Embracing Differences

As a multi-cultural society that includes a large migrant population, Singapore in the words of ESM Goh Chok Tong, “strengthening multi-racialism is always work in progress”1 Racial harmony has come a long way in Singapore, but relations between different racial groups have to be handled with great care and sensitivity to avoid tensions and even conflicts. As PM Lee said, “We need to ease the social frictions that arise from being ‘same same but different’”2 Learning to embrace differences is an important process that has to begin at an early age. According to Associate Professor Seetoh Pei Pei of Nanyang Technological University, “Children here can develop racial preferences by the age of three.”3

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