ThinkingAloud

Hounding immigrants who insult Singapore only generates more toxins

Rather than seize on episodes of tension to hound the immigrant, can we use these as teachable moments to show our Singaporean values of mutual respect and tolerance?

Years ago, I drove to my office for a meeting. It was some time in the mid-afternoon and the usual carpark was full.

After circling the building in a mounting panic as the clock ticked away, I drove to the visitor section and parked my car. The security guard on duty waved me away. "This is for visitors, staff can't park here," she said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 03, 2019, with the headline 'Local-immigrant tensions: S'poreans, we can do better'. Print Edition | Subscribe