All three of the Straits Settlements towns, Penang, Malacca and Singapore were known to be multi-cultural melting pots, home to almost all of the creeds and religions in the world. In each of these, there were streets known as “Streets of Harmony,” where on the very same street were to be found significant places of worship from each of the major religions in the city.
Penang has its Pitt Street, known today as Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Malacca its Temple Street, known today as Jalan Tokong. Both of these were strongly promoted in the cities’ bids for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and today still feature strongly in the city’s marketing material.
In the case of Singapore, there hasn’t been an official labeling of any one street as a “Street of Harmony” as such, but there are at least three that could possibly be in the…
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