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Interview with Mr Michael Nonis, resident of Braddell Heights Zone B RC
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Inter-racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC)

Overview
The Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles - better known as IRCCs - are local-level inter-faith platforms in every constituency, formed to promote racial and religious harmony. The work of the IRCCs is instrumental in strengthening our social cohesion and supports the Community Engagement Programme (CEP).

The IRCCs serve as important bridges between religious, ethnic and community groups at the local level. Leaders from these groups come together to join the IRCC networks to build friendship and trust.

The IRCCs also aim to deepen people's understanding of the various faiths, beliefs and practices through inter-faith and inter-ethnic themed activities such as heritage trails, inter-faith talks and various ethnic and religious celebrations.

In addition, the IRCCs are trained to respond quickly to racial and religious tensions by remaining calm and resilient on the ground during crises. The IRCCs will also assist in the recovery process, to help their communities and the nation return to normalcy.

Roles
IRCC was formed in 2002, against the backdrop of the 11 September attacks of the twin towers in USA. Braddell Heights' Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) is part of a network of the 84 IRCCs in Singapore, that aims to promote inter-racial and inter-religious harmony.

The Community Engagement Programme (CEP) launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Feb 2006.highlighted the role of the IRCCs as distinct local-level, inter-faith platforms to help our multi-racial and multi-religious society to stay strong and united during and after a crisis, especially one with racial and religious dimensions.

Under this initiative, the IRCC will actively engage representatives of religious groups and ethnic-based organizations located within Braddell Heights to come together, to know one another, develop understanding, strengthen bonds and build networks of trust through the organisation and participation of IRCC's activities and programmes.

Activities & Programmes

  1. Promote inter-faith dialogues and visits inter-faith organizations.
  2. Engage Inter-Religious Leaders in blessing the opening of major events.
  3. Collaborate with ethnic-based organizations and GROs to reach out to other races and promote better understanding of each other's cultures, customs and practices.
  4. Organise talks on Religious extremism and terrorists' exploitation.
  5. Develop networks of trust and promote better understanding of all the ethnic festivals.
  6. Organise activities to strengthen the bond among the leaders of religious organisations, ethnic-based organizations, schools and Civic organizations.
Our Core Values

Cooperation
We will work with each other to serve the larger community. In doing so, we will strengthen trust and friendships amongst ourselves and our communities through more interactions and shared experiences.

Harmony
We are amicable and comfortable in each other's company and will work towards enlarging our common space.

Respect
We are considerate and sensitive towards each other, and respect each other's religion, culture and practices. We will also strive to inculcate this value in our respective communities.

Trust
We value our friendship and will stand by each other in times of need. We place confidence in each other to act responsibly in the best interests of the larger community, regardless of race or religion.

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