The Straits Times
Published on Aug 09, 2012

Are you S'porean enough? Here's a quick checklist...


AS WE celebrate our nation's 47th birthday, it should be fairly easy to describe the Singaporean identity, but is it really?

If behaviour is a reflection of our inner selves, I suggest a few traits of the true Singaporean.

Singlish contains words from at least two or three languages and dialects, and is not merely the ubiquitous suffix "lah".

This "multilinguistic" ability reflects Singapore's multiracial harmony; an ability to adapt and be understood.

Let us celebrate our nation's birthday, and be proud to be Singaporeans.

Edwin Sam