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Building a National Identity Multi-Racialism Common Practices Bilingualism

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Building a National Identity * Multi-Racialism * Common Practices * Bilingualism Multi-Racialism * policy which promotes equality among the races. * no special rights granted to any particular racial or religious group. Bilingualism * English is used as the language linking the different ethnic groups. * Mother Tongue is used to impart moral values & cultural traditions of each race. Common Practices * singing the National Anthem, taking the pledge & attending flag raising ceremony. * inculcates loyalty & national pride. Impacts Social: Equal opportunities for all, regardless of background. Hence, no one is discriminated against and everyone is seen as a valued member of the society, leading to a sense of national identity and a close bond. Social: Before Singapore got a national identity, it had a racial identity which sparked unhappiness as the majority racial groups had unfair advantages over the minor racial groups. With these policies however, a sense of national identity as Singaporeans is created leading to a harmonious living condition. ...read more.

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Social: Despite the policy of multi-racialism, some people choose to be ignorant and insensitive by passing uncalled for comments despite being aware of the consequences and this affects the country socially, negatively. Safeguarding the Interests of Minority Groups * Minority Representation * Self-help Groups Minority Representation * policy which gives minority groups a say in governance. * the Presidential Council of Minority Rights (PCMR) consists of members from minority racial & religious groups. * the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) ensures that at least one of the candidates in the team contesting in the General Election is from the minority racial communities. Self-help Groups * Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC), Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), Mendaki & the Eurasian Association play a vital role in helping members of their community who are less fortunate to get aid in their studies & training for jobs. * gives moral support to members of their own community. Impacts Social: The PCMR ensures that no racial or religious group is disadvantaged as a result of a law that is passed in Parliament. ...read more.

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Opportunities Offered by Educational Institutions * Open to every Singaporean, regardless of race, language or religion. * Implementation of CCAs helps promote closer bonds. Common Living Space Provided by Public Housing * Limit on the proportion of races in every neighbourhood and block. * Ensures that there is an even distribution of different races in all housing estates. Activities Conducted by Inter-Racial Confidence Circles (IRCCs) & Harmony Circles (HCs) * Help to foster understanding between different ethnic groups through activities such as visits to places of worship. Shared Experience through National Service * In NS, physically fit men from all ethnic groups undergo military training. Impacts Social: Such activities allow better understanding of the cultures & customs of other races, leading to a stronger bond. Impacts Social: Daily interaction strengthens & cultivates friendships & fosters a closer friendship & bond. Impacts Social: Provides opportunities for people from different ethnic groups to interact which leads to a stronger bond. Impacts Social: Differences are appreciated and strong bonds are developed through activities carried out & interaction. Impacts Social: Bonds are strengthened among the men through the training they go undergo together. ...read more.

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