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Our forefathers came mainly from the Malay Peninsula, the Indonesian isles, China, the Indian sub-continent and Sri Lanka. Although Singaporeans are of different backgrounds, we are able to build a harmonious society because we value the importance of accepting and understanding one another. This harmony has not come about naturally and everyone in Singapore, including non-citizens, must recognise their role in actively reaching out to each other to preserve our social cohesion and harmony.
Against this backdrop, the National Integration Council (NIC) was set up in April 2009 to promote and foster social integration among Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners. It comprises leaders from the Government, community and the private sector. The NIC encourages and facilitates collaborative social integration efforts among the public, people and private (3P) sectors.
Singapore’s approach to integration does not demand that new immigrants abandon their own beliefs and culture. Rather, we expect them to share commonalities, values and experiences with fellow Singaporeans so that we can all work together to achieve our aspirations and build the best home for ourselves and our children.