Tan Chuan-Jin admonishes Singaporeans: Choose how to behave, (okay?)
Posted by temasektimes on August 29, 2012
With public unhappiness rising against the government’s immigration policies, PAP leaders have step forward one after another to condemn what they perceive to be ‘xenophobic’ rants from a ‘minority’ of Singaporeans.
Coming after the heels of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman and Law Minister Shanmugam, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin weighs in on the issue as well.
Speaking at a forum to 200 young Singaporeans on Tuesday night, Mr Tan said the decision is up to Singaporeans to make, not the Government, on the kind of society they want, and the way they behave towards foreigners.
He reminded the audience that they have a choice:
“All of you here have choices to make. Do you want to be consumed by hate, anger, unhappiness? Or do you want to say, let’s do something positive,” he said.
Mr Tan had earlier made the same point on his Facebook page:
“It is about who we want to be. We are a kind, compassionate and generous people. Whatever the circumstance, we have our right as individuals to choose how we speak, how we act. How we live.”
Due to the government’s ultra-liberal immigration policies, foreigners now make up 40 percent of Singapore’s population, changing the small island state’s demographics to beyond recognition.
Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasing number are born overseas. Official statistics conveniently lump citizens and PRs together as ‘residents’ and no figures are available on the percentage of citizens born in Singapore.