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Singaporeans should take an active role in discouraging racism online: Iswaran

Published on Aug 17, 2014 12:20 AM

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans have to guard the country from prejudice, and that means taking an active role in discouraging hate speech or insensitive racial comments online. It may be as straightforward as speaking up against such insensitive acts and comments, or not liking such a post.

This was the call from Mr S Iswaran, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, on Saturday at the Orange Ribbon Run and Walk.

In his speech, he reminded how Singapore "had its fair share of racial turmoil and conflict in our early days of independence".

"We overcame it, through strong leadership, good policies, and, most importantly, the indomitable spirit of Singaporeans, like you and me, who chose to reject prejudice and embrace our religious and cultural diversity".

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