DPM Tharman wants Singaporeans to show more ‘understanding’ towards foreigners
Posted by temasektimes on August 28, 2012
With social tension fast rising between native Singaporeans and foreigners, PAP leaders have been exhorting Singaporeans to show more ‘understanding’ and ‘tolerance’ towards them and to embrace them with an open heart.
Following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech calling on Singaporeans to form meaningful relationships with the newcomers, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam now implored Singaporeans to stop their vitriol towards foreigners.
In a posting on his Facebook, DPM Tharman acknowledged that “Singaporeans have reason to be concerned about the flood of foreigners in the last decade” which has changed the nation’s demographics to beyond recognition.
However, DPM Tharman warned that Singaporeans should watch their behavior towards foreigners online:
“Most Singaporeans are basically fair-minded, gracious people, but the vitriol towards foreigners in online discussions is quite out of our Singaporean character,” he observed.
DPM Tharman also urged Singaporeans to remain as people who show understanding and empathy towards fellow citizens of all races as well as towards foreigners working here.
“Bad behaviour by a small number of foreigners does not justify spiteful comments about foreigners in general, or all foreigners of a particular race,” he added.