PM Lee to Singaporeans: You should help new citizens ‘fit in’
Posted by temasektimes on July 21, 2012
After importing too many immigrants within too short a period of time which makes integration impossible and leading to rising social tensions between native Singaporeans and new citizens, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is now calling on Singaporeans to help the newcomers ‘fit in’.
Speaking at his Teck Ghee ward’s racial harmony celebrations, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has cautioned Singaporeans to pay attention to new fault lines that have appeared between new and old citizens due to the government’s discriminatory policies which put locals at a disadvantage.
PM Lee also appeared to come to the realization finally when he said “new citizens may be ethnically similar, but the fault lines develop as they have different norms, habits and attitude.”
“Citizens must work together to ensure that the differences do not affect social stability in Singapore….Singaporeans should help the new citizens fit in,” he added.
Due to the government’s open-door immigration and labor policies, large number of foreigners have flocked to Singapore to study, work and live in the last five years leading to rampant inflation, sky-rocketing property values, stagnant wages and an obvious decline in the quality of life.