President Tan, PM Lee condemn terrorist attack

President Tony Tan Keng Yam extended his condolences to the victims and their families.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam extended his condolences to the victims and their families. PHOTO: ST FILE

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday condemned last Saturday's terrorist attack in London that killed seven people and injured about 50.

In a letter to Queen Elizabeth II, Dr Tan said he was shocked by the vicious terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, and extended his condolences to the victims and their families.

He said: "Singapore condemns these cowardly acts of terror. As we confront the global scourge of terrorism, I am confident that the resolve of the British people will not waver in the face of this tragedy."

PM Lee, in a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May, said Singapore stands in solidarity with Britain during this difficult time.

"We convey our condolences to those who lost loved ones and wish the injured a speedy recovery. The British people have faced recent terror threats with fortitude and demonstrated that the terrorists will not prevail," he said.

Yesterday, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim also expressed deep concern over the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Thailand's Pattani province, the Afghan capital Kabul, and Manchester and London in Britain.

He said in a Facebook post that the sanctity of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started on May 26, had been tarnished by the "horrific acts that showed total lack of respect for humanity and compassion".

"These actions carried out by a minority do not represent the vast majority of peace-loving Muslims and people of other creeds," he said.

At home, Singaporeans have been "jolted by the tasteless act of vandalism" at the upcoming Marine Parade MRT station, said Dr Yaacob. The word "terrorist" was scrawled on an illustration of a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf that appears on a hoarding at the construction site.

"In the midst of such adversity, we as Singaporeans must have faith and stand united against forces that seek to pitch us against one another," he added.

"Let us continue to keep the faith and build confidence with one another regardless of our faiths or creed. We must stay vigilant and look out for one another."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2017, with the headline 'President Tan, PM Lee condemn terrorist attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe