Probe ripples under surface calm of 'racial harmony'

Issues like Islamophobia in Singapore require us to confront uncomfortable truths about ourselves and have honest dialogues

Racial and religious harmony is an ideal deeply ingrained in our national consciousness. When an issue disrupts our self-image of a socially harmonious society, you can expect Singaporeans to react strongly.

So when a recent survey showed that 15 per cent of Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) find Muslims threatening, it drew an overwhelmingly negative response online.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2019, with the headline 'Probe ripples under surface calm of 'racial harmony''. Print Edition | Subscribe