23 Dec '11, 9pm

The issue of racial harmony is not just a distraction and should always come first, says a reader

I commend Madam Halimah Yacob for censuring fellow Member of Parliament Seng Han Thong's remarks on the English language proficiency of SMRT Corporation's ethnic minority staff. Although she was "disturbed" by his comments, she graciously urged Singaporeans to "stay cool" and focus on the "big issue" of resolving the Mass Rapid Transit defects. However, I feel that this is not just a distraction. Social relations are more complicated and sensitive than technical train problems, and we need to address any undercurrents in Singapore. Mr Seng, the deputy chair of the Government Parliamentary Committee (Transport), is not the first politician to have made such remarks. Ex-MP Choo Wee Khiang was also rebuked for his insensitive remarks about Little India. Three Internet users, including a former Young People's Action Party member, are being investigated for their offensive post...

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