28 Jan '11, 11pm

Muslim groups irked by MM Lee's remarks

SINGAPORE - Two Muslim organisations here have expressed "deep regret" at some of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's remarks about the community that were published in the new book, Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going. The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and Perdaus - the association of Islamic scholars here - issued media statements to register their disagreement with Mr Lee's views, which they said were neither new nor hard truths. AMP's board of directors feel that the printed comments "have hurt the community and are potentially divisive", while Perdaus says Mr Lee's call for Muslim Singaporeans to be "less strict" in practising Islam "is both unfair and unacceptable". Hard Truths is published by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). SPH says the book's title is a reference to Mr Lee's remark, repeated several times in his interviews with the writers, "that there are h...

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