Singapore Soka Association Participates in "From Tolerance to Acceptance" Interfaith Forum
"Tolerance is more than being fair, it is about appreciation, respect and understanding," said Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas from the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore, one of the speakers at an interfaith forum titled "From Tolerance to Acceptance," held on August 30, 2008, at the Tampines West Community Club in Singapore. Other speakers included Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Vice General Director Chan Heng Yuen and Executive Director Laurence Wee of the Presbyterian Community Services, who spoke about their respective religious traditions and views on the spirit of contribution and community service.
The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and organized by the Tampines West Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC), with an aim of furthering understanding and trust among diverse religious traditions in Tampines West.
Some 20 SSA boys and girls members livened the event with an upbeat, contemporary performance.
"I felt a need for my students to be exposed to the forum and share with their classmates what they have learned, as they are currently studying about 'Bonding Singapore' in their social studies class," commented Sharifah M. Aljunied, a humanities teacher from Ngee Ann Secondary School.
[Adapted from an article in the September 24, 2008, Issue 343 of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photo courtesy of Singapore Soka Association]