SINGAPORE: Building stronger levels of trust is one of the most important things Singaporeans need to work on, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Saturday (Nov 19). This will involve neighbours, friends and all communities in Singapore, he said.
Mr Teo was speaking to an audience of about 1,200 Singaporeans and new immigrants at the "We Are One" community fiesta in Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency.
The deputy prime minister urged residents to reach out even more to one another and strengthen mutual understanding, so as to overcome any threats to social cohesion. He said what is most important is for the community to get to know each other and build trust in the many days before anything untoward happens.
This will help Singaporeans recover and remain resilient through any situation, Mr Teo said.
"In this time, in our region and around the world, conflicts arising from differences in race and religion are rife. So let us treasure the harmony that we have."
Mr Teo added that the community should get together, work together, understand each other and build trust and confidence in each other. He urged Singaporeans to stand united as one people and work towards a strong and cohesive future.