Learning Chinese is mandatory for Singaporean Chinese. For the sake of unity in such a multi-ethnic society, should schoolchildren not be encouraged to learn another’s mother tongue as their second or third language? Photo: Shutterstock
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In ancient China, an emperor enforced the Chinese language to strengthen his state, what is Singapore’s reasoning?

In Singapore, Chinese Singaporean schoolchildren must learn Mandarin as a second language. As people of Chinese ancestry, do they have a moral obligation to speak the language?

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Learning Chinese is mandatory for Singaporean Chinese. For the sake of unity in such a multi-ethnic society, should schoolchildren not be encouraged to learn another’s mother tongue as their second or third language? Photo: Shutterstock
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