Approach integration with the same spirit as racial harmony: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore will be able to integrate new immigrants in the coming years, if it approaches integration with the same spirit it has approached racial harmony.
Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing said he is confident of this, but stressed that everyone needs to play a part:
"That will require two hands to clap, it will require fellow Singaporeans to remain open to people from different backgrounds. Yet at the same time, it will require new immigrants, our new friends, to come on board and play a part in our society, to reach out, to understand our social norms and to reach out to fellow Singaporeans. Only so, will we be able to build an inclusive society for everyone."
Mr Chan was speaking at a street parade in Punggol North to celebrate racial and religious harmony.
More than 10,000 residents took part in the event.
Mr Chan said Singapore still celebrates Racial Harmony Day, because it is easy to forget Singapore's more difficult early years during times of peace and harmony like now.
He also said Singapore should not take this peace and prosperity for granted.
At the event, some 530 residents also muscled their way into the Singapore book of records, for having the most number of people taking part in a tug of war.
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