New museum to be set up in Singapore to encourage religious harmony

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 66th anniversary dinner of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO). A new museum will be set up here to encourage religious tolerance and harmony, Mr Lee said on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 66th anniversary dinner of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO). A new museum will be set up here to encourage religious tolerance and harmony, Mr Lee said on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - A new museum will be set up here to encourage religious tolerance and harmony, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday.

The Harmony in Diversity Museum, to be established by younger leaders of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), will display artefacts that focus on the commonalities across religions.

The IRO leaders will also work with schools to incorporate the museum as part of learning journeys for students, Mr Lee said in announcing this project at the IRO's 66th anniversary dinner, held at the Istana on Tuesday night.

He added that the IRO leaders are also planning to join forces with scholars - including from the Inter-Religious Relations In Plural Societies (SRP) programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies - to build up a database of information about the different religions in Singapore.

This "knowledge repository" will be a focal point for the country's younger generation to learn about religious harmony and imbue in them the spirit of give-and-take, Mr Lee added.