Grace Fu urges Singaporeans to speak out against ‘anti-foreigner’ views
Posted by temasektimes on September 5, 2012
With social tension between native Singaporeans and foreigners reaching an all-time high, PAP leaders have been calling on Singaporeans to ‘bond’ with the newcomers and to reject ‘xenophobic’ views, the latest coming from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu.
Speaking to queries from the state media, Ms Fu said she highlighted the ‘worrying trend’ of anti-foreigner sentiments, especially in cyberspace.
She claimed that ‘most’ Singaporeans ‘understand the need for immigration and are ‘comfortable’ with diversity, but there is still a ‘small’ group taking a ‘negative’ view and they are dominating public discourse without substantiating her statements.
“The majority of Singaporeans must speak out when they do not agree with such (xenophobic) comments….Treat others like how we would like to be treated. Although we may not agree with the number of foreigners in Singapore, we should still treat another human being like a human being,” she added.
Foreigners now make up 40 percent of Singapore’s population, up from 14 percent in 1990. Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘Singaporeans’, an increasing number are born overseas.