Islamophobia: Singapore not exempt from global climate

Interfaith prayers being held during the 70th anniversary of the founding of Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore at Far East Plaza on March 18 last year. The Government has long stressed the values of multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue and
Interfaith prayers being held during the 70th anniversary of the founding of Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore at Far East Plaza on March 18 last year. The Government has long stressed the values of multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue and Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam last week outlined plans for a "proper debate" on issues such as hate speech, race and religion in Parliament next month.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

More can be done to educate public so misunderstandings do not arise, say experts

In a global climate of mounting suspicion and distrust of Islam, Singapore has not been exempt.

Despite efforts to promote multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue, many say that an undercurrent of ignorance and prejudice against Muslims remains.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore not exempt from global climate'. Print Edition | Subscribe