Archbishop William Goh with religious leaders. File photo

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore is fully supportive of the Maintenance of Religious Harmony (MRHA) (Amendment) Bill. The proposed changes are timely given that the MRHA was enacted in 1990 to provide for the maintenance of religious harmony in Singapore. With the pervasiveness of the Internet and social media, hateful messages that can deepen and fracture religious harmony can spread faster and wider than before. It is therefore important that the MRHA is updated to ensure that we respond in an effective manner to any new threats that can harm religious harmony.

Although Singapore has enjoyed peace and stability over the years, religious harmony is not to be taken for granted. As a multi-religious society, Singapore is vulnerable to malicious foreign actors who may make use of religion to divide society. In particular, foreign actors can exert influence and control on religious organisations through aspects like donations, leadership or strong foreign affiliations.

We are glad that the Government of Singapore has engaged with the various religious organisations including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore and taken on board the views and feedback, to come up with additional measures to ensure that the religious harmony in Singapore continues to be safeguarded.

Issued by: Communications, Archbishop’s Office, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore