Singapore retains Surjit Singh as Sikh rep for minority council

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Singapore | 18 Aug 2017 | Asia Samachar |

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with Surjit (left) and his family after the appointment ceremony in 2015 — PHOTO FROM LEE SHIEN LOONG FACEBOOK

Surjit Singh s/o Wazir Singh, former chairman of Singapore’s Sikh Advisory Board, will serve another three-year term at the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony, effective 15 September 2017.

The council, set up under the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act and whose members are appointed by the Singapore President, will now be chaired by Public Service Commission chairman Eddie Teo.

The council gives its advice to the Minister for Home Affairs on matters affecting the maintenance of religious harmony in Singapore which are referred to it by the Minister or by Parliament, and considers and makes recommendations to the President on restraining orders issued under the Act, according to the statement from the president’s office.

Set up in 1973,t the council also ensures that laws passed in Parliament do not discriminate against any racial or religious community.

Surjit came on board the council in 2015.

The newly appointed members are M Rajaram (past President of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association – Hinduism), Bishop Emeritus Wee Boon Hup (past President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore – Protestant Christianity), Juthika Ramanathan (Chief Executive, Office of the Chief Justice, Supreme Court – lay person member) and Prof Lily Kong (Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University – lay person member).

The others reappointed were Venerable Seck Kwang Phing (President, Singapore Buddhist Federation – Buddhism), Archbishop William Goh (Archbishop of Catholic Church in Singapore – Roman Catholicism), Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram (Mufti of Singapore – Islam) and Associate Prof Lee Cheuk Yin (Academic Adviser to the Taoist Federation and Taoist Mission – Taoism).

 

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