Iswaran suggests ways to boost multiculturalism

Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran speaking at the IPS-OnePople.sg Forum on Ethnic Identity and Culture at The Grassroots' Club, on July 19, 2018.
Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran speaking at the IPS-OnePople.sg Forum on Ethnic Identity and Culture at The Grassroots' Club, on July 19, 2018. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran suggested three ways to strengthen multiculturalism here when he spoke yesterday at a forum on ethnic identity and culture.

First, every individual must transcend his ethnic identity, and develop a deep and genuine interest in Singaporeans of other ethnicities - for example, by taking part in their cultural events, he said.

Second, society must encourage formation of cross-cultural bonds. He cited a OnePeople.sg initiative that takes teachers to places of worship and heritage sites.

Finally, Singapore must signal on the global stage "our resolute commitment to upholding diversity, promoting tolerance and opposing discrimination", he said, citing Singapore's ratification last year of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2018, with the headline 'Iswaran suggests ways to boost multiculturalism'. Print Edition | Subscribe