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Foundation of faiths

“The Foundation of Faiths series of the CSCS interfaith dialogue programme seeks to provide the platform for better understanding on common curiosities and misconceptions.  We must constantly remain conscious that we are the most religiously diverse nation in the world.  And Singapore is very small.  When we live, work and play in very limited land size, we need to be mindful on how we navigate through tight spaces.  What we do affect our neighbours and those around us.  How we live our lives and how we lead our congregations or communities, will have impact on our next generations.  Whether they enjoy the benefits or carry the burden depends on how we weave or stitch our social fabric today.  There is no room for extremism or exclusivism.  Every religion propagates the common values of respect, love, compassion and graciousness.  We all need to be assured of our own subscriptions or faiths.  Mixing and mingling closely with our friends or other people of different backgrounds will not compromise our beliefs.  There must be give and take. There must be a common spirit and shared common goal for common goodness.”

Dr Maliki Bin Osman

Mayor for South East District

Senior Minister of State for Defence and

Foreign Affairs

24 July 2019

The Foundation of Faiths programme was conceived as an elementary level of interfaith exchange which focuses on developing foundational understanding of faiths. These dialogues seek to acquaint participants to the basic tenets of different faiths, in a simpler approach.

Foundation of faiths

" As we become increasingly reliant on social media as the main source of information, we are also more vulnerable to inaccurate news or extreme religious beliefs. Even though our social fabric has been fundamentally strong as Singapore is a country built on multi-racial and multi-religious harmony, however this should not be taken for granted. "

Er Dr Lee Bee Wah

Adviser to Nee Soon South GROs

18 January 2019


Foundation of faiths

Enlivening the true spirit of humanity, the CSCS gathering held a one-minute interfaith silent observance, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in heartfelt prayer for the affected families of the Christchurch massacre where children became orphans, wives turned widows, parents losing offspring. 

15 March 2019

Foundation of faiths

" Dialogues can help bridge and keep people connected, and have misconceptions corrected.  Additionally, cooperation and collaborations can help make communities more collective and collected.  We need to focus on the most fundamental of similarities, based on common good morals including respect, graciousness, gratitude and goodwill. "

Dr Maliki Osman

Senior Minister of State,

Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

& Mayor of South East District

1 March 2019


Foundation of faiths

" People have been exposed to inaccurate information, extremist and radical beliefs. Misunderstandings and misconceptions could easily arise, resulting in unintended tensions and disputes. Amidst the presence of external influence, we should work collectively to foster good interfaith relations in Singapore.  "

Dr Teo Ho Pin

Mayor of North West District

18 January 2019