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Solidarity over River Valley tragedy ‘transcends race and religion’, Latest Singapore News


In the wake of the alleged homicide of a 13-year-old at River Valley High School, a number of spiritual teams have come ahead to wish with the bereaved and for the well-being of the scholars, mentioned Education Minister Chan Chun Sing.

“These heartfelt gestures of solidarity, transcending race and faith, have introduced gentle in our nation’s nighttime.

“They embody the inherent understanding that before all else, we are fellow Singaporeans,” he wrote in a Facebook put up yesterday, which was Racial Harmony Day.


Other politicians, in addition to colleges and neighborhood teams, additionally took to the social media platform for Racial Harmony Day, which is marked yearly on July 21 – a date set by the Ministry of Education since 1998 as a day to remind college students of the 1964 race riots and the significance of racial concord. The riots resulted in 36 deaths and accidents to 556 individuals.

Mr Chan mentioned the multiracial Singaporean identification was not concerning the cultures of minorities being subsumed underneath the tradition of the bulk.

“Neither is it about all of us giving up our own identities,” he mentioned.

“Instead, it is about building a shared and forward-looking identity based on a common set of values, with the foundation steeped in our rich and diverse identities.”

Second Minister for Education Maliki Osman cited a prayer from St Joseph’s Institution principal, Father (Dr) Adrian Danker, for example of colleges and communities standing collectively in solidarity.

“This Racial Harmony Day will probably be a extra muted and sombre affair for our college students and colleges.

“But these gestures of grace and support are testament that we have so much more in common than our differences, and that there are always more things that unite than divide us,” mentioned Dr Maliki.

Minister of State for Education Gan Siow Huang mentioned Racial Harmony Day this 12 months carries added significance, with totally different racial and spiritual teams having come collectively for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic to help others.

Recent incidents of racism have additionally served as reminders, she mentioned, of how Singapore’s multiracial, multicultural social cloth was painstakingly woven over the years by pioneers and seniors.

“(They) had witnessed the destructive nature of racism in the past and decided that racial harmony was the way to go to build a peaceful, happy and prosperous place for the future generations,” mentioned Ms Gan.

Holy Innocents’ Primary School mentioned, consistent with this 12 months’s Racial Harmony Day theme of Common Spaces, Connected Communities, that its actions have been targeted on the roles college students can play in constructing a cohesive Singapore.

Marymount Convent School marked the day with actions emphasising the values of respect and concord.

These experiences – designed by colleges to deepen engagement – matter, mentioned Young Sikh Association president Sarabjeet Singh. “They are significant as part of a lifelong process of understanding others in our community.”

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, writing on Facebook, described Singapore as one of the vital various societies on this planet as we speak, with out lots of the conflicts that others wrestle with.

“This is one thing that’s each treasured and fragile. Bigotry and intolerance can irreparably injury our society if we aren’t cautious.

“Each of us can play our part in being sensitive in our words and deeds,” he mentioned.

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