I am not against any party advancing sectarian causes. I take issue when these lobbyists push their sectarian agenda and make it a national cause. As if those who have no links to their cause don't exist!
Unique Singapore identity a must: Heng Swee Keat
Note that the "unique culture" Singaporeans must have is.... Chinese Culture. Duh. What about the non-Chinese? They no Sinkieporeans, Mr Minister?
3:25 min - Deputy Secretary General of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations says, "We hope that the teaching of Mandarin will be a priority at all levels, from pre-school to junior college."
Also note the opinion of the Association's President that follows, implying that strong roots with culture will help Singapore have an identity. Yeah, again, linking Chinese roots to Singaporean identity? What's this chauvinistic clannish mindset again?
More reports below.
Clan members hold national conversation session
At the first national conversation session organised by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, many clan representatives expressed hope in passing on their passion for the Chinese language and culture to future generations.
One of the representatives said this could also help to develop a uniquely Singaporean culture. He said in the 1960s, works by many local Chinese writers often exuded a strong Singaporean flavour and this is what they hope can continue in the future.
Wazzat again? Passing on passion for Chinese Language and Culture helps develop a uniquely Singapore culture? Helloooo? You mean non-Chinese cultures don't count? Who are these chauvinists to think that their Chinese Culture is so important to Singapore that their culture dictates the flavour of what a unique Singapore culture would be?
These chauvinists don't care a hoot about the cultures of others. Not all Singaporeans are Chinese to be able to appreciate Chinese culture, such that Chinese Culture is so important it should even be thought as an agent to develop a unique Singapore Culture.
Heck, even many Chinese themselves are not able to feel passion for Chinese Culture to start with, let alone non-Chinese! With such insensitivity displayed by the Chinese "Clanners" , who needs xenophobes to break up the unity and integration of Singaporeans?
As if that is not enough, these clanners once again have to involve the Mother Tongue, hoping to use that subject to advance their sectarian cause. Report below.
SG Conversation: Clans and students share ideas
Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah (far left) watching a presentation by a group of students, who shared hopes for Singapore through imaginary news headlines, at a national conversation for students yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
More Mandarin should be taught as early as pre-school, and there should be more emphasis on Chinese language and culture throughout the education system, clan leaders said yesterday.
They called for more classroom time for the Chinese language, saying it could help Singapore's national development as a whole.
Now why should Mandarin be made the platform in schools to help Singapore's national development? Not everyone speaks Mandarin. Especially the non-Chinese. This sectarian and self-centred suggestion does not bode well one bit for the integration of Singaporeans.
If these sectarian clannish Chinese want to preserve Chinese culture and language, that is fine with me. Start a campaign that does not affect others at a national scale. By tying Chinese culture and language as platform for national identity, as well as introducing such into schools, have not these sectarians ignored the sensitivities of the non-Chinese and non-speaking Chinese citizens? As if non-Chinese cultures don't count!
Here are more links that I have written in the past, showing how insensitive these clannish sectarian Chinese can be:
Heng Swee Keat avoids answering racially sensitive question on SAP
Chinese Chauvinism Rampant at Heart of MT Issue
Chinese Chauvinism at the heart of bilingualism
It really looks like the real stumbling block to integrating Singaporeans aren't foreigners or even xenophobic Singaporeans. It looks like the very influential Chinese Clans who wish to stick to their clannish behaviour and mindset is the main barrier here.
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