Tan Chuan Jin: The Singapore identity is ‘alive and kicking’
Posted by temasektimes on July 24, 2012
The relentless influx of foreigners into Singapore in the last five years have changed the island’s demographics to beyond any recognition leading to an erosion of the nascent Singapore identity which has been built up painstakingly since 1965, however according to Minister of State for Manpower Tan Chuan Jin, the Singapore identity is still ‘alive and kicking’.
Speaking during an interview with FM 93.8 ‘Live Ask Programme’ last week, Mr Tan said the Singapore identity is for each individual to discover for themselves and not something which the state can dictate.
He is optimistic that the Singapore identity is alive and growing:
“The Singaporean identity is alive and kicking. We are tied up in a web of relationships, memories, and experiences we all share and that, collectively, with our own individual interpretation, makes up what it means to be Singaporean.”
Mr Tan also calls on Singaporeans to work together with one another to build a future for Singapore:
“We should be proud of it, and work together in whatever capacities to really build a future that we can call our own, and can provide for our children.”
About forty percent of Singapore’s population is now made up of foreigners. Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasing number are born overseas.