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
    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.
  2. Everyone has a role to play
    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.
  3. Integration takes time
    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:
Chairman NIC

Mr Edwin Tong

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

Dr Alexius A Pereira

President, Eurasian Association

Alvin Tan

Mr Alvin Tan

Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry 
Charlotte Thng

Ms Charlotte Thng

Head, Human Resources, Singapore, Australia & ASA Cluster Markets, Standard Chartered Bank 
Gan Siow Huang

Ms Gan Siow Huang

Minister of State, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Manpower
Han Kwee Juan

Mr Han Kwee Juan

Managing Director and Group Head, Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank Ltd 
Han Yong May

Ms Han Yong May

Editor, NewsHub, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings
Min Indranee

Ms Indranee Rajah

Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development
Ivy Lai

Ms Ivy Lai

Chief Executive Officer, Philips Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd
Dr Janil Puthucheary

Dr Janil Puthucheary

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Transport
Ms Jeanne Liew

Ms Jeanne Liew

Principal and CEO, Nanyang Polytechnic

Mrs Josephine Teo

Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs

Mr Lim Hock Yu

Chief Executive Director, People’s Association

Lim Teck Chuan

Mr Lim Teck Chuan

NTUC Central Committee Member & General Secretary, Metal Industries Workers’ Union
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

Mr Masagos Zulkifli

Minister for Social and Family Development and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
Mr Mayank Parekh

Mr Mayank Parekh

CEO, Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP)
MOS Faishal

Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim

Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development
Mr Nazri Hadi Saparin

Mr Nazri Hadi Saparin

Assistant to Editor, Berita Harian
Ng Chee Meng

Mr Ng Chee Meng

Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress 
Mr Phua Kiah Mai

Mr Phua Kiah Mai

Deputy Secretary-General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
Mr Piragasam Munisamy

Mr Piragasam Munisamy

Assistant General Secretary, Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees' Union (SMEEU)

Ms Sabanitha Shanmugasundram

Head, Indian Audience, Mediacorp
Saw Ken Wye

Mr Saw Ken Wye

Chief Executive Officer, CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd
Tan Lek Hwa

Ms Tan Lek Hwa

Chief Editor, English Current Affairs, Mediacorp 
Ms Tracey Ho

Ms Tracey Ho

Director, Atticus Consulting Pte Ltd 
Last updated on 28 December 2020