National Integration Working Groups


The National Integration Council (NIC) provides strategic direction to programmes devised by four National Integration Working Groups (NIWGs) set up according to key touch-points – Community, Schools, Workplace, Media – in fostering social integration among Singaporeans, immigrants and foreigners. Each NIWG is supported by secretariats from the respective Ministries and chaired by the Permanent Secretaries of those Ministries.

Chairman
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)

 

Secretariat
National Integration Council Secretariat (NICS)

 

NIWG-Community

The wider community in which Singaporeans, immigrants and foreigners live offers numerous interaction opportunities. As greater interaction promotes mutual understanding and the formation of friendships, we encourage all newcomers to actively participate in the community to widen their local social networks.

The National Integration Working Group for Community (NIWG-Community), supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) seeks to bring together Singaporeans, immigrants as well as foreigners in the community, through different platforms and shared interests such as sports, arts and volunteerism.

NIWG-Community works closely with key community stakeholders such as grassroots organisations, clans and associations, voluntary welfare organisations, as well as self-help groups to develop innovative and sustainable ground-up integration initiatives. It also provides both networking and resource support to stakeholders.

Members of the work group are:

Name Designation 
Ms Yeoh Chee Yan Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Chairman, National Integration Working Group for Community
Mr Desmond Tan Chief Executive Director, People's Association
Ms Karen Chong Snr Director (Housing), Ministry of National Development
Hj Abdul Razak bin Hassan Maricar Chief Executive, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Mr Raja Segar Chief Executive Officer, Hindu Endowments Board
Dr William Wan General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement
Ms Rosa Daniel Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council (NAC)
Ms Chang Hwee Nee Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Board (NHB)
Mr Lim Teck Yin Chief Executive Officer, Sport Singapore 
Ms Melissa Kwee Chief Executive Officer, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
Dr Leong Chan Hoong Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies
Ms Garima Lalwani President, Indian Women's Association
Mr Phua Kiah Mai Deputy Secretary General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
Mr David Chua CEO, National Youth Council (NYC)
Ms Shahrany Hassan Founder & Director, Legal Matters
Mr Reynaldo Solano Oritz Pastor, Victory Family Centre

NIWG-Schools

Schools and educational institutions are natural platforms for integration as they provide opportunities for our children to study and play together regardless of their nationalities. These opportunities exist both in and out of the classroom, ranging from group work to various co-curricular activities.

The National Integration Working Group for Schools (NIWG-Schools), supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), partners schools and educational institutions to promote the interaction and integration of students, regardless of their nationalities. In addition to promoting opportunities for friendships between local and international students, the NIWG-Schools also nurtures a culture of mutual respect and understanding among the students. A diverse and well-integrated student body enriches our students’ schooling experience, and enables them to develop their cross-cultural skills which will be essential for them to thrive in a diverse workforce and community.

NIWG-Schools’ publication, “Integration in Singapore Schools: A Best Practices Package” (PDF, 3.94 MB), which introduces some of the key integration initiatives in our schools and educational institutions, serves as a guide for others in implementing their own integration programmes.

Members of the work group are:

Name Designation
Ms Chan Lai Fung Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Chairperson, National Integration Working Group for Schools
Mr Lim Boon Wee Deputy Secretary (Services), Ministry of Education
Ms Lim Huay Chih Divisional Director, Student Placement and Services Division, Ministry of Education
Dr Benjamin Koh  Coordinating Divisional Director, Higher Education Group, Ministry of Education
Mr Kenneth Lee Director, Humanities. Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education
Mr Puvan Ariaratnam 
Director, Character and Citizenship Education, Student Development Curriculum Division, Ministry of Education
Prof Ling San Vice President and Provost, Nanyang Technological University
Mr Hee Joh Liang  Deputy Principal (Academic), Singapore Polytechnic
Mr Brandon Lee Director-General, Private Education SkillsFuture Singapore, Committee for Private Education

NIWG-Workplaces

Singapore’s workforce is inherently diverse. Employees from different nationalities and cultures often work together in the same organisation, and carry with them unique strengths, capabilities and knowledge. Organisations can harness the strengths of such a diverse workforce by putting in place diversity management policies and practices which can encourage workplace integration. Specifically, employers should provide employees of different backgrounds with opportunities to interact in and outside of workplace, and help non-locals understand Singapore’s work culture and social norms. This improved employee engagement can help foster a more harmonious and productive workforce and positively contribute to business performance.

The National Integration Working Group for Workplaces (NIWG-Workplaces) engages partners in various industries to foster inclusive and harmonious workplaces.  This involves raising awareness of the importance and benefits of being culturally sensitive, identifying workplace initiatives that support diversity management practices, and enhancing employers’ capabilities to effectively manage their diverse workforce.

To help organisations do this, a Workplace Diversity Management toolkit was developed. The kit includes a self-assessment tool to evaluate companies’ state of diversity management and contains examples of initiatives that they could introduce to foster workplace harmony. The toolkit also contains a guide for managers to be more effective in understanding and managing diverse teams.

Members of the work group are:

Name Designation
Mr Aubeck Kam Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Manpower and Chairman, National Integration Working Group for Workplaces
Mr Jerry Seah Director, Centre for Effective Workplaces, Singapore National Employer’s Federation
Mr Mohamed Yusoff bin Adenan Member, Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union
Ms Tan Lee Lee Senior Director of People Development, The American Club
Ms Jocelyn Chan HR Director, Dairy Farm Singapore
Ms Marilyn Chew Assistant Executive Secretary, National Transport Workers' Union 
Ms Tracey Ho Principal Consultant, Atticus Consulting 
Mr Tan Kwang Cheak Deputy Chief Executive Officer, AIC             
Mr Johan van Vuuren Director, Asia Pacific People & Culture, Dimension Data Asia
Ms Polly Herbert Director, Employee Relations, Barclays
Mr Mayank Parekh Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Human Resource Professionals

NIWG-Media

The media plays an important role in fostering greater mutual understanding and respect between the increasingly diverse communities in Singapore.  It is also a platform to raise awareness of the importance of integration and ground up efforts in this area.

The National Integration Working Group for Media (NIWG-Media), supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), works closely with various partners to leverage various media platforms such as news publications, television/radio talk-shows, and social media to maximise outreach and highlight the importance of mutual understanding, co-operation and community spirit. It also helps to promote learning and appreciation of other races as well as nationalities.

Some of NIWG-Media’s initiatives include Project Lapis Sagu, Singapore’s first crowdsourced short film anthology on social integration; Steady Lah!, a reality TV series that poses challenges to foreigners on well they have adapted to Singaporean way of life; and Make It Better, an online influencer-led campaign that promotes positive attitudes towards diversity. .