29 Jan '11, 9am

MM Lee was describing "worst-case scenario": Dr Yaacob: SINGAPORE: The Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs said...

SINGAPORE: The Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs said Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew was describing a "worst-case scenario" when he recently spoke about the Malay Muslim community. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who was at a cheque presentation ceremony at Yayasan Mendaki, was responding to media queries regarding Mr Lee's comments in his latest book, titled "Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going". Mr Lee had said that multi-racialism in Singapore was "progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came". Dr Yaacob said the rise in religiosity in almost all faith communities has been described as a reaction to modernisation and noted that Mr Lee believed these reactions can be divisive and saw it as his responsibility to warn Singaporeans about the possible risks in society. Dr Yaacob added that Singapore is a secular country that respects and protects the rights of Muslims to practi...

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