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Singapore did well in social integration, says UK minister

There is much Britain and Republic can learn from each other, she says

Published on Apr 25, 2014 8:14 AM
Ms Warsi, who was here on the last leg of a three-nation South-east Asia trip, discussed issues such as freedom of religion and belief during her visit. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Singapore has a great record of integrating its communities and allowing them to co-exist harmoniously, while still retaining their unique religious, ethnic identities, Britain's Minister for Faith and Communities Sayeeda Warsi said.

Britain, too, has a long history of integrating religious communities, "but there are things we can learn from each other", Baroness Warsi told The Straits Times.

She met Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli to find out about "some of the forward planning or table top exercises Singapore does in the event of potential community tensions".

"That is something we can look up and learn from," added Ms Warsi, who is also Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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A phrase I have used on many occasions is 'persecution is bad for business'. Ultimately, that is why we need to make not just the moral case... but also the economic case as to how these issues impact on all people in those countries.

- Britain's Minister for Faith and Communities Sayeeda Warsi