7.7.13

Cook a Pot of Curry - Debating Population issues in SG


Ever since the Singapore government issued a white paper on sustainable population in January 2013, the issue of immigration has been closely debated by anyone and everyone on the red dot. The paper outlined a projection that Singapore would need to support a population of 6.9m people by 2030. Up to 50% of these people would be non-Singaporean. Local reaction to the paper was of bewilderment and many felt that they were fast becoming second class citizens in their own country.

D and I decided to go and learn more about the issue by seeing a play called "Cook a Pot of Curry" by Alfian Sa'at. The play was largely amusing at times and covered many issues such as overcrowding, questions of identity, assimilation and migrant workers. The format of the play was a series of amusing and witty interviews with stakeholders across the breadth of society and representative of the Malay, Indian and Chinese groups that make up Singapore.

You can read a full review of the play here but I would encourage you to go check it out if you are interested in getting a view of how society feels about one of the hottest topics on the national agenda!