Lawrence Wong: We must approach public discourse with ‘tolerance’ and ‘sensitivity’
Posted by temasektimes on September 22, 2012
In the past, Singaporeans are expected to offer ‘constructive’ alternatives if they are to ‘engage’ the government and now they have to approach public discourse with ‘tolerance’ and ‘sensitivity’ as the ruling seeks to steer the tone and direction of public discourse again in its favor.
Speaking at a Polytechnic Forum on Friday evening, Senior Minister of State for Education and Information, Communications and the Arts Lawrence Wong said Singaporeans must strive to approach public discourse with tolerance and sensitivity.
As usual, the negative experiences of other countries were used to illustrate his point:
“We’ve seen how other countries have become polarised, with differences escalating into violence and unrest. We must avoid these destructive outcomes; we must never let our differences divide us as a society.”
Mr Wong added that it is ‘unfortunate’ that there have been displays of insensitivity in society from time to time.
However, Mr Wong omitted the fact that the rise in social tension is a direct result of the government’s immigration policies which caused too many foreigners to be accepted into Singapore society within too short a period of time such that there is little time to integrate them completely.