New assessment tool launched for Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle

The Government has beefed up the way Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) identifies their strengths and spots gaps that have to be plug.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong announced the new appraisal system on Saturday, saying that it will help IRCCs raise the standards.

The improved self-assessment tool, which has been in the works since March this year, will raise the standards of IRCCs by helping them to better encourage and recognise those who have "given their time and energy", said Mr Wong, who was speaking to some 300 participants of the National IRCC Workshop on Saturday.

There are 1,500 members in 87 IRCCs across the island. They were formed in the aftermath of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as response units to any racial or religious conflict at the grassroots level. They do this by leveraging on their close ties with the community and at times being mediators.

At Saturday's workshop, 38 IRCC leaders received a new award in recognition of their dedication. The IRCC Service Awards recognise leaders who have served five years.