Chinese speaking in their various accents on the streets.
Speaking during a community event yesterday, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen urged Singaporeans and new citizens to integrate with the rest of the community.
He expressed confidence that the process will be faster if Singaporeans remain OPEN and new citizens take the initiative.
“Integration is a two-way street. It takes two hands to clap. And so we have to be open, for those of us who have been here longer. And I think for new citizens, they also have to step forward. So if one side remains open, the other side takes the initiative, both sides meet together, I think that will make it much faster,” said Dr Ng.
Dr Ng’s call for Singaporeans to ‘integrate’ with the immigrants came less than one week after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s earlier exhortation for Singaporeans to ‘reach out’ to them on a personal level and at work.