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Tan Chuan Jin: I embrace and celebrate Singapore’s ‘diversity’

Posted by temasektimes on October 9, 2012

Being Singaporean means being part of ‘diversity’, said Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan Jin.

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.

6 Responses to “Tan Chuan Jin: I embrace and celebrate Singapore’s ‘diversity’”

  1. Lim said

    Our colourful tapestry and diversity includes Chinatown swarming with China chickens, all shops taken over by china food business and old men bursting with viagra making their last stand. Joo Chiat with its colourful Vietnamese culture and foreigners taking over our PMET jobs and scolding us some animal names and being lazy. Of course those enjoying the colorful spectacle join in and condemn us as xenophobic if we do not welcome them with open limbs.

  2. Pink Panty Loong said

    Another lousy attempt at BRAIN-WASHING us again….

  3. Tortoise said

    I am more prepared to embrace and celebrate the diversity of our Parliament when more alternative parties members are voted in 2016!

  4. happy said

    if you moron have tolerated diversity

    we would not have one party domineering over others

    jailed activitist without trial under isa

    bankrupted opposiition politician under they had to exile overseas

    what Amy cheong did is not crime, it is her personal opinion, only difference is that she published it

    i too sometimes hated chinese festivals, with smokes, noises, and I had hoped that those celebrations could be

    dropped, i am a chinese too

    i am no christian too, but some of the festives the chinese hold are not good for our health

    for example the 7th month, smokes fill the air,

    if the wedding was held every week at your void deck , how would you feel when you are just one floor above it

    perhaps wedding and funerals should be banned from void decks, it should be in community centres or funeral homes

    pap and ntuc is just using amy cheong as a convenient scapegoat to distract the unhappiness in the ground of the policy

    of this dictatorial regime

    • compatriot said

      Couldnt agree with you more ‘happy’
      You have put Tan Chuan Jin to shame and in his anatomy and physiology make up to refer him as a moron which precisely his head fits the hat is just a time frame elected parliamentarian who has lost the respect of Singaporeans which he dont deserve at all

  5. P Koh said

    With the changing landscape and the diversity of different races from all parts of the world, the new name for Singapore perhaps should be “CosmoLeepore” as we are really losing our unique identity.

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