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Group that fights extremist ideology wins Berita Harian Achiever award

Published on Aug 19, 2014 10:13 PM
(From left) Ustaz Mohamed Hasbi Hassan and Ustaz Ali Haji Mohamed of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) won the Berita Harian Achievers of the Year Award and Saiyidah Aisyah Mohammed Rafa'ee won the Berita Harian Inspiring Young Achiever Award. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) is the first organisation to win the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Award and on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described as invaluable their work over the last 10 years in countering extremist ideology and helping to keep Singapore safe.

Sportswoman Saiyidah Aisyah Mohammed Ra'fee won this year's Berita Harian Inspiring Young Achiever Award. She overcame several obstacles, including a lack of financial support, to win a gold medal for rowing at last December's Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

Speaking at the gala awards dinner, Mr Lee said the work of the RRG continues to be important, with the conflicts in Syria and Iraq feeding a terrorist narrative that has drawn thousands of foreign fighters from around the world.

The effects are being felt globally as people are becoming self radicalised through what they see and read online.

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