31 Mar '12, 11pm

Singaporeans can help offer the world 'uniquely Singapore' values, says Lim Swee Say

Singaporeans can help offer the world 'uniquely Singapore' values, says Lim Swee Say

Mr Lim Swee Say said Singaporeans should not see themselves as just language or cultural interpreters for the Chinese, and rather offer a mindset and values which are 'uniquely Singapore'. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE By Tessa Wong A student on Saturday asked Mr Lim Swee Say what useful role bilingual Singaporeans can play in China in an era when more Westerners are learning Mandarin, and more mainlanders mastering English. Addressing some 1,200 secondary and junior college students at a forum organised by Business China, Mr Lim said Singaporeans should not see themselves as just language or cultural interpreters for the Chinese. Singaporeans should offer a mindset and values which are 'uniquely Singapore', as that is 'our biggest strength'. 'We learn from the best of the West, we learn the best of the East, we put them together (using an) eclectic approach, and adapt it,' sai...

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