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There were rumours that the Government are resorting to such classification to ensure that the racial mix here remains constant. -ST
Wed, Feb 20, 2013
The Straits Times
Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Zainal Sapari
SINGAPORE – The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has dismissed categorically speculation that new Singapore citizens of Filipino origin are being classified as Malay.
There had been renewed talk among the Malay-Muslim community after the release of the Population White Paper that the Government might be resorting to such classification to ensure that the racial mix here remains constant.
During the recent parliamentary debate on the White Paper, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Zainal Sapari asked about rumours that Filipinos are being categorised as Malays because both groups allegedly share historical roots.
“Is this true? If it is true, this would mean that even though the percentage is maintained, the identity and the meaning of the label ‘Malay’ will change,” he said.
In a letter to The Straits Times Forum page, the ICA said: “This is not true. New Singapore citizens of Filipino origin are not classified as Malays.
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