Wooing new blood to Singapore's interfaith networks

ESM Goh Chok Tong (third from left) and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong (third from right) with (from left) Mr Muhammad Ismail, Prof Sean Patrick Rozario, Mr V.P. Sreevardhanan and Ms Serene Choo, who are chairmen at various harmony circles. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM
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SINGAPORE - When the idea of having networks on the ground to help build inter-racial and religious ties was first mooted in 2002, Mr Abdullah Shafiie was asked to take charge of it.

It was a challenge, but a meaningful one, said Mr Shafiie, 63. He was then the leader of a Malay youth organisation and also heavily involved in grassroots efforts.

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