Singapore's diversity is a strength: Heng Swee Keat

Singapore can share its lessons and experiences with others, even though maintaining harmony in a multiracial, multi-religious society is always a work in progress, said Mr Heng.
Singapore can share its lessons and experiences with others, even though maintaining harmony in a multiracial, multi-religious society is always a work in progress, said Mr Heng.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Singapore's racial and religious diversity can be an advantage and source of strength for the Republic on the world stage at a time when polarisation is on the rise, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.

Every country is different, but Singapore can share its lessons and experiences with others, even though maintaining harmony in a multiracial, multi-religious society is always a work in progress.

Mr Heng was at a dialogue with over 60 South East District residents at the launch of the Faithful Footprints interfaith heritage trail.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore's diversity is a strength: Heng'. Print Edition | Subscribe