DPM Wong Kan Seng made some very pertinent remarks about racial harmony yesterday. While I fully agree with the points he raised, I wished that he would stop making references to race when I think he meant ethnicity. It is unfortunate because racial definitions imply we can differentiate communities based on biology and genetics. This is obviously false, so I must assume this is not what he meant.
So this is my plea to all who read this blog.....please stop referring to race when what you mean is ethnicity. Our references in Singapore to Chinese, Malay, Indians and Others (affectionately known as CMIO) are ethnicity definitions based on self perception, and not racial definitions.
Is this just semantics? I believe not.
5 years ago