International Migrants Day 2017

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

International Migrants Day 2017

On International Migrants Day, let’s remember to treat our migrant workers well and with dignity.

Let’s show our compassion, generosity, and kindness to them.

In doing so, let’s rise up to be a model to the world.

Let’s demonstrate our first world spirit in working with both locals and foreigners to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

The migrant workers in our midst are generally hardworking, law-abiding, and peaceful people.

Like our forefathers, they are in Singapore to make a living and to earn enough money to help feed their families in their home countries.

They helped to build our homes and infrastructure, the benefits of which are being enjoyed by Singaporeans on a daily basis.

They have done and are still doing their parts to contribute to the economy and society.

We should be grateful and thankful to them for their efforts and contributions.

The greatness of our people is a reflection of the way we look after the people who are not from our land.

The concept of locals and foreigners is an artificial and man-made construct.

It has more often than not brought more harm to humanity.

At the end of the day, we are handiworks of our Creator.

We are all part of the human race.

Every human shares a similar structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

The DNA is a molecule that carries genetic instructions to help us survive and function in our environment.

Within our body flows similar blood, air and water.

We also share by and large similar hopes, fears, and aspirations.

Therefore, it makes every sense to accord respect, kindness and compassion to one and all, including our guests from overseas and migrant workers.

As we look after migrant workers, we pay it back to our forefathers who were once migrant workers on our land.

We also fulfill the dreams and hopes that our forefathers had when they struggled to our shores to eke out a living and help transform Singapore into a great nation.

By extending our friendships and assistance to foreign workers, we pay it forward for the sake of our children and children’s children.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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