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Go beyond Singapore's main races and respect all who live and work here: Heng

Published on Jul 21, 2014 7:34 PM
Mr Heng Swee Keat, (centre) Minister for Education, sitting together with the students in front of him, from the Elias Park Primary school watching the skit by the school on Racial Harmony Day yesterday, July 20, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans have to go beyond understanding the main races here, to respect everyone who lives and work in Singapore, regardless of their race, language, or religion, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Racial Harmony Day yesterday.

Addressing pupils at Elias Park Primary School in Pasir Ris, Mr Heng said Singapore had thrived due to its "openness to international trade flow".

"As Singapore moves towards a more diverse landscape, it is important that we continue to embrace diversity. Let us all do our part to understand other cultures, and going beyond that, let us also be advocates of racial harmony," he added.

He urged pupils to befriend those of other cultures, races and religions, and to encourage their friends to do the same.

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