Michael Y.P. Ang is a Singaporean freelance journalist. In 1999, he was among the core group of journalists who helped launch Channel NewsAsia, where he covered sports and entertainment events, crime, and the 2001 General Elections. For his commentaries on Singaporean sport, follow his Facebook page Michael Ang Sports. The views expressed are his own.
By Michael Y.P. Ang
In recent years, there have been loud calls to exclude religion from the public sphere in Singapore.
Singapore is widely seen as a secular state because it has no official religion. But there's more to secularism than the absence of a state religion.
Secularism also involves the strict separation of the state from religious institutions and the equal treatment of all citizens under the law, whatever their religion or belief.
Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reinforced the commonly held view of a secular Singapore: "To maintain harmony in Singapore's multiracial and multi-religious society, theRead More »from COMMENT: Singapore a secular state? Think again