Singapore President Announces Special Package for Sikhs


PM Lee Hsien Loong pays tribute to the Sikh community

Mr Lee says the Government has and will continue to support the Sikh community in many ways. For example, Punjabi and four other minority Indian languages are officially recognised as a second language in schools.

By Vimita Mohandas, News 5

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday evening (Nov 28) paid tribute to the Sikh community, which he said has made significant contributions in many fields since the early days.

These include important contributions in academia, business, civil service, judiciary and politics.

Speaking at the Sikh Community Dinner, Mr Lee said the Government has and will continue to support the Sikh community in many ways. For example, Punjabi and four other minority Indian languages are officially recognised as a second language in schools.

The Government also supported the formation of the Singapore Sikh Foundation through the Education Ministry, to facilitate the teaching of Punjabi. It enacted the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board Act to form the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board to look after the community’s needs, and granted the Sikh Welfare Council the Institution of Public Character status to support fund-raising.

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