Racial Harmony Day was a time for organizations to renew their commitment to preserving religious harmony in Singapore.
Contributed By Yong Yung Shin
City Harvest Church was among the religious organizations represented at the Racial Harmony Day Gathering at the Yishun Country Club on July 22. Organized under the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore, which currently consists of organizations from 10 different religions, the event was graced by the former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan.
The gathering, held in conjunction with the annual Racial Harmony Day on July 21, saw representatives from various faiths reinforcing their commitment in preserving racial and religious harmony. Besides reciting the National Pledge, they were also presented with plaques as a token of appreciation for their contribution in maintaining religious harmony in the country. Racial Harmony Day is held every year to commemorate the 1964 Race Riots, which took place on July 21, 1964.
Among the objectives of the IRO are to “inculcate the spirit of friendship and cooperation among the leaders and followers of different religions” as well as to “work for the achievement of peace and goodwill among mankind.”