11 Sep 2004 Fourth Youth Peace Conference on “The Price of Peace”
On September 11, the third anniversary of the 911 incident, some 800 SSA Youth Division members and friends gathered at the SSA Headquarters for a lecture entitled “The Price of Peace”. They were most fortunate to learn from Mr Han Tan Juan, former executive sub-editor and correspondent of Lianhe Zaobao, a veteran in the local Chinese publication industry, on some of the struggles of pioneers in the early years of Singapore’s history. Mr Foong Hin Cheong, the Director of the National Youth Council, as well as Mr Pung Teck Soon, the Honorary Secretary of Pung Clan Association of Singapore were present at the conference.
Through his light-hearted and humourous presentation, Mr Han brought the youthful audience through an odyssey into Singapore’s past. Tapping into his wealth of firsthand experiences during those years, he narrated five major conflicts that took place in the annals of Singapore’s early years, which were, characterised by conflicts between races, religions, social classes, central government and state government, as well as political fractions.
This is the fourth in a series of annual conferences initiated by the Soka Youth Centre since 2001. It aims to promote learning and dialogue among youth on issues pertaining to peace, culture and education, thus inspiring youth to play an active and contributive role in building peace in society.
(SSA Times issue 198)