Is it wrong for a Minister to ask Singaporeans to regard nation above race? Unlike the recent Brexit and US inward looking views, Minister K Shanmugam Sc is not being extreme with his views. If there is no peace, harmony, progress, etc in Singapore, can we enjoy what we are enjoying now?
Singapore’s strength comes from its individual cultures – Chinese, Malay, Indian – and the fact that these are not exclusive, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam said on Monday (Jan 30).
Speaking at an annual Chinese New Year gathering at the new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) at Shenton Way, he emphasized that the Republic’s culture is unique.
“We are not China Chinese, we are not Indian Indians, we are not Malaysian Malays,” he said. “We are Singaporean Chinese, we are Singaporean Indians and we are Singaporean Malays. And that is different from all these countries.”