About 100 leaders from more than 50 religious groups in Singapore gathered yesterday (29 Nov) to condemn acts of terror and violence, in the wake of the Paris attacks.
The leaders signed a declaration condemning acts of terror, and said silent prayers for terror attack victims and their loved ones. The gathering was organised by Muslim leaders in Singapore.
"I've been extremely touched by the gathering that's been organised,” said France’s ambassador to Singapore Benjamin Dubertret. “I think it's both very comforting to see this gesture of peace and solidarity. It's also meaningful as a message to everyone."
Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence Dr Maliki Osman said the gathering reflects the unity among various communities in Singapore.
Besides religious and community groups, Dr Maliki said schools also play an important part in the fight against terrorism. "We see how our young were influenced by the rhetoric of ISIS, and how a couple of them were identified, and the ones who notified the authorities are their friends, their friends and family members. So we need to continue to engage every segment of society who are influential,” he explained.
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Source: “In the wake of Paris attacks, Singapore religious leaders condemn terrorism” (Channel NewsAsia, 30 November 2015)
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