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Study on Singapore's racial and religious harmony reveals mixed picture

Published on Jul 18, 2013 3:20 PM
 
A landmark study that sought to track Singapore's racial and religious ties has thrown up a mixed picture. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A landmark study that sought to track Singapore's racial and religious ties has thrown up a mixed picture.

Most Singaporean Malay and Indians (nine in 10) did not perceive that as minorities, they were treated worse than other races when using public services such as hospitals.

But the study, conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies and racial harmony advocates OnePeople.Sg, showed that the majority of Singaporeans do not have any close friend of another race. About 45 per cent of respondents had one cross-racial friend.

There is also a perception that minorities have to work harder to get to top positions at work. Some four in 10 said this was so for Malays and Indians.

 
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