20 June 2019
Diversity is a source of strength for societies, and engaging meaningfully amid differences is not easy, but it is necessary, President Halimah Yacob said last night in a speech where she outlined three key ingredients for social harmony.
These are accommodation, dialogue and a shared conception of the common good, which must be nurtured by individuals rather than just governments.
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies executive deputy chairman Ong Keng Yong also spoke at the dinner on the importance of interfaith dialogue in the light of intensifying identity politics and conflicts between communities. This year, mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and churches in Sri Lanka were targeted in major terror attacks.
“We live in a time where conversations surrounding race and religion are often marred by negative emotions such as hatred and fear,” he said.
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Last updated on 20/06/2019