Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim has urged new citizens to uphold the Singaporean values of multiracialism and meritocracy.
Dr Yaacob was speaking at the annual National Citizenship Ceremony at Toa Payoh HDB Hub on Sunday morning, where 133 new citizens received their citizenship certificates.
He said: "Singapore continues to welcome new citizens for the rich diversity and vibrancy that they bring to our nation. And as we cherish this diversity, we must always hold dear the Singaporean values of multiracialism and meritocracy that hold us together."
"We must continue to bond as a community that believes in opportunities for all, regardless of race, language or religion and build a shared future together."
Singapore continues to welcome new citizens for the rich diversity and vibrancy that they bring to our nation. Yaacob Ibrahim
The minister in charge of Muslim Affairs also called on them to play a part in contributing to the nation through active community involvement, such as volunteering at welfare homes or playing a part in outreach programmes.
The new citizens were among 3,000 who affirmed their commitment to Singapore in ceremonies at various constituencies over the weekend.
The Singapore Citizenship Journey was also started in February this year to help new citizens better integrate in society.