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Singapore Minister Calls for Sensitivity to Needs of Minorities

  • Lawrence Wong’s remarks follow a spate of racial incidents
  • Country needs foreign workers in order to stay competitive
Lawrence Wong
Lawrence WongPhotographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

A senior government minister called on Singapore’s majority Chinese community to be sensitive to the needs of the country’s minorities, following a spate of incidents involving racial abuse.

Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said there have been significantly more events involving race and religion this year, most likely due to the stress of the pandemic. In one widely publicized incident in May, a Chinese man allegedly kicked an Indian woman in the chest while uttering racial slurs.