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National Integration Council

Did you know? Our forefathers came mainly from the Malay Peninsula, the Indonesian Islands, China, the Indian sub-continent and Sri Lanka. Despite our different backgrounds, Singaporeans were able to build a harmonious society because we recognise and value the importance of accepting and understanding one another.

We need to continue to build bridges and trust among our different community groups, so as to strengthen our social harmony. Thus, the National Integration Council (NIC) was set up in April 2009, to promote public, people and private (3P) sector partnerships for integration, and build a shared future together.

Here are the NIC's goals:

  • Increase awareness of the importance of integration for our continued success as a society and nation
  • Help newcomers adapt to the Singaporean way of life, including helping them better understand local cultures and social norms
  • Grow common spaces and provide platforms for Singaporeans and new immigrants to interact
  • Facilitate the formation of friendships and shared experiences among Singaporeans and non-locals, so as to foster mutual understanding and acceptance through their interactions
  • Foster and deepen emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to Singapore among new immigrants

Our guiding principles

When seeking to foster integration, we are guided by these principles.

  1. Integration is a two-way process. Even as new immigrants make effort to learn about and adapt to local values and norms, locals can help new immigrants adapt by reaching out and helping newcomers understand our local culture and way of life.
  2. This means that everyone has a role to play! Whether in our neighbourhood, at school, the workplace or other social spheres, we can make a difference by reaching out, establishing a connection and building mutual understanding. No effort is too small.
  3. Integration is a continual process. Newcomers may have spent their formative years in another country, and will need time to learn about and adapt to our local norms and way of life. Sustained engagement and support are therefore important.

NIC members

The NIC team is made up of members from the public, people and private sectors sectors who meet regularly to brainstorm on strategies and programmes to improve integration.

Meet the Council Members:

  1. Mr Edwin Tong
    Chairman, National Integration Council
    Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
  2. Dr Alexius A Pereira
    President, Eurasian Association
  3. Mr Alvin Tan
    Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
  4. Ms Charlotte Thng
    Head, Human Resources, Singapore, Australia & ASA Cluster Markets, Standard Chartered Bank
  5. Ms Gan Siow Huang
    Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower
  6. Mr Han Kwee Juan
    Managing Director and Group Head, Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank Ltd
  7. Ms Han Yong May
    Editor, NewsHub, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings
  8. Ms Indranee Rajah
    Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and National Development
  9. Ms Ivy Lai
    Chief Executive Officer, Philips Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd
  10. Dr Janil Puthucheary
    Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Transport
    Chairman, OnePeople.sg
  11. Ms Jeanne Liew
    Principal and CEO, Nanyang Polytechnic
  12. Mr Lim Hock Yu
    Chief Executive Director, People’s Association
  13. Mr Lim Teck Chuan
    NTUC Central Committee Member & General Secretary, Metal Industries Workers’ Union
  14. Prof Ling San
    Provost, Nanyang Technological University
  15. Ms Low Khah Gek
    Director & Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Technical Education
  16. Mr Masagos Zulkifli
    Minister for Social and Family Development and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
  17. Mr Mayank Parekh
    CEO, Institute for Human Resource Professionals
  18. A/P Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
    Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development
  19. Mr Nazri Hadi Saparin
    Assistant to Editor, Berita Harian
  20. Mr Ng Chee Meng
    Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress
  21. Mr Phua Kiah Mai
    Deputy Secretary-General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
  22. Mr Piragasam Munisamy
    Assistant General Secretary, Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees' Union
  23. Ms Sabanitha Shanmugasundram
    Head, Indian Audience, Mediacorp
  24. Mr Saw Ken Wye
    Chief Executive Officer, CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd
  25. Ms Tan Lek Hwa
    Chief Editor, English Current Affairs, Mediacorp
  26. Ms Tracey Ho
    Director, Atticus Consulting Pte Ltd

National Integration Working Groups

The NIC provides strategic direction to programmes led by four National Integration Working Groups (NIWGs) set up according to key touch-points:

  1. Community
  2. Schools
  3. Workplace
  4. Media

Each NIWG is supported by secretariats from the respective Ministries and chaired by the Permanent Secretaries of those Ministries.

Community Integration Fund

The Community Integration Fund (CIF) was launched by the NIC in September 2009 to support organisations in organising ground-up integration initiatives. Find more information about CIF.

The CIF Workplace Integration Resource (WIRe) is an initiative in support of OneWorkplace.sg to encourage companies to initiate workplace integration efforts. Find out more about CIF WIRe.

Singapore Citizenship Journey

Did you know? New naturalised citizens who have been granted in-principle approval for Singapore citizenship have to undergo a mandatory programme. It consists of both online elements as well as experiential learning programmes, and culminates in a citizenship ceremony to officially welcome naturalised citizens as full-fledged members of the Singaporean family.

Find out more about the Singapore Citizenship Journey.

Resources

Visit the Integration Resources page for more information.
Last updated on 14 June 2021