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Be big-hearted, avoid dividing society: Dr Yaacob

Published on Jun 21, 2014 10:56 PM
 
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday urged Singaporeans to be big-hearted and to accommodate differences in opinions and choices to avoid dividing society. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE

SINGAPORE - Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday urged Singaporeans to be big-hearted and to accommodate differences in opinions and choices to avoid dividing society.

His comments came after an Islamic religious teacher launched a Wear White campaign to protest against homosexuality and the annual Pink Dot event, and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) issued guidelines to mosque officials on how to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam also spoke on the issue, saying that in matters of religion and personal preferences, people have to "exercise a sense of balance and restraint". He said: "I think we just have to be a society where you don't go pushing your own beliefs and preferences, but at the same time everyone else keeps the balance in society and avoids creating conflict."

Dr Yaacob said Muslims had always supported the institution of the family and this was something they would want to continue doing. "Yet, we also recognise that we live in a multicultural society where there are bound to be differences in opinion and people have their own choices," he said. "We respect that."

 
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