National Integration Council


About NIC

Our forefathers came mainly from the Malay Peninsula, the Indonesian isles, China, the Indian sub-continent and Sri Lanka. Although Singaporeans are of different backgrounds, we are able to build a harmonious society because we value the importance of accepting and understanding one another. This harmony has not come about naturally and everyone in Singapore must recognise their role in actively reaching out to each other to preserve our social cohesion and harmony.

Against this backdrop, the National Integration Council (NIC) was set-up in April 2009 to drive integration efforts in a comprehensive, sustainable and ground-up manner through the partnership of the public, people and private (3P) sectors.  In promoting integration, the NIC seeks to:

  • 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

Singapore’s approach to integration does not demand that new immigrants abandon their own beliefs and culture. Rather, we expect them to share commonalities, values and experiences with fellow Singaporeans so that we can all work together to achieve our aspirations and build the best home for ourselves and our children.

Our Guiding Principles

The NIC engages in strategic partnerships and collaborations with partners from the public, people and private sectors to develop ground-up initiatives and are guided by the following principles when seeking to foster integration: 

  1. Integration is a two way process
  2. Successful integration first requires the building of inter-personal relationships between locals and new immigrants. Both sides therefore have a role to play in reaching out to one another.
  3. Everyone has a role to play
  4. All individuals, across different spheres and levels of society, can help to deepen social integration in Singapore in the course of their daily lives, so that integration can be effective and sustained over the long term. No effort is too small or inadequate.
  5. Integration takes time
  6. Immigrants have spent their formative years in another country and may bring with them their own social habits, languages, beliefs and values. They will thus need time to learn about, and adapt to, our local norms as well as customs. Integration is a continual process that will bear fruit over time, if we show determination, patience and perseverance.

NIC Members

The National Integration Council (NIC) comprises members from the public, people and private sectors. Chaired by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu, the Council meets regularly to deliberate on strategies and programmes to improve integration outcomes.

The Council members are:
Ms Grace Fu

Ms Grace Fu

Chairman, National Integration Council
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
Alexius Pereira

Dr Alexius A Pereira

1st Vice-President, Eurasian Association

Amrin Amin

Mr Amrin Amin

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health
 
Mr Bruce Poh

Mr Bruce Poh

CEO, ITE Education Services Pte Ltd
Executive Deputy Chairman, WorldSkills Singapore Council 
 
Mr Chan Chun Sing

Mr Chan Chun Sing

Minister, Prime Minister’s Office
Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress
Chitra Rajaram

Dr Chitra Rajaram

Head, Community Segment, Mediacorp
Mr Chua Chim Kang

Mr Chua Chim Kang

Editor, Lianhe Wanbao 
Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming

Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming

Chief Executive Director, People’s Association
Han Kwee Juan

Mr Han Kwee Juan

CEO, Citibank Singapore Ltd 
Dr Janil Puthucheary

Dr Janil Puthucheary

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Education
Chairman, OnePeople.sg 
Ms Jeanne Liew

Ms Jeanne Liew

Principal and CEO, Nanyang Polytechnic
Mr Jeff Cheong

Mr Jeff Cheong

President, Tribal DDB Asia
min-josephine-teo

Ms Josephine Teo

Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs
Laurence Chin

Mr Laurence Chin

Council Member, Singapore National Employers Federation
Country Manager, Singapore, United Airlines
Ling San

Prof Ling San

Provost, Nanyang Technological University
Ms Low Khah Gek

Ms Low Khah Gek

Director & Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Technical Education
Ms Low Yen Ling

Ms Low Yen Ling

Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Trade & Industry
Mr Mayank Parekh

Mr Mayank Parekh

CEO, Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)
Mr Nazri Hadi Saparin

Mr Nazri Hadi Saparin

Assistant to Editor, Berita Harian
Mr Ong Ye Kung

Mr Ong Ye Kung

Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), and Second Minister for Defence
Mr Piragasam Munisamy

Mr Piragasam Munisamy

Assistant General Secretary, Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees' Union (SMEEU)
Mr Phua Kiah Mai

Mr Phua Kiah Mai

Deputy Secretary-General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
Ms Quah Ley Hoon

Ms Quah Ley Hoon

Chief Editor, English Current Affairs, Mediacorp
Mr Sam Tan

Mr Sam Tan

Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr Tan Richard

Mr Tan Richard

General Secretary, United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries (UWEEI)

 
Ms Tracey Ho

Ms Tracey Ho

Director, Atticus Consulting Pte Ltd 
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

Assoc Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

Minister for Communications & Information
Minister-in-charge-of Muslim Affairs