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    Lee Kuan Yew: Muslim integration in Singapore is failing…

    Is Singapur's founding father Lee Kuan Yew a political incorrect racist after saying " We can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”? It seems there is no one place in Universe where Muslims have not problems with infidels.

    “We can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”

    Fartwa worthy. Watch the soldiers of Allah throw hissy fits from the Straights of Singapore to Timbuktu. And he didn’t even want to offend:

    In the book, Mr Lee, when asked to assess the progress of multiracialism in Singapore, said: “I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not wish to offend the Muslim community.

    The Straits Times on the claim by Lee Kuan Yew, published in his new bookHard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, that Muslim integration in Singapore is failing:

    MM’s [Minister Mentor's] remarks on integration draw flak

    Mr Lee, when asked to assess the progress of multiracialism in Singapore, said: “I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not wish to offend the Muslim community.

    “I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, intermarriages and so on, Indians with Chinese, Chinese with Indians – than Muslims. That’s the result of the surge from the Arab states.”

    He added: “I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”

    He also said: “I think the Muslims socially do not cause any trouble, but they are distinct and separate.”

    Mr lee then went on to speak of how his own generation of politicians who worked with him had integrated well, including sitting down and eating together. He said: “But now, you go to schools with Malay and Chinese, there’s a halal and non-halal segment and so too, the universities. And they tend to sit separately so as not to be contaminated. All that becomes a social divide.”

    He added that the result was a “veil” across peoples. Asked what Muslims in Singapore needed to do to integrate, he replied: “Be less strict on Islamic observances and say ‘Okay, I’ll eat with you.’”



    Right-wing Malay rights group Perkasa slammed Mr Lee, saying he seemed to be adapting the same tactic as non-Muslim opposition leaders in Malaysia who raised sensitive issues without bothering about Muslim sensitivities.

    Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said: “Perkasa does not consider Lee Kuan Yew as being less able to respect other religions, but instead consider him a very senile old man.”



    A reader on the Jakarta Globe website wrote [on Lee's comments]: “Funny, if you say the same thing in Europe, you will be crucified. At least somebody who is calling a cat a cat.”
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    Re: Lee Kuan Yew: Muslim integration in Singapore is failing…

    Most Malay Muslims are not rabid like some other groups of Muslims. If the Chinese and Indians of Singapore don't think they can get along with Malay Muslims that says alot.

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    Re: Lee Kuan Yew: Muslim integration in Singapore is failing…

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Most Malay Muslims are not rabid like some other groups of Muslims.
    The extremeists in Indonesia are just as bad as the ones everywhere else, Jemaah Islamiyah solely has racked up a death tally of over 300 people in the last 10 or so years.
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    Re: Lee Kuan Yew: Muslim integration in Singapore is failing…

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    The extremeists in Indonesia are just as bad as the ones everywhere else, Jemaah Islamiyah solely has racked up a death tally of over 300 people in the last 10 or so years.
    But they are a distinct minority in Indonesia. Most of the extremists in Indonesia hail from the province of Aceh, known in Indonesia as the front porch to Mecca. It has always been a hotbed of Islamic radicalism... it is, incidently, the first part of Indonesia to become Muslim, a process that was largely peaceful as it was driven through trade and missionary work.

    Generally speaking, Malays are indeed far more moderate than Arab/Persian Muslims. This isn't even a debatable point. However, it should be noted that Lee IS slightly racist towards Malays and has been for a long time. If you knew the story of how Singapore came to be an independent nation, you would understand this...
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