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Sikh community added vibrancy and vitality to Singapore's multiracial society

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

The Sikh community in has added great vibrancy and vitality to the fabric of the country's society, a Singaporean has said, lauding the community for contributing to nation-building efforts and distinguishing itself in many different fields from education to law.

Communications and Information S Iswaran, while launching a year-long celebration commemorating the Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak's 550th birth annivesary on Sunday, said the small Sikh community is able to thrive in is a testament to the country's commitment to having an inclusive society.

The Sikh community has added great vibrancy and vitality to the fabric of society, the Indian-origin said.

"The community has left a mark on Singapore, not just in terms of the economic aspects but also in our social development," Iswaran said.

As part of the celebration, the community initiated a Sewa Pledge, aiming to collectively clock 550,000 hours of volunteer service this year as a reverence to the 550 birth year of

The pledge was started in November last year with the intention of rallying the 12,000-strong Sikh community in Singapore to give back to society.

The year-long celebrations will also include a in June to raise awareness about Sikhism, and a harmony walk in August which will include representatives from other faiths, The reported on Monday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:50 IST