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Updated: 04/18/2014 18:32 | By Channel NewsAsia

Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin

Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin


Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans should make a stand and say 'no' to bigotry, said Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin on Friday, referring to a recent article about Filipinos being targeted online for planning to celebrate their Independence Day in Singapore.

In a Facebook post, Mr Tan described the actions of those who peddle hate as "repulsive" and said such actions do not reflect Singaporeans as a people and nation.

He said that it was encouraging that there were many decent Singaporeans who came out to condemn the actions of those netizens.

"Many of us have celebrated Singapore's National Day in other countries and cannot imagine what it would be like if attacked in this way," Mr Tan said.

Mr Tan added he met the Filipino Ambassador during her farewell call.

He said they talked about the experiences of Filipinos who live and work here.

"Notwithstanding the occasional negative issues, she was thankful for the kindness and hospitality that Singaporeans extended to her compatriots," Mr Tan said.

"Singapore was a safe place because of how Singaporeans treated others."   - CNA/ec

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