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Singapore deputy PM warns opposition on exploiting social splits

Heng Swee Keat says country not immune to divisions seen elsewhere

The influx of foreigners into Singapore has been a subject for heated debate at previous elections, with opposition parties playing to concerns that the livelihoods of Singaporeans are at stake   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- With Singapore widely expected to hold a general election this year, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday warned political parties not to use "divisive rhetoric" to gain support.

Heng is tipped to succeed Lee Hsien Loong, the current prime minister and son of modern Singapore's founder, Lee Kuan Yew. Speaking at a political forum, Heng cautioned that the city-state has seen "nativist tendencies," citing conversations around the topic of immigrants.

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