1.1 Exploring Citizenship and Governance (Citizenship shaped by legal…
1.1 Exploring Citizenship and Governance
Citizenship shaped by legal status
How to become a Singapore citizen?
Given to PRs who have lived in Singapore for
a given number of years
at least one parent
to be a Singapore Citizen
One must marry a Singapore Citizen
Why become a Singapore citizen?
Enjoy rights not given to non-Singaporeans
Financial assistance in the form of waiver of $10 a month, free textbooks and uniform is granted for secondary Singaporeans under financial assistance for family gross household income below $2500. This helps needy Singaporeans afford education in Singapore and no Singaporean is excluded from it.
What does a citizen with legal status mean in Singapore?
Citizenship in a Democracy
Laws can only be passed in Singapore after going through debate in Parliament, voting by members of Parliament, the Presidential Council of Minority Rights and the President. This checks and balances ensures that the government runs the country for the best interests of Singaporeans of all ethnic groups.
Rights of citizens
Liberties enjoyed by citizens are
protected by law
Article 16 Rights in Respect of Education states that no citizen will be discriminated on the grounds of religion, race, descent or place of birth when it comes to the administration by a public authority.
Responsibilities of citizens
As a citizen of Singapore, we have the responsibility to
obey the laws of the land
not discriminate against people of different ethnic groups
National service is the responsibility of all male able-bodied citizens and PRs under the Enlistment Act. NS keeps Singapore safe from external threats. The enemy will think twice before attacking Singapore as they know that they will have to take on a strong and well-prepared Singapore military force.
Citizenship shaped by sense of identity
A sense of national identity comes from
a shared belief
that we belong to the same country
Comes about due to
Singing the national anthem and taking the national pledge are examples of common practices carried out in schools. Inculcating loyalty and national pride towards Singapore is one way Singaporeans will see themselves as one people.
Recognition of Singapore as a food haven due to the variety of food creates a bond with fellow Singaporeans and strengthens the sense of identity as Singaporeans.
What are the positive outcomes?
Willingness to care for others
Willingness to improve society
Citizenship shaped by participation in public affairs
that contribute towards the good of the country
In 2004, the government consulted the people on the issue of having a casino as part of an integrated resort. During the feedback sessions, many people voiced their support and concerns about the government's proposal. Through their participation, the government reviewed their decision by introducing the $100 entry levy for all Singaporeans after opening the casino. This deters Singaporeans from patronising the casino and spiralling into debts.
Participation in public affairs will help to bring about
progress and prosperity
, and to build a
so as to advance the well-being of fellow citizens in the country