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Sun, Dec 27, 2009
The Straits Times
Don't divide Singaporeans

I REFER to Mr Edmund Lin's letter on Tuesday, 'Tweak P1 balloting rule to differentiate old citizens from new'. Mr Lin seems to have some misunderstandings about the new policy.

The number of ballot votes given is dependent on the nationality of the pupil rather than that of his parent. A Singaporean boy will still serve national service even if his parents are 'strategising expatriates'.

That aside, I fail to see Mr Lin's need to divide Singaporeans into two classes - old and new.

My parents are what he would call non-native Singaporeans. Having concluded 12 years of quality education in public schools, I am waiting to be enlisted for NS and will be serving the same duration as any of my peers. Chances are I will pursue my studies in local universities and contribute to the Singapore economy afterwards.

I don't see what benefits will be brought to the country if I were discriminated against along the way.

A rationale for the greater distinction between PRs and citizens is to encourage more PRs to assert their loyalty to Singapore by taking up citizenship here. By introducing discriminatory measures against newly minted citizens, we are in fact discouraging this process.

According to Article 152 of the Constitution, Malays are deemed 'the indigenous people of Singapore'. With ever greater numbers of newly inducted citizens, we should focus on integration rather than bicker meaninglessly about the nativeness of someone's blood.

Xing Yun

This article was first published in The Straits Times.


'We must nip this attitude in the bud or else we will create a very ugly Singapore and drive good people away.'

MR EUGENE DE ROZARIO: 'I refer to Tuesday's letter, 'Tweak P1 balloting rule to differentiate old citizens from new'. What next? There are new citizens who have put their heart and soul into grassroots activities for years before deciding to become Singaporeans. I am one of them. Please don't marginalise our contributions. We must nip this attitude in the bud or else we will create a very ugly Singapore and drive good people away.'


 
 
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