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‘Intolerance is a threat’, Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee (Tanjong Pagar GRC) warned in Parliament yesterday.

After what happened with the big hoo-ha of the AWARE saga, the newest threat to Singapore is no longer the economic crisis, but religious and racial bigotry.

While Singapore has done fairly well in maintaining racial harmony for the past 3-4 decades, we must not forget what happened in 1964 when color and differences threatened to tear us apart.

With all the current global problems arising from human errs, why do we still need to deal with sensitive issues like that so close to home?

Homophobia, xenophobia, bigotry… All these ‘problems’ stem from ignorance and intolerance.

Singapore is a small small place, with some others describing us a ‘insignificant’ red dot.

But we are a country full of diversities, with all the different cultures and religions coming together in a melting pot.

If we allow ourselves to fall prey to discrimination and exclusivity, this may as well be Singapore’s downfall.

No matter you are a Malay, Chinese or Indian; atheist or non-atheist; straight or gay, we are just folks trying to lead our own lives.

Some others are out there attempting to impose their self-righteous beliefs on everyone, thinking they will make a difference to the world.

But why fix things when they are not broken?


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