A budget standard for everyone in a diverse society

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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