SINGAPORE – The National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) wrote a letter of support for the Muslim community in light of the incident involving the first female in Singapore to be detained for radicalism.
The letter sent on June 12, was addressed to Mufti Fatris Bakaram and Haji Abdul Razak Maricar, the chief executive of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)
The council, which represents over 250 Christian churches in Singapore, also published the letter on their website.
In the letter, NCSS expressed concern about the incident and the possible negative perceptions of Islam and Muslims held by Singaporeans in response to the arrest of Syaikah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari.
NCSS added that the detention of Izzah should not be used to ‘stoke the flames of Islamophobia in Singapore’.
NCCS also praised the Muslim community for contributing to the progress of the nation and highlighted the community’s role in strengthening multi-religious ties in our society.
The letter signed by NCCS president Rennis Ponniah and general secretary Ngoei Foong Nghian, ended with NCCS advocating the maintenance of Singapore multi-religious and multi-racial harmony.