Shanmugam attacks minority of ‘xenophobic’ Singaporeans for spewing vitriol online
Posted by temasektimes on August 29, 2012
Social tension between native Singaporeans and foreigners has risen over the years with too many foreigners being admitted into Singapore within too short a period of time, making it almost impossible to integrate them.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has implored Singaporeans to recognize the contributions of foreigners and embrace them with an open heart in his National Day Rally speech, a point which was driven across again by Mr Shanmugam.
In a Facebook posting yesterday, Mr Shanmugam wrote:
“….the need for us to recognise that some things being said, against foreigners, online, anonymously, are repulsive and xenophobic ,and does not really represent the best spirit of Spore.”
He added that the small minority should not be allowed to set the ‘tone’ for debate:
“The majority of Sporeans are tolerant, decent and open hearted. The small minority ,which is highly negative, and hiding behind anonymity, and spewing vitriol, should not be allowed to set the tone for the debate.”
With the chorus of public disapproval against the government’s immigration policies rising, the state media has been labeling and smearing its critics as ‘xenophobic’ in a desperate attempt to snuff out the dissenting voices before they gain momentum.