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Inter-faith collaboration can benefit Singapore

It's critical that the different communities in a society like Singapore build strong bonds across religious lines, said Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information Sim Ann.

SINGAPORE: It's critical that the different communities in a society like Singapore build strong bonds across religious lines, said Minister of State for Education and Communications & Information Sim Ann.

Ms Sim was speaking at the Interfaith Dialogue and Fellowship on Tuesday evening.

The dialogue, organised by the Inter-Religious Organisation, was attended by Singapore's key religious leaders from the 10 faiths.

Ms Sim said a recent international study found that religious hostilities have increased worldwide.

She said Singapore's own history has hardwired the necessity for religious tolerance.

And she commended the part played by the Inter-Religious Organisation since it was formed 65 years ago.

Ms Sim said it has served as a strong platform for religious leaders to affirm their commitment to peace and harmony.

Going forward, Ms Sim said it can also complement a recently launched programme in the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies - called the Studies in Inter-Religious Plural Societies (SRP) Programme.

She said the organisation can involve Singapore's youth in areas of inter-faith collaboration, one that benefits both the community and the nation.

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