The foundation of Singapore's religious harmony

It takes hard work by many to lay the foundation for religious harmony and continue to maintain it. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about Singapore's experience in this endeavour on Monday at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation Annual Awards Dinner, where he accepted the World Statesman Award from the New York-based interfaith group. Here is the edited excerpt of his speech.

For over half a century, Singapore has worked hard to uphold the principle of equality among our different races and religions.

It was over this fundamental principle that we separated from Malaysia in 1965 to become an independent country. Indeed, on the very day that we became independent, Mr Lee Kuan Yew declared that in Singapore: "Everybody will have his place: equal; language, culture, religion."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2019, with the headline The foundation of Singapore's religious harmony. Subscribe