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Singapore: Team of MPs to promote Chinese language, culture [Straits Times]


What a name – Bicultural Taskforce for the promotion of Chinese language and culture. Pertinent question – Why does ethnically Chinese-majority Singapore, the only place outside of China and Taiwan to feature a Chinese-majority in the world require more cultural Chinese-ness? What is this in response to? Further – Coverage from Channel News Asia – Bicultural Taskforce formed (July 4, 2011)

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Team of MPs to promote Chinese language, culture
By Cai Haoxiang
Source – Straits Times, published July 5, 2011

A team of eight effectively bilingual first-term MPs will spearhead the Government’s drive to connect better with the Chinese community and promote Chinese language and culture. The group is led by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Sim Ann. — ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

A TEAM of eight effectively bilingual first-term MPs will spearhead the Government’s drive to connect better with the Chinese community and promote Chinese language and culture.

Called the Bicultural Taskforce, the group is led by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Sim Ann.

Other than Ms Sim, an MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, the others are: Ms Low Yen Ling (Chua Chu Kang GRC), Mr Gan Thiam Poh (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC), Mr Ang Wei Neng (Jurong GRC), Ms Tin Pei Ling (Marine Parade GRC), Mr Alex Yam (Chua Chu Kang GRC), Mr Sitoh Yih Pin (Potong Pasir) and Dr Chia Shi-Lu (Tanjong Pagar GRC).

Said Ms Sim: ‘There are many groups and committees in the Chinese community doing very good work. The challenge is how to further coordinate our existing efforts, how do we evolve programmes in a timely manner to keep up with changing trends in the community.’

These trends include those of children coming from increasingly English-speaking homes, and people realising the usefulness of Mandarin in their work.

‘Families are interested in creating a more conducive home environment for their children to learn Mandarin,’ she said.

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