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Here’s an interesting read/forum/feedback channel. I don’t really know what it is. But it’s an interesting read. Have your say 🙂
LOL! Pinoys self praising themselves (REACH.gov.sg)
Aside from the locals, who would either be Chinese, Indian, Malay or Eurasian (the latest race to be recognised in Singapore), the island-nation hosts one of the most diverse workforces in Asia. Here, there are Caucasians, who are mostly Australians, British and Americans with the occasional Europeans; other Southeast Asians, like Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese and Thais; peranakans or mixed races from Malacca; East Asians, like mainland Chinese; and South Asians, like Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Mainland Indians.
This multiracial setup poses a lot of contrasts both in working environment and in cultural backgrounds, particularly to the Filipino expatriate who finds himself a first-timer in such a setup. For the most part, a considerable number might feel indifferent or aloof at the beginning, which leads to the occasional misunderstanding. Thankfully, Filipinos are born adaptive to any environment, and soon find themselves able to fully grasp the challenges that such a culturally-diverse workplace can harbour.
There are quite a number of things that we should understand about working in multiracial Singapore:
1. Respect is vital. Because Singapore is foremost multiracial, it is important to respect each other’s customs and practices. This entails many aspects of interaction with locals and fellow foreigners in Singapore, including proper etiquette in public transport and public places; hygiene and grooming; traffic and other prevailing laws on discipline; and appreciation of local traditions, among others. By highlighting the fact that Singapore is multiracial, Filipino expatriates must learn to abide and celebrate the diversity in the most respective manner that we can.
We must understand that although Singapore has a rather “open” policy for foreign workers and talents, it does not deny the fact that there are stringent written and unwritten rules in its society. To merely set aside these rules could be disastrous. Rules like lowering down noise after midnight when holding parties at home or at work, or not consuming food and drinks while riding public transport on the way to and from work are examples of showing respect to both fellow dwellers, workers and expatriates who work in Singapore.