Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed: Multiculturalism: Time to Take Another Look in the Mirror
Former Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) (26 Aug 2015)

About the Speaker

Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed is a former journalist, Senior Minister of State and Member of Parliament, and currently Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Kuwait and the Foreign Minister’s Special Envoy to the Middle East.

A leader of the Malay community who has previously been the President of MUIS and CEO of Mendaki, the former Editor of Berita Harian is a sought-after expert on race relations and multi-culturalism. He has attended and spoken at numerous forums on these matters, including the United Nations-authorised 2001 World Conference Against Racism in South Africa.

Passionate about overseas missions, Mr Zainul has visited Egypt and Saudi Arabia to examine the factors for peace in the Middle East, as well as Islamic revival in those regions; Turkey to study secularism and Islam; Indonesia to study Pancasila and Islam; and Cape Town, South Africa, to learn how the Malay-Muslim community coped with socio-economic change during and after apartheid.

As a politician, he held appointments such as Minister of State and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Mayor for North East District. He was an MP from 1997 to 2011, first for Cheng San GRC (one term) then Aljunied GRC (two terms).

Prior to joining the Government in 1997, he was Editor of The Sunday Times and Associate Editor of The Straits Times. He later became General Manager (International) of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative. He is currently Chairman of SPH UnionWorks; Corporate Adviser to Temasek International; Consultant for The Straits Times Press, and Director for Temasek Cares Foundation.

Married with four children, Mr Zainul, 67, identifies himself as a Muslim who is very keen on inter-civilisational dialogues and is seeking a better understanding of the differences in cultures between the races.



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26 August 2015
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
Venue: The Auditorium
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