Bridging the Singaporean-foreigner divide
Hostility towards those seen as outsiders inadvertently gets heightened in times of crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception. From competition for jobs to dilution of national identity and social norms, there are ample factors driving an “us vs them” mentality among some Singaporeans. Even as the country seeks to wean off its reliance on imported labour, there is recognition that it cannot survive without foreign talent. So what will it take to bridge the Singaporean-foreigner divide? What can both sides do — to not only co-exist harmoniously — but thrive off each other?
Panelists: Elizabeth Neo (Moderator), Navene Elangovan (TODAY senior journalist), Anthony Garcia (Community Integration Manager, Filipino Association of Singapore), Leong Chan-Hoong (Member of the National Integration Council and Head of Policy Development, Evaluation and Data Analytics at Kantar Public) and Yuvan Mohan (Chairperson, SINDA Youth Club)
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Shock and paw: SPCA uses 'experiential tools' to educate youth, deter rising animal abuse
For the second year running, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has used somewhat unconventional methods to educate young people about respecting animals. During an event on Saturday (May 27) it offered experiential learning elements like shock collars, dog cages, and virtual reality simulations to let participants experience abuse from an animal's perspective. Video: Leonard Leong, Mak Jia Kee/TODAY