Vincent Wijeysingha’s stand is the most balanced
(Posted on Facebook)
Today at 4pm, I will be attending an event at Hong Lim Green arranged by transitioning.org which, as I understand it, aims to register citizens’ concerns about the White Paper on population. The organisers asked me to speak at the event which I agreed to.
It was brought to my attention that the organisers posted an article on their website last night which displays a xenophobic attitude to our guest workers. This is regrettable and I joined several others in speaking to them to register our concern. They have since taken it down and apologised.
As citizens, we must be very clear that xenophobia is not the way to react to population policy. Foreigners are human beings and deserve respect and dignity. They participate in building this nation. May I ask you to please attend the event and to share in the protest against the White Paper but let us continue to extend our friendship to foreigners. At some point in the past, many of our ancestors were foreigners in Singapore too.