Home News WP Chief Pritam Singh says he's heartened by young Singaporeans who take...

WP Chief Pritam Singh says he’s heartened by young Singaporeans who take on the subject of race

The Opposition leader wrote that “the recent conversations some of our younger Singaporeans in particular are advancing on race” as they wish to see “a more empathetic and kinder society” has caused him to ponder on these issues

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore—In honour of Racial Harmony day on Tuesday, July 21, Workers’ Party (WP) head Pritam Singh posted a photo from his schoolboy years, along with his childhood friends, of whom he wrote he has known since “primary school from 1983 right up to NUS.”

He gave a special shoutout to his friends Khairul Anwar, Christopher Woo and Jonathan Wan, among others.

The Boy with the Top Knot*————————————- Khairul Anwar**, Christopher Woo, Jonathan Wan and many others. Friends who I…

Posted by Pritam Singh on Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Mr Pritam wrote that “the recent conversations some of our younger Singaporeans in particular are advancing on race” as they wish to see “a more empathetic and kinder society” has caused him to ponder on these issues.

- Advertisement -

He added that “racism does reveal its ugly head every now and then even as it may be more (or less) appropriately cloaked as insensitivity and even privilege,” and that racism can be damaging indeed, “depending how we internalize the experience,” especially for minorities “but not exclusively so.”

Mr Pritam wrote that when younger Singaporeans, among others, begin to tackle issues of race he is “heartened and motivated by their initiative and sense of purpose” as this could only mean the betterment of the country. “For they dream of and are prepared to act for a better, stronger and more united Singapore.”

On his part, he recalled that in their younger years, he and Messrs Anwar, Woo and Wan “became friends effortlessly.”

“They remind me that a conversation on race is for many of us, a glass half-full and not half-empty. We are not having a conversation on race from a position of weakness and to that end, the efforts of many before us – including those in Government – to sustain a multi-racial society, should not be underestimated nor undermined.”

For Mr Pritam, deep conversations start with friendships, and he called for greater empathy and understanding among Singaporeans for those whose experiences are different from their own.

“A better Singapore will require effort, empathy, and understanding from all, and most importantly, a willingness to walk in the shoes of those who are different from us. Onward Singapore.”

At the end of his post the WP head lightheartedly identified himself as the “boy with the topknot, many moons ago. Glasses and all!”

He also addressed one of his friends, Mr Anwar, writing, “Khairul – Please bear with me a little more. I will make time for makan/coffee very soon!”

In the comments, his friend wrote back that he understood Mr Pritam’s current situation. The WP head, after all, just led his party to an unprecedented win of 10 seats in Parliament in the General Election earlier this month, and has been officially recognized as the Leader of the Opposition by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Another old friend teased him about his topknot during his younger days.

Others appreciated what Mr Pritam wrote concerning race issues.

-/TISG

Read also: Pritam Singh responds to Lawrence Wong who said that WP cannot just continue asking the Govt questions

Pritam Singh responds to Lawrence Wong who said that WP cannot just continue asking the Govt questions

 Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Cap of 5 people for social gatherings and household visits; Lawrence Wong warns of possibility of another circuit breaker

Singapore -- Octets out, quintets in. Social gatherings will be limited to five people, no more groups of eight. New restrictions are coming into place from May 8 to May 30 to curb the Covid-19 spike in Singapore. The new restrictions will take...

MOH asks hospitals to delay non-urgent surgeries to conserve resources for Covid patients

Singapore— With Covid-19 cases rising, the Ministry of Health (MOH) asked hospitals on Monday (May 3) to delay non-urgent surgeries and give priority to the treatment of Covid patients. In a statement, MOH said it is "working closely with all public and...

5 KTPH staff disciplined for ‘error’ that led to unnecessary treatment of breast cancer patients 

Singapore—Five staff members of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) have been disciplined for a laboratory incident that led to inaccurate test results and unnecessary treatment for some breast cancer patients. The staff members were disciplined for "not adequately performing their duties and...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent