“When in Rome, live like the Romans do.”

One of the ‘interesting’ complaints was lodged by a PRC family against their Singaporean Indian neighbors for cooking curry too frequently.

Though the considerate Indian family, who were mindful of their neighbour’s aversion, had already taken to closing their doors and windows whenever they cooked the dish, but this was not enough.

“They said: ‘Can you please do something? Can you don’t cook curry? Can you don’t eat curry?’,” said Madam Marcellina Giam, a Community Mediation Centre mediator. But the Indian family stood firm.

In the end, Mdm Giam got the Indian family to agree to cook curry only when the Chinese family was not home. In return, they wanted their Chinese neighbours to at least give their dish a try.

Such conflicts between native Singaporean Chinese and Indians are almost unheard of in the past as they have been living together for the past hundred years or so and are used to the cuisines of each other.

However to the newcomers from the poorer inland provinces of China, the smell of curry must come as a culture-shock to them.

The number of mainland Chinese living in Singapore has reached almost one million people according to UnionPay, a credit card company.

The media is full of reports of PRC cleaners, hawkers, construction workers, clerks, teachers, masseurs and even prostitutes being given Singapore PR and citizenship by the PAP. One of them, a 28 year old teacher Zhang Yuanyuan obtained her Singapore PR within TWO MONTHS of application.

In an interview with National Geographic magazine in December 2009, PAP supreme Lee Kuan Yew proclaimed that it is a good thing that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants from mainland China as they are ‘harder-driving’ and ‘harder-striving’ than Singaporeans.

With the PRC immigrants flooding into the HDB heartlands and forming ethnic enclaves in certain estates like Kallang and Sengkang, such conflicts with native Singaporeans are likely to rise in the near future.



Basically, in order to solve the dispute, the mediator told the Indian family to not cook curry… 

I think that this is preposterous! If the Chinese PRCs want to come into OUR Singapore, they should be the ones changing to adapt and us Singaporeans shouldn’t be the ones to change our ways. 
As they say, ‘when in Rome, live like the Romans do’. Hence, when in Singapore, live like the Singaporeans do. We shouldn’t be the ones to change to please them PRCs  – the PRCs are the outsiders.  

If this continues, pretty soon, Singapore will morph to become a second China. 

It’s no wonder people think that Singapore is a state in China. 



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