Which political party in the South Asian nation of Singapore is the most racist?
The latest issue of the influential left-leaning Asian American think-tank Asia Society includes a list of five “Most Inclusive Parties,” and one of them is the Singaporean Labor Party.
Its inclusion comes in the midst of the country’s ongoing political turmoil, and a surge in xenophobic sentiment.
The Singaporean Communist Party, meanwhile, tops the list of “Most Anti-Chinese” parties, while the New Straits Times, the nation’s largest daily newspaper, has a column in its “Informative” section entitled “The Most Anti-Asian Party.”
In the list, the Communist Party comes in at number five with an anti-Chinese theme, while New Straitzers party is number one on the list for anti-foreigner sentiment.
“Singapore has long been one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse countries in Asia, yet there is a widespread belief that the Chinese are dominating,” the Asia Society report states.
“This is particularly true in the public sphere.
The government has actively worked to suppress dissent and undermine the ability of Chinese people to build up their own communities and communities of their own.””
The Government of Singapore has often been accused of being anti-national,” the report continues.
“In particular, the Singapore government has made numerous anti-Muslim statements.
The current government has attempted to use the issue of Chinese influence to promote a xenophobic view of Singaporeans and Singaporeans abroad.”
The Asian Society also notes that Singaporeans have a “deeply held belief that Singapore is a land of meritocracy and equality,” which has been described as a “cultural phenomenon.”
The party is also cited as “one of the world’s most racist parties” with a history of racial profiling and racial violence.
It was founded in 1964, according to the report, and is led by former Premier and current Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
“The Singaporean government’s anti-immigration stance and xenophobic policies have resulted in a sharp rise in xenophobia in the city-state, a country with a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity,” the study concludes.
“There are strong links between the Singapore political system and xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment, both of which are reflected in the recent surge in anti-Asian sentiment.”