15 Jul '11, 12am

An unhealthy preoccupation with race

An unhealthy preoccupation with race

Singapore is a multiracial society with a melting pot of cultures. The four main races in Singapore – Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian – work with each other and live amongst each other. As a country we celebrate, amongst others, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas. In such a multicultural environment, one could reasonably expect that our common heritage as Singaporeans trump the racial differences. Sadly, it seems that despite living together side by side for almost 46 years in independent Singapore as fellow countrymen, the issue of race and the politics of skin colour still divide some of us. By and large, Singapore is a society built on meritocracy. Of course, there are elements of inequality which we should continually seek to eradicate but these are subjects of another discussion. As compared to our neighbouring countries, Singapore does not...

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