30 Jan '11, 1am

Yaacob Ibrahim disagreed with MM Lee's views on Muslims, and says they can be both religious & patriotic

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs said on Saturday that Singapore Muslims can be both patriotic and religious. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE THE Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs yesterday said Singapore Muslims can be both religious and patriotic at the same time, and indeed have been working with their fellow Singaporeans to integrate and help in the nation-building process. Making his first public remarks on views expressed by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew about Muslims and their integration in Singapore society, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said: 'Muslims and non-Muslims alike know that identity is not a zero-sum game. We can be both religious and patriotic at the same time.' Saying that he disagreed with MM Lee's views, he noted that the reality in Singapore consists of Muslims and non-Muslims 'working together side by side, in the unions, in schools, in political leadership, in...

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