MM Lee says Singapore needs to do more to achieve nationhood
By Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia
With the huge influx of immigrants in the recent years, I think harmony has gone down. We’re still sticking to the old labels of Chinese Malay Indian Others. Which is not useful anymore given that greater divides have appeared as where. It is not realistic to expect that new immigrants would neatly fall into one of these categories. It is very naive to think that just because we are of the same biological race, we can be treated as a same cultural race. We need concrete steps — like what was done in the years after the racial riots — to be taken to systematically/consciously integrate new immigrants — beyond the ceremonial pledges-recitations and get-to-know-you parties. History and global events should have already shown us that, left on it’s own, the situation would not gravitate towards harmony but violent conflict.