Tan Chuan Jin: I embrace and celebrate Singapore’s ‘diversity’
Posted by temasektimes on October 9, 2012
In his latest post on Facebook, Mr Tan wrote he embraces and celebrates Singapore’s diversity.
“As I write this, prayers from Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, our oldest mosque in Singapore, are being broadcast. This is part of our life. It is part of our landscape… together with the burning of offerings, void deck funerals and weddings, increased parking during Friday prayers or Sunday morning worship.”
Mr Tan is commenting on the Amy Cheong fiasco which has gripped the headlines lately. A former director of NTUC, Amy Cheong was sacked yesterday for posting racist remarks on her Facebook.
Mr Tan added that some individuals do write in to complain but stressed that the reactions of some individuals do not reflect the values of the rest.
“But we all give and take. Most live and let live. Many are proud of this colourful tapestry that we have here. This is part of what it means to be Singaporean.”
Singapore used to have four major races since independence, but has since become more ‘diverse’ and ‘colorful’ as a result of the government’s ultra-liberal and pro-foreigner immigration policies which have changed the island state’s demographics to beyond recognition.