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3 May 2009

Singapore PM highlights three divides in tackling economic crisis

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday that the country need to address three potential divides when tackling the current economic crisis.

According to state broadcaster Channel News Asia, Lee said the three concerns needed to be addressed are potential divides between Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans, between the more successful and the less successful, between races and religions.

Speaking to some 1,500 union leaders, workers and employers at the May Day rally, Lee urged some Singaporeans to remove the perception that foreigners are taking away scarce job opportunities. He also called on a fair sharing of the burden and a belt tightening by the more successful citizens.

Lee stressed that the government is concerned that Malay and Indian workers would be more affected because larger proportions of them have lower skills. He said that there is a need to make a special effort to get them trained and ready for the jobs available.











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