Marking a transformative 70th year was the launch of the ‘We The People of Singapore’. This digital initiative, organised in partnership with Central CDC, aims to amplify IRO’s advocacy for religious harmony to the online space. With the help of Central CDC, IRO will develop digital content that educates people about the ten major religions in Singapore and encourages interfaith friendships.
Mayor of Central Singapore District, Ms Denise Phua said, “Religious harmony is one of the most valuable assets for the people of Singapore. When we attain a better understanding of each other’s faiths and practices, we better appreciate and accept one another. As Singaporeans turn towards social media as main means of communication, it is timely that online platforms are tapped upon to help promote awareness and respect for each other’s faiths and practices. The CDCs are very pleased to partner Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) on the ‘We The People of Singapore – IRO Digital Initiative’. This initiative complements our national SGSecure movement by making useful information on faiths accessible online in an interesting and non-threatening way.”
IRO also paid tribute to Mr S R Nathan, former President of Singapore by presenting the Honorary Posthumous IRO Award during the dinner. Prime Minister Lee presented the award to Mrs S R Nathan recognising late Mr Nathan’s commitment towards the cause of interreligious cohesion and harmony in Singapore.
The event ended with ESM Goh Chok Tong presented tokens of appreciation to IRO’s biggest donors in the past year. This, amongst others, included Far East Organization, Hindu Endowment Board, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, National Council of Churches, Singapore Buddhist Federation, Lee Foundation and members of the Catholic and Jewish Community in Singapore.
“While the rest of the world has been witness to deep-rooted conflicts created in the name of religion, the very survival of IRO, believed to be the oldest inter-faith institution in the world, makes it aspirational. This has been possible only because of the cooperation of our religious leaders and members. IRO is also thankful for the support from our Government and community leaders. As we continue with our efforts to promote interfaith friendships, we need to evolve with the times and become relevant to people,” said IRO President Venerable Seck Kwang Phing.
ABOUT INTER-RELIGIOUS ORGANISATION SINGAPORE
The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was founded in 1949 with the objective to promote inter-religious harmony among the various religious groups in Singapore.
Ten (10) religions are represented in the IRO; Hindu, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Taoist, Jain, Christian, Islam, Sikh and Baha’i. A unique rotating annual presidency among the ten religions ensures that all member religions are given an equal opportunity to lead the IRO’s long-term efforts. For more information visit www.iro.sg