Stand united against radicalism and Islamophobia: PM Lee
PUBLISHED ON 21 Jun 2017
With the recent arrests of two self-radicalised Singaporeans under the Internal Security Act, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, urged the Malay Muslim community to stand together with the Government to combat the influence of radicalism and extremism.

MHA had earlier announced on the same day that an auxiliary police officer (APO), deployed to Woodlands Checkpoint has been detained for planning to travel to Syria to take part in armed violence, while his colleague has been put under a restriction order for supporting him. In another incident last week, an infant care assistant was detained under the ISA for planning to be part of the violence in Syria.

PM Lee pointed out that these arrests will cause some anxiety, “both among the Muslim community, because they will worry that they are coming under the spotlight, and also among the non-Muslim community.”

“It’s not just the Malay-Muslim community, but also how the other communities react to this, and respond to Muslims in Singapore,” he added.

Separately, Minister of Home Affairs and Law Mr Shanmugam said although the arrest of the APO is serious, it was an isolated case. He added that public confidence in the police is high, with 90 per cent of Singaporeans having high levels of confidence in the police.

Mr Shanmugam also stressed that everyone has a part to play to ensure that Singaporeans can continue to enjoy and benefit from a strong multi-racial society.  He added that both the Muslim and non-Muslim community should reach out to each other and be part of activities that will strengthen community bonds. He said, “That can only happen if you take part in community activities, come together, sit together, eat together, play together and work together.”

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Minister of Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim also added that the cases of self-radicalisation were a grim reminder for the Muslim community that the young need urgent help and assistance.

“The new cases underscore once again, the important role of parents, religious teachers, and the community at large to look out for each other, and to immediately refer any signs of radicalisation to Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) or the police… This is the best and only way to help a loved one before it is too late,” he said.

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