More mutual understanding is needed for the peaceful execution of different religious practices – that was the consensus during an interreligious dialogue yesterday in Wisma Geylang Serai.
Singaporeans should embrace diversity, said Shaoist Mission (Singapore) Youth Wing Head Shiu Lixin, one of the three speakers in the dialogue, who is part of a series, Common Senses for Common Spaces, tries to identify and agree on similarities between religious beliefs. emphasize.
Mr. Shiu said: "We must recognize that although we are different because of our beliefs and background, we live in a common space."
Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs for Defense and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman, who dialogue moderated, added: "I think it is very important to inform our young people about the nature of our society, (that is) multi-religious and very diverse."
Dr. Maliki quoted the example of the Racial Harmony Youth Ambassador program, which organizes camps for students to learn more about other fait and religious harmony. They take that knowledge back to school and initiate projects to share what they have learned with their classmates.
Shiu said that devotees must simultaneously carry out religious obligations.
He said: "We do our part by educating our devotees to burn sacrifices in the right place, to burn them in the right way and to take account of others in our community." For example, when paper notes are burnt, they need to be folded a little so that the paper can easily burn and produce less smoke.
David Waong, a Taoist believer, told The Sunday Times: "I think it's very important to have insight into different religions – it's just like people who smoke – you also have to be tolerant of them." Mr Wong, who lives in Bukit Batok, said that a few years ago he had made a suggestion to his residents' committee to place the incense burner boxes between blocks instead of directly for units, which improved conditions considerably.
two speakers were Mr. Ramesh Subbaraman, who spoke about matters related to the Hindu faith, and Ustaz Fathurrahman Dawud, who spoke about the Islamic faith.
Common senses for common spaces is initiated by the Southeast Community Development Council