01 Dec '11, 9am

[TOC] Perception of a minority in Singapore’s tangled web of race and religion

Bigotry is present in all societies of course – and in Singapore it is officially prohibited, especially on grounds of race and religion. Religion is a particularly sensitive issue in Singapore because 15% of the population is Muslim, nearly all of whom are Malays. Nearly three-quarters of the population is Chinese who are overwhelmingly non-Muslim. The Singapore government is caught in a bit of a bind because it genuinely tries to promote respect and harmony and understanding – this is not just put on, it is a genuine attempt – but it has built a system of Chinese-only schools and engaged in its own stereotyping of Malays and Muslims so that through ignorance and lack of interaction many young people in the Chinese majority actually don’t know any non-Chinese. All their friends are Chinese, their classmates, and then they get taught in school and in the press about how cl...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/12/perceptionminority-sp...

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