The GRC system keeps political parties multiracial. Keep it, not abolish it.


Briefly speaking, the GRC system does two things:  Ensure minority representation in Parliament;  Ensure political parties are multiracial in composition. Of the two points, the second is lesser known. Most of us understand that the GRC system exists for the purpose of ensuring minority representation in Parliament. But not all agree that the system is […]

Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) is still needed, Pritam says

Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) is still needed, Pritam says

Election after election, in every manifesto since 2006, the Workers’ Party has called for the Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) to be abolished – with immediate effect. Various reasons were put forth including that the EIP hurts the minorities who had to sell their flats at a lower price, a point Mr Pritam Singh reiterated in […]

Full text of Lawrence Wong’s speech on race and racism


Finance Minister Mr Lawrence Wong’s speech on MULTIRACIALISM AND FAULTLINES delivered at the IPS-RSIS Forum on Race and Racism on 25 June 2021. The speech reproduced in full: Excellencies and distinguished guests Ladies and gentlemen I am very happy to join you for this seminar today. Lately, several worrying incidents have given us pause to […]

Majority must take extra step to make minority feel comfortable: Lawrence Wong

Majority must take extra step to make minority feel comfortable: Lawrence Wong

Our multi-racialism is not perfect and we have to keep working at it deliberately to reduce our imperfections, step by step, Finance Minister Mr Lawrence Wong said at the IPS-RSIS Forum on Race and Racism (June 2021). We got to where we are today not through confrontation or compulsion but through mutual understanding and compromise, […]

Man told to marry his own race and not to prey on Chinese girl

Dave Parkash racial tolerance

“I used to believe that Singapore was moving in the right direction on racial tolerance and harmony. Based on recent events, I am not so sure anymore,” said Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam in a Facebook post. Singaporean Dave Parkash had a most unpleasant encounter in which he felt embarrassed, humiliated and hurt. The […]

The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists would have been arrested in Singapore: Shanmugam

Charlie Hebdo cartoons and free speech

The Charlie Hebdo type of cartoons is the result of a hands-off approach by the State, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said. “What has happened in France has restarted the debate on what freedom of expression means, how much you can say, and what is the boundary between free expression and your obligation […]

Can PAP just let success speak for itself?

PAP Government, Singapore Success

No one recognises a hero who prevents something bad from happening, and it didn’t happen.

The government’s success in protecting Singaporeans has, ironically, resulted in a disconnect between government and people.

The government was left to talk about the burden of building a new future in a new normal while the people talked about how to stop the government.

There was no shared burden. What crisis? Life went on pretty much as usual save for the ‘inconvenient’ restrictions.

My National Day as a Singaporean Malay

Singapore Malay National Day

I live in a country where I am dignified as a minority, not persecuted. When millions of Singaporeans come together to sing the National Anthem in my own native language, I could not but feel a sense of pride in me. I have never felt my loyalty being questioned in any way, having been born, […]