Transcript of speech delivered by SM Teo Chee Hean, in Mandarin, at the Tzu Chi 53rd Anniversary, Buddha Day cum Mother's Day Celebration on 12 May 2019. An English translation of his speech is appended below.
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SPEECH BY SENIOR MINISTER AND COORDINATING MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY TEO CHEE HEAN AT THE Tzu Chi 53RD Anniversary, buddha day CUM MOTHERS’ DAY celebration ON 12 MAY 2019 AT 6.30PM AT BUKIT GOMBAK STADIUM
My Parliamentary colleagues Ms Low Yen Ling and Dr Teo Ho Pin,
The 10 Religious Representative from IRO,
Mr Low Swee Seh, CEO of Tzu Chi Foundation Singapore,
Ladies and gentlemen，
Good evening everyone. Thank you for inviting me to join you tonight at Tzu Chi 53rd Anniversary, Buddha Day cum Mother’s Day Celebration.
Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-religious society. Since our independence, our Government and different communities have worked hard to build a secure, united and harmonious nation. Regardless of race, language or religion, all Singaporeans live, grow and learn in the same communities, HDB flats and schools.
However, with the rapid pace of technological change and the growth of the internet, our society has also increasingly come under different influences. The rapid spread of fake news online has become a serious problem for many countries. Fake news can damage the trust between different racial and religious communities, and citizens’ trust in Government. This is why the Government has recently introduced the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, so that we can tackle the problem of fake news more effectively and better protect our unity and social cohesion.
Over the years, Tzu Chi has played an important role in Singapore by promoting mutual understanding and respect among different communities, and strengthened our multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious identity. Tzu Chi is a member of the Pasir Ris West Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle. Through your various programmes in charity, medicine, education, humanitarian work and environmental protection, Tzu Chi has also provided assistance to many Singaporeans in need and strengthened the bonds of our society.
I hope that Tzu Chi will keep up the work in promoting the Buddhist values of kindness, compassion and tolerance, and work with us to build a more harmonious and better future for Singapore.
I would also like to wish all our mothers a Happy Mothers’ Day! Thank you.
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