SINGAPORE - While Singapore celebrates its diversity, it should also strengthen and deepen what its people have in common which make them Singaporean, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Sunday at a citizenship ceremony.
These shared values and ideals include being one united people regardless of race, language or religion, as encapsulated in the national pledge and represented on the national flag, added Mr Teo.
A roving exhibition on 50 years of citizenship titled "We, the Citizens of Singapore" was also launched. It showcases stories of Singaporeans who take action to make Singapore a better home for all.
The exhibition will be held in tandem with GRC-level citizenship ceremonies and its schedule is available on www.citizensofsingapore.sg.
Mr Teo, who is Home Affairs Minister as well as the coordinating minister for national security, was speaking at a Pasir Ris-Punggol citizenship ceremony at Lasalle College of the Arts.
At the ceremony, organised by the People's Association and supported by the National Integration Council, 150 new Singapore citizens who live in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC received their certificates of citizenship from Mr Teo, their MP.
Also present were Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC MPs Penny Low, Janil Puthucheary and Zainal Sapari.