06 Nov '11, 9am

Minority cultures, languages keep S'pore special: Tharman

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said minority cultures and languages help to keep Singapore different from other societies. Mr Tharman was speaking at the opening ceremony of a new building for the social and religious group Arya Samaj Singapore & DAV Hindi School on Sunday. The Arya Samaj was officially registered in Singapore in 1927, and there are more than 2,200 students studying Hindi at the DAV Hindi School. Mr Tharman added that he is glad to see the school is working with national schools so that Hindi can be taught in a convenient manner in schools. He said this is an encouraging development that reflects the government's approach in ensuring Singapore remains a diverse but inclusive society. He added that everyone has a responsibility to keep their cultures, languages and religions alive. Mr Tharman said: "It reflects our approach to ensur...

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