30 November 2018
ESM Goh Chok Tong becomes Honourable Patron of IRO
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong today formally accepted an invitation to be the Honourable Patron of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO), the Republic’s most established multi-faith organisation dedicated to promoting religious harmony.
At a reception held at the Harmony Diversity Gallery in the MND Building this afternoon, Ben J Benjamin, President of the IRO, thanked Mr Goh for agreeing to be its Honourable Patron, succeeding His Excellency President SR Nathan who served in the same position from 2012 to 2016.
Mr Benjamin said: “The IRO is deeply honoured to have ESM Goh as our Patron. ESM Goh’s outstanding reputation as a respected and loved leader is a tremendous asset to our organisation and will boost our efforts to build trust and friendships across different religions in Singapore.”
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong with IRO leaders during the tour of Harmony Diversity Gallery during the welcoming of ESM has IRO’s PatronESM Goh said “Religious harmony is a key pillar of Singapore’s peace and prosperity. I am pleased to accept the invitation to be the Patron of the Inter-Religious Organisation, which plays an important role in promoting and maintaining religious harmony in Singapore. I look forward to working with the IRO and its member faiths to further this cause.”