"Our national songs hold a special place in the hearts of Singaporeans. MCCY takes any challenge to our proprietary rights and interests in our national songs and symbols very seriously, and we will take the necessary steps to protect them. Our principal consideration is to ensuere we protect our ownership and interest in our national songs and symbols."
Mufti Nazirudin welcomes the likely shift in policy on nurses wearing the tudung with their uniform and expressed deep appreciation of the opportunity to continuously provide feedback on many national issues including the tudung. In his reply, PM Lee thank the Mufti and MUIS for their support in Government's deliberations on the matter and said that change has to be carefully considered and gradual so that when it comes, it is understood by all communities and thus strengthen, rather than weaken, our social cohesion.
It is irresponsible of the Workers' Party Faisal Manap to raise the issue in Parliament.
His approach is divisive and clearly political. It's meant to stir the angst of people. One must remember that Faisal also famously declared in Parliament that politics and religion cannot be separated. Just imagine if believers of every other religion adopt the same stand in Parliament and freely mix politics with religion on every occasion.
This precarious harmony that we have so diligently and conscientiously built, that is the envy of the world, will be fragmented in no time.
While discussions behind closed doors had been ongoing for many years, Faisal chose to raise it in Parliament to score political points and claim credits when change has in fact evolved.
Grateful for second chances at life, Tim, the oldest A-level inmate student at prison school said: "Change comes when you start to learn." He had his capital punishment reduced to life imprisonment, and then resumed his education while behind bars.