12 Jul 2012, 4.38PM
Singapore has to adapt to a changed world and grow at a pace that Singaporeans can accept, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the recent FutureChina Global Forum.
Addressing a question on the social impact of the newly-rich from China on Singapore, PM Lee said that while Singapore wants to continue to reap the benefits of the inflow of mainland Chinese, it will also manage the numbers and the social impact.
He said that it was "completely understandable" that Singaporeans may feel uncomfortable with the recent influx of mainland Chinese immigrants, who may look the same as Singaporean Chinese, but sound and behave differently.
In this regard, he urged newcomers to play their part in adapting to life in a multi-racial and religious society with different societal values and cultural norms. Chinese immigrants have to make those adaptations which the Singaporean Chinese have adapted and learnt over several generations.
"Of course, we also have to manage the numbers and the flow and make sure we're not overwhelmed. We have to make sure there is effort on both sides to make this a working, adapted and well-adjusted relationship," he added.
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