MCCY to foster cohesive, united Singapore society

Plans for religious engagements, sports, and arts announced.

09 Mar 2017

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng announced today (9 March) plans to grow a cohesive Singapore society that stands united as one people, regardless of race, language or religion.

Establishing SGSecure Community Network: MCCY will establish a SGSecure Community Network (SGCN) to complement the work of Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs), and to strengthen the Government’s partnership with religious organisations.

SGCN will connect with all religious organisations, including those that are not members of IRCCs, to build mutual understanding and trust.

SGCN will also prepare places of worship to be crisis-ready in the event of a terrorist attack. MCCY will work with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to facilitate briefings on building security and crisis management plans, provide information on SGSecure for dissemination to worshippers, and assist with planning and execution of crisis preparedness exercises.

Deepening Religious Understanding: MCCY will deepen religious understanding through in-depth engagements. This will be done by working with community partners to clarify the practice of religion in a multi-racial, multi-religious society, and address sensitive questions in a mutually respectful setting. MCCY will also work with community partners to produce content that address common, but often unasked, questions on the practices of different faiths.

More ActiveSG Academies: ActiveSG will launch more Academies to provide additional pathways for members to engage in and through sports. The programmes will cater to different competency levels and provide young adults with recreational and competitive opportunities to remain active in sports, even after leaving the school system.

Active Masters Programme for Seniors: To encourage more seniors to be physically active, an Active Masters Programme will be launched to offer modified sports and fitness activities suitable for seniors’ physical conditions.

Expanded Sports-in-Precinct Programme: Under the Sports Facilities Master Plan, MCCY will expand the roll out of the Sports-in-Precinct (SIP) programme to additional precincts. Around 20 SIP projects will be initiated across Singapore by 2020, supported by a budget of $50 million, to ensure a good geographical spread and create more sporting spaces near residents’ homes.

Exposing Students to Arts and Heritage: MCCY will partner the Ministry of Education (MOE) to develop more structured student visits to local arts and heritage institutions. MOE and the National Arts Council (NAC) will pilot museum-based learning as part of the art curriculum.

NAC will also pilot a Performing Arts-based Learning Programme for Lower Secondary students in 2017. Through the programme, students can attend a concert, learn about concert etiquette and develop a greater appreciation of musical concepts in an orchestral setting.

MCCY’s aim is to have students who have gone through Singapore’s public school system to have an appreciation for Singaporean art. Experiential learning in arts and heritage can become common reference points for the young, regardless of their background.