05 Sep '11, 4am

Lee Kuan Yew refutes WikiLeaks claim that he called Islam 'venomous'

Lee Kuan Yew refutes WikiLeaks claim that he called Islam 'venomous'

Mr Lee Kuan Yew said a WikiLeaks cable that claimed he had 'characterised Islam as a 'venomous religion'' during his 2005 meeting with then US Senator Hillary Clinton was 'false'. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW In a press statement released on Monday, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said a WikiLeaks cable that claimed he had 'characterised Islam as a 'venomous religion' during his 2005 meeting with then United States Senator Hillary Clinton was 'false'. In the statement - issued on his behalf by press secretary Yeong Yoon Ying - Mr Lee said: 'I looked up the MFA's (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) filenote of the meeting. Nowhere does it record me describing Islam as 'venomous', nor did I say anything which could have given that impression.'

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