BOTH local and foreign-born citizens view respect for multiracial and religious practices as the top marker of what makes someone Singaporean.
By Rachel Chang
But another homegrown institution threw up a stark difference between the two groups: national service (NS).
When the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) asked 2,000 citizens - half local-born, half foreign-born - if having a male child who has completed NS is an important characteristic of being 'Singaporean', 69 per cent of locals said yes. Only 43 per cent of foreign-born citizens did so.