DPM Tharman to new citizens: Form ‘meaningful’ relationships with Singaporeans
Posted by temasektimes on August 25, 2012
With the social divide between native Singaporeans and immigrants becoming wider, PAP leaders have been urging both sides to ‘integrate’ with one another to maintain the peace in tiny Singapore, the latest being Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Speaking at the National Citizenship Ceremony held at the Supreme Court Auditorium today where he presented certificates to 128 new citizens, DPM Tharman said that the basis for the country’s success is Singaporeans who live and work as one united people to forge a better future for all.
DPM Tharman reminded the audience Singapore’s ability to keep improving as a nation and its ability to overcome problems will continue to depend on the same national virtues that have brought the country to this point.
“These include striving to improve in whatever Sinagporeans do, making the effort to work together and with each other regardless of the diverse origins, and welcoming committed people like new citiziens to contribute to the nation,” he added.
He also urged the new citizens to form meaningful relationships with Singaporeans and join them in strengthening the social harmony.
Singapore is now experiencing problems integrating the immigrants into society as too many of them have been admitted within too short a period of time without any prior planning or research.