Heng Swee Keat reminds Singaporeans of the importance of racial and religious harmony
Posted by temasektimes on July 21, 2012
Referring to recent incidents in which derogatory comments were posted by netizens online, Mr Heng warned that they may result in tension and conflicts if not handled properly, and added that these challenges to social cohesion will not go away anytime soon.
Speaking at the Racial Harmony Day celebrations at Innova Junior College, Mr Heng said building a strong network of trust within Singapore’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society is an important ongoing effort that should not be neglected.
“The racial and religious harmony Singapore enjoys today is not necessarily a natural state. There are instances where communal and religious tensions have led to violence in communities who have lived together. Singapore experienced racial riots on July 21, 1964, and saw how quickly communal tensions could escalate into violence,” he added.
Due to the government’s open-door immigration policies, the number of foreigners in Singapore has increased over the years, changing the country’s demographics to beyond recognition.
A number of foreigners have made insensitive remarks online which threatened racial and religious harmony such as PRC student Wang Peng Fei, but for some strange reasons, they are never arrested by Singapore’s ‘ultra-efficient’ police, let alone charged in court for their offences.