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.”
(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.