Singapore has lots of playground and picnic areas for families. In these places you will see various cultures and ethnicities together, though not much of integration. In Malaysia, they go separate ways, liked “apartheid”, probably because of food taboos and to avoid unnecessary conflict. We have as many of these recreation areas as Singapore, but the security and safety factors are of real concern, and maintenance are also lacking. In both countries, I observe more of cultural and racial differences rather than diversity in unity. How do we find common identity then? Sure, each race beats their own drums in a shared performance, but the show is good for tourism. Do we share a common destiny? a common home? or some are just lodgers? citizenship, – hyphenated? The politics are so confusing, and is hard to know the sentiments. There is lack of healthy discourses, even by the academic.


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