15 Jan '11, 12am

Van with offensive graffiti abandoned at MUIS

SINGAPORE - A "Middle Eastern-looking" man - a description given by the police - drove a van to Braddell Road, parked it outside the Singapore Islamic Hub, home of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), and promptly disappeared. His actions shortly before 5pm on Friday led to a huge police presence at the usually-quiet neighbourhood. And as officers cordoned off the area surrounding the vehicle, they took another step: Covering up parts of the van. The reason: Words had been sprayed on its exterior that could be offensive to the Malay-Muslim community. These included expletives in Malay. MUIS, in a statement to the media, said that the "suspicious" van was found near the entrance to its building at around 5pm. The Government statutory board did not know whose van it was and noticed the spray-painted vulgarities. The police were then alerted. When contacted, a p...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110115-0000229/Va...

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