Spreading Peace to the Region

February 21, 2007

Author: Nazry Bahrawi

Source: Today Online


SINGAPORE could soon become an interfaith hub for the promotion of peace in the region.

A New York-based international coalition of religious organisations is keen to set up an interim office here in the next two to three months, with a possible view to turning it into a permanent Asian secretariat.

Reverend Kyoichi Sugino, assistant secretary-general of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), took the decision following a visit to the Republic last month, when the Buddhist leader met with various ministry officials and religious leaders here.

The WCRP's special representative, Mr Lawrence Chong, 29, in an exclusive interview with Today, said a non-profit organisation has already offered the WCRP free space to house its interim office.

Singapore's vision of becoming an interfaith hub was first mooted by Foreign Minister George Yeo early last year. Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong, who met the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, last November, had endorsed it.