Muslim SCDF trainees committed to training despite fasting: Shanmugam

Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam with cadets from the Singapore Civil Defence Force at the National Service Training Institute on June 7, 2016.
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam with cadets from the Singapore Civil Defence Force at the National Service Training Institute on June 7, 2016.PHOTO: SCDF

SINGAPORE - Muslim cadets from the Singapore Civil Defence Force remain committed to their training despite fasting during the Ramadan month and it is a spirit that should be appreciated, said Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.

"We want to recognise that (trainees) are putting everything they have into this," added Mr Shanmugam, who is also Law Minister.

Speaking at an event at the National Service Training Institute on Tuesday (June 7), he said that Muslim trainees "go through the day training like everyone else but they are fasting".

"There is a sense of solidarity that we want to show, everybody coming together, supporting each other."

He and Mr Amrin Amin, Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs, joined about 200 trainees in sahur. This is a pre-dawn meal consumed by the Muslims before they start fasting for the day.