04 Jul '12, 5am
Government policies are the root cause, xenophobia is merely the symptom
Government policies are the root cause, xenophobia is merely the symptom July 4, 2012 by admin Filed under: Current Affairs and Politics Written by Ng E-Jay 04 July 2012 At a recent forum on xenophobia attended by Zaqy Mohamad, Member of Parliament (MP) for Choa Chu Kang GRC, panelists expressed concern that Singapore might be turning into a xenophobic society. “To me, I don’t think xenophobia itself is a problem in Singapore; the problem is that we might be heading in that direction,” said one of the panelists, Andrew Loh, editor of publichouse.sg. Another panelist, Ravi Philemon, former editor of The Online Citizen, said: “My fear is that unless we start talking about these issues and unless we have a real dialogue, there’s a real danger that we may go in that direction.” Attempts by the forum to define “xenophobia” included descriptions such as an “irrational dislike” o...