A budget standard for everyone in a diverse society

How elderly participants from different races found common ground on how much to set aside for wedding gifts.

President Halimah Yacob spoke recently about the principles necessary to bring about social cohesion in Singapore's ethnically diverse society.

These are: a space for talking about differences respectfully; having dialogue and interactions; and recognising people's shared needs as a "common good" that promotes solidarity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2019, with the headline 'A budget standard for everyone in a diverse society'. Subscribe