Singapore Must Be United Against Terror Threats
Parliament yesterday (3 Oct) vowed to keep Singapore united in the midst of a time when attacks have sowed discord in societies around the world
During the session, Members of Parliament (MPs) noted that the Muslim community had stepped up to counter extremism, and stressed the importance of communities coming together in unity.
The fact that multiracialism can be discussed so openly in the Singapore Parliament is itself a strength not possessed by many Parliaments around the world said Mr Christopher de Souza, MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.
There were also calls for more initiatives to combat terrorism on social media through the training of religious teachers and also influencers as “first responders” to dispel falsehoods in times of crisis. Suggestions for workplaces to get into action also included schemes to get counsellors and psychologists to prevent vulnerable individuals from being radicalised. Places like schools are also key places where multiracialism must be strengthened.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim shared that Muslim community had also taken efforts to counter terrorism, including developing an Islamic College here, and to start a network of religious teachers to engage the youth on social media. Whilst it has been a challenging journey, he is comforted by the support rendered by the other faith communities and was encouraged by the fact that they are not in this alone.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam added that the spirit of multiracialism is a key defence against the terror threat, urging Singaporeans to stay united, strengthen our social cohesion and unity. Terrorism, he said, posed a threat to Singapore’s very existence as one of the world’s most religiously diverse and harmonious societies and we must resolve to maintain the precious harmony that we have here.
Source: Singapore must stand united against terror threat: MPs(The Straits Times, 4 Oct 2017)