Shanmugam: ‘Prejudicial’ views are not acceptable in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on August 25, 2012
In his latest posting on his Facebook, Mr Shanmugam explained that he shared the complaint made by his resident about Indian neighbors to make a point that racist sentiments still exist in Singapore and the way they sometimes get expressed.
On August 21, Mr Shanmugam had written about a resident who was upset about his Indian neighbors, describing the complaints as being quite disturbing as it appears the man sees his neighbour’s race as being the problem.
His posting prompted many comments from Singaporeans expressing support for multi-racialism which gladdens Mr Shanmugam:
“The resulting (overwhelming) support for multi racialism, and against prejudice, has in my view been helpful – it reiterates our common value that such prejudicial views are not acceptable. That helps strengthen norms, values, and makes us an even stronger multi racial society ,” Mr Shanmugam wrote.
Mr Shanmugam added that this will make those who want to say such things again in the future feel a ‘little bit more constrained’:
“These sentiments are not restricted to any one racial group nor are they exclusively directed at only at any one racial group. But I also belive that an increasing majority of our society believe in racial harmony and will object to prejudice,” he quipped.