Tag: Race

Singaporeans triggered by netizen who insists SG “is a Chinese country”

The racial mix in Singapore often sparks curiosity amongst foreigners. Netizen Lonen Bellamy was no different when he asked on a forum if Singapore was a Chinese country. However, what started as an innocent question received many loaded replies, and one extremely flawed one...

Does colour of skin matter?

The National Solidarity Party is calling for the abolishment of the Group Representation Constituency Scheme in favour of the Constituency Reserved for Minority scheme, which it believes will give the minority its continued representation in parliament without undermining democracy. Under the CRM scheme, Singapore reverts...

It’s time Bumiputeras learn something from Lee’s One Singapore

In May this year, the incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has governed Malaysia since 1957, was re-elected for the thirteenth time in a row. The record 85 percent voter turnout gave BN 133 out of 222 parliamentary seats,...

Race and Sports — a better mix?

By Augustine Low Chinese play basketball and table tennis, Malays play football and sepak takraw, and Indians gravitate towards hockey and cricket. Racial dominance and racial imbalance in sports is nothing new. So it was somewhat surprising when Football Association of Singapore President Zainudin Nordin told MediaCorp’s...

Singapore Day in Sydney, attended by DPM Teo, slammed for ban on whites

Singapore Day Sydney 2013
Singapore Day organizers in Sydney were accused of racism after Caucasians were allegedly barred from the event attended by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Saturday. The event held at the Domain adjoining the Royal Botanic Gardens was organized by the Overseas Singaporean Unit...

Some hard truths about race

Racial harmony
Singapore's race relations were put under the microscope in an exhaustive survey recently. The results showed that although Singaporeans are generally open to other races in the public sphere, they are not so in the private sphere. After half a century of enforcing and...

What concerns the Indian community in Singapore

Little India
By Gaurav Sharma The minister for environment and water resources Vivian Balakrishnan and People's Action Party (PAP) MPs Hri Kumar Nair, Vikram Nair and Janil Puthucheary, recently attended a dialogue with about 300 grass-root leaders and residents organised by Narpani Pearavai, or “Good  Activity Council”,...

IPS Study: 2 in 3 Malays and 3 in 5 Indians have faced discrimination at some point while applying for jobs

By Gaurav Sharma While 33% Malays said that they have never faced racial discrimination in Singapore when applying for a job, 19% said they faced it rarely, 28% sometimes, 12% often and 8% said they always faced it. For Indians, these percentages are: 40% never,...

Race relations 1: School for colour-blindness

Glenn Lim
A Singapore race relations survey showed fewer than half the respondents had a close friend from another race. Since children make friends at school, the solution is obvious By Glenn Lim People like comfort zones. That is why they are called comfort zones. So the results...

Race relations 2: Once an ethnic minority…

Tang Li
Life abroad as an outsider can help one understand what ethnic minorities go through By Tang Li I spent a good part of my life as an “ethnic minority.” From the age of 11, all the way to 19, home was a small market town in...