|Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, accompanied by his wife Ho Ching, receiving the World Statesman Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation|
The equality enjoyed by Singapore’s races and faiths today was not achieved through policies, edicts or government action alone, but reinforced through the daily lives of Singaporeans and religious leaders, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Sept 23).
This has allowed Singapore, over half a century, to uphold the fundamental principle set out by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew when Singapore separated from Malaysia — that “everybody will have his place: equal; language, culture, religion”, said Mr Lee.
“I hope future generations of Singaporeans will cherish this harmony, realise how precious it is, and strengthen it further. We must never allow religion to be weaponised or used as a front for other conflicts,” said Mr Lee at an annual awards dinner held by the United States-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
Mr Lee received the World Statesman Award. The award is given to leaders who support peace and freedom by promoting tolerance, human dignity and human rights by championing these causes in their homeland and working with other world leaders to build a better future for all, the Foundation said previously.
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