More threats and challenges ahead

I am glad that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's health has been given the all-clear after he paused and faltered during his National Day Rally speech on Sunday night ("All normal for PM Lee Hsien Loong after late night check-up at SGH: Vivian Balakrishnan"; ST Online, and "Anxiety, then relief, as PM completes rally after taking ill"; both published yesterday).

I agree with him that Singapore is facing more threats and challenges as we turn 51 this year.

Terrorism is very close to our shores and, in recent months, there have been several arrests of radicalised individuals which placed the local Malay-Muslim community in the spotlight ("Singapore has thwarted several terrorist plots"; yesterday).

All Singaporeans should continue to play an important role to ensure that we can contain this threat. They should also report any illegal or suspicious activities to the authorities as soon as possible.

As a Malay-Muslim, I wish to remind everyone that my religion has never promoted or supported acts of terrorism in the name of protecting Islam and its followers.

The majority of Muslims reject such acts and ideologies that promote the killing or hurting of innocent non-Muslims.

With the global economy in a weak position, Singapore is not spared, as we hugely depend on foreign trade and investment.

Thus, I really hope that the Government will look into various ways and means to provide the necessary assistance and support to Singaporean workers and companies, to ensure that we do not get left behind, as more foreign workers and talents come to Singapore to join our workforce.

I also support PM Lee's call for a good and capable political system which is accepted by the citizens, to ensure that all plans for the future can work successfully ("Good politics necessary for future plans to work"; yesterday).

With this in mind, I hope that our political leaders and civil servants will continue to be corruption-free, fair and honest in all their day-to-day dealings and activities.

Muhammad Dzul Azhan Haji Sahban

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 23, 2016, with the headline 'More threats and challenges ahead'. Print Edition | Subscribe