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Foreigners: Treat them as 'you want to be treated'

Family ties, S'pore's defence among issues minister discusses at forum

Published on Jan 18, 2014 9:12 AM

Singaporeans should treat foreigners the same way that they want to be treated when travelling overseas, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen last night.

He was speaking to a 300-strong crowd of students, staff and alumni at the National University of Singapore's monthly U@live forum, which features prominent members of the university community.

Singaporeans are "extremely generous" in their daily interactions with foreigners, said Dr Ng, who drew his observations from his work as a Member of Parliament of Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

But at the national level, there tends to be "some noise" against the presence of foreign workers here, he added.

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Background story


Family must be the first line of defence, not the state.

- Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, on the importance of family ties