Important to protect socio-cultural fabric

I thank Dr Gervis Chua for highlighting the role played by Jamiyah Singapore and Singapore Indian Association in facilitating the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Singapore Kindness Movement's Dr William Wan ("Religious harmony in action"; Monday).

Founded in 1923, the Singapore Indian Association (IA) welcomes members from all races, and aims to foster community integration. Like Jamiyah, IA advances cooperation through socio-cultural activities.

IA also runs a welfare assistance programme called Falling Through the Cracks, which seeks to provide immediate relief to people who find themselves suddenly afflicted.

At a time when religious extremism threatens to destabilise the socio-cultural fabric that Singapore has assiduously built up over the past 50 years, it is important that all Singaporeans stand up and assert in one voice that, as citizens of Singapore, they will remain as one, regardless of race, language or religion.

K. Kesavapany
Singapore Indian Association

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2016, with the headline 'Important to protect socio-cultural fabric'. Print Edition | Subscribe