| Singapore | 9 June 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Gurmit Singh from Singapore’s Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) was one of the members of the various faiths that came together for a recent break fast, or berbuka puasa as they say it in Malay, organised by the Muslim Kidney Action Association (MKAC).
Some 50 interfaith members converged at the 10th Annual Inter-Faith Iftar with Murali Pillai, Member of Parliament for Bukit Batok, as the guest of honour.
Gurmit, who is a vice president at IRO, also spoke at the event on 8 June. Other speakers included Chief Rabbi of the Singapore Jewish Welfare Board Rabbi Mordechai Abergel and Association of Muslim Lawyers President Noor Mohammed Marican, according to a media report.
“Listened carefully to speeches made by IRO members who pointed out the similarities between fasting carried out under Islam and fasting in their respective faiths. Focussing on the commonalities in our religious practices and beliefs helps to strengthen our bonds across faiths. This is our Singapore trump card!,” said Murali in a posting on his Facebook page.
The event aims to promote fellowship and goodwill, as well as respect for others’ religions.
“We in Singapore want to be the showcase where people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds can mix together and be happy and harmonious,” MKAC President Ameerali Abdeali was quoted in a report in the Straits Times. “All we need to do is build friendship.”
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