cutiebutie wrote:Ah, so then we have different interpretations of what multi-culturalism is.
But yes, I would say that Singapore is a multi-cultural country.
(Speaking of the HDB housing regulations, you should have a look at Malalysia, who have a certain similar system for housing purchases, but the races do not live together, rather in self-styled ghettos. Not nice.)
It's multi-curtural on the surface only. All policies however are geared to keep the population ethnically at the same percentages. I don't call that multi-curtural. I call that tolerating the minorities only - but we must keep them in their place!
After being in the region for 25 years I am aware of Malaysia and her problems. However, it's not much different here in Singapore. No matter where I live if I live in HDB estates it's like living in an ethnic getto isn't it? when 78.8% of all the residents are of the same ethnic background it means everybody else is an interloper here in their little ghettos. Of course the government feels safer that way. Yes I would agree ghetto is a bit to strong of a term but I am sure, with your more than capable intellect, you know exactly what I'm saying.
This has been discussed here before so I will decline from entering the fray again. But, when you are a 2%'er you tend to see the underbelly of the government's policies here. It's just like years ago when I still lived in the US. As the majority there I never saw some of our policies in the 50's & 60's that way either. When you are the majority you don't feel the effect of discriminatory policies. Instead you "pragmatically" try to justify your reasons for doing so even though it doesn't make it any less "right". Pragmatic - the favourite word of all Singaporeans. It let's them justify any wrong or anti-social act or policy in their eyes. Unfortunately the rest see it for what it is.
To me, whether it works or not is not relevant. Call a rose by any other name but it's still a rose (or thorn).