Posts Tagged ‘islam’

The Hard Truths and Islam controversy hasn’t quite died down yet.  Now the book is banned in Malaysia, or is it?  AsiaOne: The Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) has not banned a book by former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew that allegedly offends Muslims. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri […]

Lee Kuan Yew in hot water over remarks on Islam again — this time for something he said in 2005.  AFP via The Australian: SINGAPORE’s outspoken former leader Lee Kuan Yew has denied calling Islam a “venomous religion” after leaked US diplomatic cables set off a furore in the multiracial city-state. One of hundreds of […]

Lee Kuan Yew backpedals on his controversial earlier remarks.  ST: MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said on Monday he stands corrected on how well-integrated Malay-Muslims are in Singapore. He issued a statement late last night, referring to comments he made in the new book, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going, and the […]

The Government backpedals on Lee Kuan Yew’s controversial remarks about Muslims.  AsiaOne: THE views on Singapore Muslims expressed by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in a new book are his personal opinions, and not those of the Government, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. … Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a […]

Lee Kuan Yew suggests putting Singapore before Islam.  AFP: Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew has urged local Muslims to “be less strict on Islamic observances” to aid integration and the city-state’s nation-building process. Singapore has a predominantly Chinese population, with minority races including Muslim Malays and Indians, and Lee has always stressed the importance […]

Lee Kuan Yew is surprised to encounter Muslims in Malaysia.  Straits Times: MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew yesterday related an encounter with women clad in black from head to toe in the swimming pool of his hotel in Kelantan to show how a society’s culture changed with rising religiosity. … Mr Lee visited the Kelantan […]