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  • SJS6638's Avatar
    4,262 posts since Nov '11
    • YOUR VIEW: Remove 'Others' from Singapore IC

      Yahoo! NewsroomYahoo! Newsroom – 4 hours ago
      • Commuters wait to cross a road during the evening rush hour at a bus and train terminal in Singapore February 15, 2013. Singapore wants to raise its population by as much as 30 percent in the next two decades to ensure its economy remains dynamic, according to the government. The growth in the population to between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030 - from 5.3 million now - would involve persuading citizens to have more babies and handing out citizenship to more foreign-born professionals, the government said in a white paper. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: TRANSPORT POLITICS)

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      There are many things about the population debate that trouble me and deserve much deeper consideration as we think about the future we wish to build but one that keeps appearing in the dialogues of my peers that is particularly troubling is that of race. 

      This leads me to think that maybe we need to rewrite our National Pledge to focus on what we really stand for. We can remove the statement “regardless of race, language or religion” for even in its tone of denial, we are defining and subconsciously reinforcing things that divide us. 

      We can also remove the term “democratic” for it is a political term and subject to many interpretations and implementations. Our pledge should be rewritten to read:

       

      "We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people to build a society based onjustice and equality so as to achieve  happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation".

       

      Our island nation was founded by immigrants and although the majority was of Chinese, Malay and Indian descent, there has always been an “Others” category as citizens of many nations came here to forge a new life for themselves and their families. So in fact maybe that classification should also be removed from our identity cards for remember in the larger picture we are all of one race -- the Human Race.

       

      So as we move forward and discuss how many people our small island can support or needs and what quality of life we want, we should focus not on our differences but what unites us and moves us forward from the common desires in our hearts.

       

      Brad Bowyer, 46
      Sales manager

      The writer first came to Singapore in 1985 from the United Kingdom. He became a Permanent Resident in 2001 and a full-fledged Singapore citizen in 2011.

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      Hi, Mr Bowyer 

      Is UK citizenship more inferior than singapore citizenship>?

    • Just wonder why this man become singapore citizen

  • Dalforce 1941's Avatar
    2,186 posts since Dec '11
    • I support removal of "others". 

      It is an insult to peranakans, eurasians, jews, arabs, armenians, sikhs etc to be listed as "others".

  • troublemaker2005's Avatar
    8,443 posts since Dec '05
    • he came to spore in 1985, wonder why take so long then become citizen. maybe he wannted to take things slow before commiting, or othe reason.

       

      that's opkay.

       

      our problems are new citizens that comes here and becum new citizens fast, i wonder if they also willmove fast once they milk dry the privileges they can have here.

  • Lazybumy's Avatar
    328 posts since Jun '08
    • Originally posted by SJS6638:

      Just wonder why this man become singapore citizen


      Oh, no problem as he can regain his UK citizenship quite easier if he is a British Born (But can only do once). In fact most countries allow this. That is how some having SG and other citizenship after 21 (which is not allow but normally they won't get caught). You can see the attached link for more info, if you are British Born and want to go along this line. (Of course, many other countries allow this too, but I dun want to attach ton of link here). http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/givingupcitizenship/howtogiveupnationality/ http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/applying/applicationtypes/resumptionofcitizenship/

    • Originally posted by troublemaker2005:

      he came to spore in 1985, wonder why take so long then become citizen. maybe he wannted to take things slow before commiting, or othe reason.

       

      that's opkay.

       

      our problems are new citizens that comes here and becum new citizens fast, i wonder if they also willmove fast once they milk dry the privileges they can have here.


      Maybe in the past where info flow is not so good, most people dun know that they can regain their original citizenships easier thus they are not willing to give up their original citizenships, but now such knowledge is better know as they know that they can give up their original citizenship and when needed, they can regain it back. (Plus, just something important to Singapore Born Citizens, though SG give citizenship to other easier, however unlike most other countries, once a Singapore Born Citizen give up SG citizenship, it is quite impossible for them to regain which is different to other countries).

  • troublemaker2005's Avatar
    8,443 posts since Dec '05
    • Originally posted by Dalforce 1941:

      I support removal of "others". 

      It is an insult to peranakans, eurasians, jews, arabs, armenians, sikhs etc to be listed as "others".


      probably tosimplify things, nd also to stress that although we have a multi-racial facet, main races are still chinese, malays, indians and caucasions.

       

      caucasions seems to hve a wider coverage on race.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucasian_race

       

      we have to note the entnity group also, and not to confuse them with race.

      Edited by troublemaker2005 20 Feb `13, 7:55PM
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