Singapore Muslims & Lowly Educated Marginalised

Would you be willing to sacrifice your religious beliefs for the sake of national integration?

I bet not.

But that’s exactly what Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has asked for of it’s Muslim citizens.

At the launch of his new book, ‘Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew has urged local Muslims to “be less strict on Islamic observances” to aid integration and the city-state’s nation-building process.’

He went on to say the following:

“I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam,”

“I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration — friends, intermarriages and so on…”

“I think the Muslims socially do not cause any trouble, but they are distinct and separate,” Lee added, calling on the community to “be less strict on Islamic observances.”

British Muslims Protest
British Muslims Protest

(He should count himself lucky that he ain’t in Britain but I do hope Muslims overseas will protest on our behalf)

It is distressing to know that a political figure of such stature would make such statements which have the potential to incite religious violence. The irony of his very intention when he spoke of national integration.

Going by the standards of the law, if such a statement was made by a regular individual, that individual would have perhaps been arrested.If no one is above the law, since his statement has stoked a sense of unhappiness with Muslims here, he shouldn’t be let off that easily.

I wonder what’s MUIS stand on this is as well.

Perhaps, cowardice as ever.

If that wasn’t enough, he made discriminatory remarks at individuals who are less paper qualified.

“People get educated, the bright ones rise, they marry equally well-educated spouses. The result is their children are likely to be smarter than the children of those who are gardeners,” he said.

“It’s a fact of life. You get a good mare, you don’t want a dud stallion to breed with your good mare. You get a poor foal.”

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It’s also a fact of life that people get married because of emotional attachment more than just intellectual equality. But for him to say that gardeners aren’t educated is absolutely ridiculous.

Education, if by his words mean being a University graduate, then I feel so sad to have a political figure with such a shallow mindset. A gardener might not be a University graduate but the education that the gardener has differs from the graduate.

The gardener has a specialised set of skills that only he is able to perform and the education he experienced could perhaps be more worthwhile and meaningful than the one that the University graduate had undergone in his/her ‘holistic’ education.

Enough said, this video below will give a better and clearer idea on the education that most of us has undergone and what education should really be.

9 thoughts on “Singapore Muslims & Lowly Educated Marginalised

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  2. I was shocked to read his statements. They were hurtful and also unnecessary. I am a born and bred Singaporean and I have never felt that the Muslim community was separate to us. In fact, as many people have pointed out, many Singaporean Chinese people feel closer to the Singaporean Malays than the new Chinese immigrants that are flooding the nation.

    I am not sure what LKY thinks integration is – does he think that integration means that we have to all become the same? What of the beautiful diversity of cultures, languages and religions that makes Singapore what it is?


    • Hi Kirsten,

      Your support is encouraging to Muslims in Singapore. LKYs remark is far reaching as he mentioned Islam, not people.

      Does he also mean that Muslims the world over should be ‘less strict on Islamic observances’ because it is a hindrance to integration?

      I’ve never faced problems being around friends of other faiths. If anything, I enjoy being around them because I learn more from them. I’ve dated Christians and Catholics and Buddhist and Hindus as well.

      Had Singaporeans known about his idea of integration early on, I don’t think we’d be at this stage today. Having grouses over his idealogies and policies because he wouldn’t have been voted in and we’d still be a part of Malaysia.

      Something that I have absolutely no qualms about because I find it a joy to be around my Malaysian friends who are race blind and religiously sensitive.


  3. is that when muslims remind each other and singaporeans about no compulsion in islam when they convert their girlfriend/boyfriend into islam for marriage.

    what about apostasy law in the islamic world. what do muslims in singapore tell each other and singaporeans?


    • I can’t speak for all Muslims about compelling their non-muslim partners to convert to Islam for marriage but I wouldn’t agree to that either.

      The very basis for an Islamic marriage is the belief in love.

      Love for god and prophet. Should a non-muslim wishes to marry me, I wouldn’t want her to marry me if she only loved me because that would defit the purpose of marriage. She needs to be able to love the religion that I worship in first before me and that is something that I don’t think will work through compulsion. Simply because she’ll need to learn about the religion itself.

      With regards to apostasy.

      I think what’s meant is, don’t make religion look like a game. Take it seriously.

      But I think your reply here has been really helpful to clarify the notion of ‘racial and religious harmony’ because it seems like there’s probably a lot of things that people are uncertain of and if it isn’t clarified, then such understandings will remain as such.


  4. I think he would like Singaporean Muslim not extremist. Look at your post so extremist. No other religion will react in this way.
    Muslim as whole they themselves have to understand that religion believe and Arab politic are not the same. Those Arab use Islam as weapon for them and attack who against them. Muslim is more like Nazi now a day. Do you know what Nazi mean and what they do .. same thing Muslim doing and reacting now a day. This religion is so violence and no peace at all. Muslim betray the country they live in the name of God … don’t understand why? Why must follow Arab wish??


    • How has my post been seen as extremist?

      I don’t think I’ve instigated or championed for any extremist unless you consider the protest in britain as extremist?

      And anyways, what do you consider as extremist?

      For those who claim they are Muslims but react violently, I don’t think they should be considered as Muslims in the first place because Islam is a religion which professes peace and love.


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