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Explaining the Syrian conflict to Muslims in Singapore

Malay-Muslim leaders help spread message to guard against extremism

Published on Jul 11, 2014 7:18 AM
 
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs (centre, in white), at a Ramadan bonus disbursement ceremony held at Muis. Leaders of the Malay-Muslim community are taking steps to put across the right message about the Syrian crisis, which has drawn fighters from around the world to take up arms. -- PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Leaders of the Malay-Muslim community are taking steps to put across the right message about the Syrian crisis, which has drawn fighters from around the world to take up arms.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, or Muis, has roped in mosques, religious teachers and madrasahs to explain the conflict to Muslims here and to put things in perspective.

The Government has also started working with the Malay media, like the Berita Harian newspaper, to put out explanatory articles, and is looking into cyberwellness programmes that will guard against young people being radicalised via the Internet.

Some Malay-Muslim groups have also sourced for bona fide channels for Singaporeans to provide humanitarian aid and donations to victims of the conflict.

 
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