PM Lee Hsien Loong features commentaries
On his Facebook, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted two commentaries in The Straits Times [The 5C Challenges of Cohesion, Five Cs to Manage Integration] on population and integration issues by Professor David Chan, BSI Director and Professor of Psychology at SMU. Prime Minister Lee wrote that (quote):
“Two thoughtful commentaries on population and integration issues by Prof David Chan of SMU in ST. Prof Chan analyses the difficulties in integrating large numbers of foreigners into our society, and what it is that upsets people. He then goes on to propose sensible approaches to managing the problems and getting positive outcomes for Singapore.
Getting our population and integration policies right is crucial to our social cohesion, economic wellbeing and sense of belonging. This is why we are encouraging discussion and dialogue on this difficult problem.
We have to recognise the human and emotional reactions that people understandably feel when they see our society changing. We must also acknowledge our economic and demographic realities – our need for enough workers and more talent, as well as our shortage of babies and aging population. Only then can we anticipate the challenges, and address the problems comprehensively.
Let us work towards a shared understanding of what is at stake, so that we can manage these issues better, and improve our lives in the future.”
Lee Hsien Loong, June 16, 2012.
Last updated on 2 May 2013.