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S’pore’s immigrants told to “master English”

Posted on: April 17, 2009


Bernama – Monday, April 13

SINGAPORE, April 13 (Bernama) – Singapore’s former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew told the republic’s new citizens to master English if they want to succeed in the city-state.

“If you want to succeed in Singapore, you need to have a good grasp of English, our common language,” Lee was quoted as saying by the local media today.

“So when you communicate with the world or among races, there is no advantage whether you are Malay, Indian or Chinese. Thus, the competition is very fair,’ Lee said in Mandarin.

The minister mentor was launching a new feature section, ‘Crossroads’, which will report on the immigrants living in Singapore, in the Chinese-language newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao, here yesterday.

The media quoted Lee as saying that Singapore practised meritocracy and those of its citizens who excelled would be rewarded and that ‘connections’ was not a factor in one’s success in the city-state.

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Lee said Singapore treated all its citizens equally, the most important principle of meritocracy.

“There is no difference between races, religions, new or old citizens,” he said, adding that the country needed the best people to grow the economy and succeed in the global competition.

When asked whether the immigrants were using Singapore as a stepping stone to other countries, Lee said the problem was difficult to resolve.

“The grass is greener on the other side. We have no choice, unless we make them sign a contract,” the media quoted Lee as saying.

The minister also urged Singaporeans to reach out to new immigrants and help them integrate into Singapore society.

— BERNAMA

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