Multi-racialism has shaped many major national policies in Singapore, spanning education,
housing and politics, such as the Housing & Development Board’s ethnic integration policy
which ensures ethnic representation and diversity in Singaporeans’ living environment.
While Singapore is often regarded as a success story for multiculturalism,Mr Hassan feels
that there exists small pockets — for example, the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) programme
in schools and full-day Madrasahs — where young Singaporeans’ exposure toand understanding
of races and religions that are not their own may be limited.
In addition, Singapore’s connectedness and its openness — including to newcomers — means
there are those who may arrive with a different understandingof the country’s cultures and
religions, as well as their own, which adds to the diversity and complexities of
Additionally, terrorism is today’s reality for any country. Facing a persistent terror
threat, one key pillar of defence is a united community, fostered through trust built over
The CSCS platform focuses on commonalities across faiths and cultures, in the hope that any
potential fallout arising from a lack of awareness or misunderstanding will be mitigated.
CSCS, which was first adopted by the South East Community Development Council, has since
been scaled up and implemented across all five districts in Singapore, with support from the
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).