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The CMIO classification affirms multiracialism and matters more for minorities

In a significantly Chinese-majority Singapore, the CMIO classification matters more for the minority. The model affirms multiracialism as the foundation of our identity and ensures official recognition of each community..

Removing it could lead to the potential erasure of the distinctive identities of each community, the end point of which is 'assimilation into the majority community', Assoc Prof Eugene Tan said. It would also cast doubt on Article 152 of the Constitution on the special position of the Malays and the interests of minority.



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

The majority must take extra step to make minorities feel comfortable because it is harder to be a minority in a multiracial society.

At the same time, it must be understood that the Chinese community is not monolithic. There exists a whole generation of Chinese who consider themselves disadvantaged in a English-speaking world, who would object to being characterised as 'Chinese privilege' because they have given up so much to sustain a multi-racial society: Chinese-language schools, Nanyang University, dialects and so on.

We must continue with our approach of mutual accommodation, trust and compromise, Mr Wong emphasised.



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Singapore's multiracialism preserves, protects and celebrates our diversity

Some have criticised policies saying they make us more race conscious. SAP schools have often been cited in this regard. But we also have Madrasahs, and a huge variety of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultural organisations. "Should all this be done away with on the grounds they are not inclusive of other races, other languages, other cultures, other traditions? Obviously not, for that is not what our commitment to 'one people, regardless of race, language or religion' entails," Mr Wong said.

Our multiracialism preserves, protects and celebrates our diversity. Being Singaporean is a matter of addition, not becoming less.



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