A parent has written in to express his discomfort with the latest pamphlet issued by his child’s pre-school, which included Filipinos as a major racial category in the school’s racial harmony day celebrations.
According to the netizen, he received the note from the school and was shocked to see Filipino being included along with Singapore’s longstanding CMIO (Chinese, Malay, Indian, Others) categories.
The school’s pamphlet stated that it would allow children to wear “Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian, Filipino traditional costumes or any traditional costumes” for the celebration.
The parent wrote: “Since when are Filipinos one of Singapore’s 4 main races? I do not recall Filipino traditional costumes or food being part of Singaporean culture from 1960s to 2010. This is outrageous.”
“Maids and domestic workers are foreign labour, not an official race of Singapore,” He wrote.
Other parents who were asked for their reactions were divided over the issue, with some saying that it is fine for the school to included other nationalities and races apart from the major 4 races in Singapore.