From left: Residents distributing ketupat and other dishes at a community event in Woodlands, a stall selling self-crafted decorations at the Deepavali Festival Village, and Chinatown during Chinese New Year. Singapore's idea of multiculturalism, say
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Visitors at the Istana grounds in May 2015. Singapore's brand of multiracialism is now in the spotlight with the coming presidential election reserved for Malay candidates, says the writer. He also notes that an Institute of Policy Studies survey last year found that though the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans rated race relations highly, racism and racist attitudes persisted.
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