Sunday, 16 August 2009

National Day Rally 2009

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong focused on four key issues in his sixth National Day Rally speech this year - the economy, healthcare, social harmony and shaping Singapore together. He spent a significant amount of time (40 min) focusing on social cohesion, particularly racial and religious harmony.
He noted the global trend of rising religiosity and that Singapore has also been carried along by this global tide. He acknowledged that religion was a positive force in societies, but warned against the risks of aggressive proselytisation, intolerance and exclusiveness by any religious group.
He also highlighted four guiding principles
  1. All groups must exercise tolerance and restraint
  2. Religion must stay separate from politics
  3. The government must remain secular
  4. The common space that all Singaporeans share must be maintained
Related articles
Observers say race, religion will continue to shape Singapore's politics (CNA, 20 Aug 09)
Race, religion garner biggest public response on REACH (CNA, 20 Aug 09)
PM's 4 basic rules for religious harmony (PMO, 17 Aug 09)
Social cohesion speech timely as complacency may have set in (CNA, 17 Aug 09)
PM Lee speaks of principles of engagement in religious sphere (CNA, 16 Aug 09)
English text of National Day Rally Speech 2009 in Malay (Today, 16 Aug 09)
National Day Rally 2009 highlights (AsiaOne, 16 Aug 09)
938Live Podcast of National Day Rally Speech and Message 2009

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