Don't let officers' arrest spark Islamophobia

The arrest of two auxiliary police officers under the Internal Security Act for their links to terrorism is a stark reminder that terrorism and extremism can infiltrate any area of our society (2 auxiliary cops arrested for terror-linked offences; June 21).

More importantly, because such incidents involve a particular race and religion, it becomes a challenge to prevent some from becoming Islamophobic.

Hence, the reminder by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that Islamophobia is as bad and unacceptable as radical terrorism could not have been more opportune (Islamophobia as bad and unacceptable as terrorism, says PM Lee; June 21).

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam's words cautioning employers not to look at race or religion when hiring is also timely (Officer 'didn't show obvious signs of radicalisation when hired'; June 21).

The swift condemnation of the two men's acts by our Muslim leaders, including Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli, and organisations such as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) is commendable.

Their stand will help to fight fears about Islamophobia in Singapore.

It is my hope that this minor incident will be put in the correct perspective and be viewed as an isolated incident.

Rajasegaran Ramasamy

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2017, with the headline 'Don't let officers' arrest spark Islamophobia'. Print Edition | Subscribe