SINGAPORE: Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday (Sep 1) called for the Government to relook at national policies on race and restore the balance of interests between Singaporeans and foreigners. The four opposition MPs who spoke on the second day of the debate on the President’s Address also touched on reducing the reliance on foreign workers and giving more voice to youths to shape policies. President Halimah Yacob had told Parliament in her speech on Aug 24 that multiracialism in Singapore is still a “work in progress”, with different generations bringing various life experiences and perspectives. The Workers' Party (WP) MP Sylvia Lim said she hopes Singapore would become a “race-blind society” and to achieve that she suggested reviews in three areas: Ethnic classifications and data; elections along ethnic lines; and the Housing and Development Board (HDB) Ethnic Integration Policy. Ms Lim said the Government's CMIO (Chinese, Malay, Indian and Others) model of classifying the population to safeguard minority rights is "problematic", adding that it would be better to talk about "citizenship rights". "There is an opportunity here to come together as Singaporeans and contribute to a national pool, helping the less privileged on a race-blind basis," she said. ELECTIONS ALONG ETHNIC LINES Moving on… Read full this story
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