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'Important to bridge differences' as Singapore turns more diverse, says PM Lee

Published on Sep 5, 2014 9:10 AM
A mother reading And Tango Makes Three, a book NLB had pulled, to her child at a reading event. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Bridging differences between people who may not see eye to eye is important as Singapore becomes more diverse, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

He cautioned against society becoming polarised over new fault lines like differing values, and advocated moderation and restraint.

"We have to set a tone where everybody converges to a middle, and not have politics where I represent this group, you represent that group, and let me get what I can and you will fight for what you can, which I think will be very bad for Singapore," he said last night on a live television forum titled Ask the Prime Minister.

As society becomes more diverse, people are expressing themselves more passionately and assertively, trying to push society the way they prefer, he noted.

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