I have some concerns that I hope you can address.
I am unsure about this event. As much as I feel the frustration of the issues at hand, some of my friends, foreigners who have been contributing to Singapore for a long time both personally and economically, have been viciously targeted as a result of this “no to 6.9 million” idea.
I understand completely that this is not an event against foreigners but against the ideas presented in the white paper, but how can we all ensure that this will not lead to more xenophobia?
I would like to attend but based on what I’ve seen online, I am concerned about what may happen at the event – not from the organisers, but from the people behind very hateful and hurtful words that have been thrown at me (as a Singaporean who stands up for foreign friends) and my friends who are foreigners/PRs.
I look forward to your reply.
Thanks for your mail and its a valid concern.
I will take extra effort to ask the speakers not to stir up xenophobic sentiments especially when some foreigners are attending the event.
We will also announce via the MC on that day that foreigners are welcome to the event.
However, its particularly hard not to feel some resentment against foreigners working here when you are jobless or worse have been replaced by a FT.
Its natural but still one can control the emotional displeasure.
Let me post up these reminders along the way till the event day itself.
It will be a historic moment and don’t miss out if possible.
We are expecting a good crowd size of around 2000 people attending.
See you on that day!
We are here for you.