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Tharman: Best way to integrate 'is to take a real interest in others'

DPM Tharman addresses Sinda event for business leaders who are Indian expats and new citizens

Published on Mar 23, 2014 7:27 AM
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam (right) receiving a cheque from Mr Girija Pande, head of Sinda's Indian Business Leaders' Roundtable. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Integrating into society involves many dimensions, and the most meaningful way is to take a genuine interest in another person's life, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said last night at a fund-raising event for business leaders who are Indian expatriates and new citizens.

This is because doing so helps to enrich each other's lives and creates a better society.

Mr Tharman said: "It is good for those who are well-off to contribute back some. It's even better when you take an interest in individuals in the society you are in and understand that society as well as possible.

"And we do it because we create a better society. But we also do it because we find that it is so much more enriching for ourselves as citizens, as members of that society, because at the end of the day, we are what we are because of what we are together."

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