Religious Rehabilitation Group launches mobile application to combat radicalisation

The Religious Rehabilitation Group launched a mobile application that allows users to have live and private chats with RRG counselors to discuss issues they have.
The Religious Rehabilitation Group launched a mobile application that allows users to have live and private chats with RRG counselors to discuss issues they have.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) launched a mobile application on Tuesday (May 31) to prevent the spread of radical ideology.

The RRG app allows users to have one-to-one live and private chats with RRG counselors to discuss issues or concerns they have.

Another feature is the Push Notification , by which users are updated on RRG news and events. The RRG counsels terror detainees and conducts public education on the dangers of extremism for the wider community.

The app also allows users to make bookings to tour the RRG gallery at the RRG Resource and Counseling Centre at Khadijah Mosque at Geylang Road .

Speaking at the launch of the app at Orchid Country Club Minister for Home Affairs K. Shanmugam said that the threats and challenges of radicalisation are "greater than ever before".

He said: "We see developments globally and in the region, such as rising religious conservatism and exclusivism, especially in our region.

He noted that, for instance, in some places there are teachings that Muslims cannot wish others "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Deepavali".

"There is rising Islamophobia in many parts of the world, where Muslim communities feel isolated, marginalized and become vulnerable to radical influences," he added.

The RRG stands at the centre of the community's efforts against radicalisation, he said.