PM praises Malay-Muslim community's inclusive spirit

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Ang Hin Kee (second from right) and grassroots leaders, meeting residents at Cheng San Community Club yesterday.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Ang Hin Kee (second from right) and grassroots leaders, meeting residents at Cheng San Community Club yesterday.PHOTO: MIKE LEE FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

The Malay-Muslim community in Singapore has worked closely with other communities to make the country what it is today.

Making the point yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong added that he is encouraged by the "spirit of camaraderie and compassion" of the Malay-Muslim community, which has helped to build a harmonious mulitracial and multi-religious society.

"It is this same spirit that we are celebrating this year in our Jubilee year... Today, we celebrate our journey together. It has been a very exhilarating journey, one which the Malay-Muslim community has participated in fully," he said.

Mr Lee was speaking at a Hari Raya celebration, Salam Lebaran 2015, at the Cheng San Community Club to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

The event was attended by about 700 guests, including residents from the Sengkang West Single-Member Constituency and Ang Mo Kio GRC, which is anchored by Mr Lee. Among the guests were 50 pioneer generation grassroots leaders from across Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC.

Mr Lee also paid tribute to grassroots and community leaders for their dedication and thanked residents for their support.

Wong Siew Ying

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 26, 2015, with the headline 'PM praises Malay-Muslim community's inclusive spirit'. Print Edition | Subscribe