Immigration intake calibrated to keep racial balance: Grace Fu

MS GRACE Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, highlighted in her speech in Parliament yesterday that the proportion of Malays in the citizen population has been stable over the years, from 14.9 per cent in 2000 to 15.1 per cent in 2010.

"Malays constitute the second largest ethnic group after the Chinese and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

"It is our policy to maintain the ethnic balance in the citizen population as far as possible," she said.

Ms Fu was responding to Members of Parliament Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap and Intan Azura Mokhtar, who commented on the need to maintain the Malay proportion within ourpopulation.

She said: "We recognise the need to maintain the racial balance in Singapore's population in order to preserve social stability. The pace and profile of our immigration intake have been calibrated to preserve this racial balance."

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