Race is not biological, but a social construct.
This after they said he must be able to qualify for the 2017 presidential election in Singapore reserved for Malays once he changes his race.
One Singaporean, Tng Lang, said: “Race is a fluid concept and not rooted in biology. There is no gene or cluster of genes common to black, white, brown or yellow people. A person considered black in one country or brown in another, might just be beige.”
“How one perceives one’s race can shift with time and location.”
“It can be prescribed, but there is no basis for it to be deterministic.”
Other locals said for society to determine the race of an individual or group of people so that they can be pigeonholed into a given role, is for that society to be stuck in stasis, which goes against the tenets of development.
Another local, Hua Ren, said: “How can society insist on the rigidity of race?”
“This is an outdated, deterministic view of how society operates.”
At press time, Singaporeans can be whatever they want to be unless specifically told not to.