SG CORE 2021
Cohesion & Resilience
LAUNCH OF SG CORE PILOT PROGRAMME
Multi-sector partnership takes a social dimension approach in a new security-related programme
to enhance social cohesion and resilience
Humanity Matters (HM), with the support of Temasek Foundation, launched a new ground-up community initiative – the SG CORE pilot programme, which aims to enhance our Singaporean core – our multicultural spirit and heritage, along with our social and security senses. SG CORE is an interactive programme, which takes a social dimension approach and focuses on elements, including past and prevailing challenges, that affect our national security, social peace, community confidence, cohesion and resilience.
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam, officially launched the SG CORE programme at the MND Auditorium and delivered the keynote address (Keynote Address attached). Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Chairman of Humanity Matters, hosted the event and welcomed the 50 guests and participants. Ambassador Ong was joined by leaders of the programme’s institutional partners – Temasek Foundation and the SGSecure Programme Office. Chairman of the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony, Justice Chao Hick Tin, was in attendance.
This pilot programme comprises a series of 20 runs, and targets participants from the uniformed groups and security-related backgrounds or vocations, including youths (aged 20-35 years), National Servicemen, honorary officers, Volunteer Special Constabulary, and community policing volunteers.
In his welcome note, Ambassador Ong, shared, “Given the recent and increasing incidences and interests, both locally and globally, relating to ethnic and faith discrimination, polarisation, terrorism, radicalism, extremism and exclusivism, it is important that Singaporeans play a proactive and constructive role to counter external menaces and means that threaten our multicultural society. Through the SG CORE, Humanity Matters strives to highlight and reiterate the elements that could boost or jeopardise our worldview, attitude and spirit, as individual human beings and as a nation. The programme comprises three focused areas – the evolution and challenges of our social plurality; shared virtues across the faiths which are useful for a peaceful and purposeful co-existence; and the evolving man-made threats that could trouble, terrify or tear our society, especially with the increasing indulgence with the internet and social media.”
Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation International, said, “Racial and religious harmony is key to economic development and to the enhancing of social resilience in any community. Prior to this pandemic, globalisation and digitalisation have already brought on new challenges in this area. With the pandemic, ongoing vulnerabilities in communities are exacerbated and the emerging challenges have become more difficult to address. Through supporting this programme, Temasek Foundation hopes to provide more opportunities for Singaporeans, especially the younger generation, to have a deeper appreciation of present-day challenges of culture and social cohesion and the need to continually strengthen the multicultural fabric of our nation.”
Upon completing the course, participants are enlisted into the SG CORE Network, where they would have opportunities to serve alongside one another for local community service and regional humanitarian assistance, to enliven and actualise the Singaporean spirit of humanity. Youth participants will sit for a proficiency test and qualify for a special SG CORE proficiency badge.