16 May '11, 3am

A Caucasian citizen's advice to PRs: Don't just enjoy benefits. Learn to assimilate and give back to the community.

I REFER to Mr Juniarto Samsudin's letter last Friday ('From feeling of home to unwelcome presence in days'). I too came as an immigrant to Singapore. I have lived here for 26 years and took up citizenship 14 years ago. I agree there was plenty of rhetoric during the political rallies about the immigration policies. I attended both opposition as well as People's Action Party rallies during the run-up to the General Election. At the Workers' Party rally in Hougang on April 28, I was unable to find the friends I was supposed to meet there, so I stood by myself and listened to the speeches. Those around me were friendly, and some were even a bit chatty - asking me if I could understand the Mandarin, Hokkien and Teochew spoken. I said I could tell them apart and catch words and phrases here and there but could not understand much. My Malay was better but still inadequate to com...

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