Hindus were among the higher educated in Singapore, according to General Household Survey 2015 published by Singapore Department of Statistics in March 2016.
“Proportions of Christians and Hindus were higher among the higher educated than the lower educated residents”, the Survey said. Among university graduates aged 15 and over, eight per cent were Hindus although population of Hindus was just five per cent at 162.5 thousands. Buddhists were the largest population group with 33.2 per cent.
According to this Survey, 47.1 thousand Hindus aged 15 years and over were living in 5-room & executive flats. Tamil is spoken at home by 3.3 per cent residents aged five years and over. Other languages spoken at home included Malayalam, Hindi, Gujarati, Sindhi, etc.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, congratulated the Singapore’s Hindu community for their achievements; which he attributed to continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc.; amidst so many distractions.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, advised Hindus to: focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in your life.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
Wong Wee Kim is Singapore’s Chief Statistician.