22 Jul 2016 Singapore Soka Association—Promoting Harmonious Coexistence in the Lion City
religious faith and customs intermingle,
for this truly is a crossroads of
East and West—
A microcosm of the world.
A land made mighty with cultural diversity.
—SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
Singapore is a young nation with a population of just over five million. In 2015, it celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence. With a demographic that largely comprises Malays—the indigenous peoples—and the descendants of immigrants from other parts of the Malay Peninsula, China and the Indian subcontinent, the people of Singapore speak multiple languages and dialects and are incredibly diverse in their cultures, practices and beliefs.
It is not uncommon to find a mosque located right beside a Buddhist or Hindu temple in Singapore. The Soka Peace Centre, one of the main Singapore Soka Association (SSA) centers, is located on a street that is also home to three other religious organizations. Since its early days of nation-building, Singapore has stressed the importance of tolerance and harmonious coexistence among its populace. Indeed, its success as a fairly young nation-state can be attributed to the promotion and preservation of a unique multiracial, multireligious and multicultural social climate.
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