Masagos: We must counter radical rhetoric

Masagos: We must counter radical rhetoric
Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli stressed that it is becoming increasingly important to counter the radical rhetoric from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as he told global leaders about Singapore's own battles with self-radicalisation.

Speaking on Wednesday on the last day of a White House summit on countering radicalism, Mr Masagos said the Muslim community and religious organisations in Singapore play a critical role in pushing back against extremist ideology, The Straits Times Online reported.

"Fortunately, a long spell of peace and religious harmony has brought the community out on their own volition, to help tackle this problem and to nip the issue in the bud," he said.

"Their participation has complemented security action by Singapore authorities. Even in rehabilitation, the community figures prominently, where individuals who are known to harbour extreme or violent views, we intervene early and refer such individuals to religious counselling."

He also told leaders about the work of the Religious Rehabilitation Group, an NGO that spearheads the counter-radicalisation efforts.

Singapore will host the East Asia Summit Symposium on Religious Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration in April.

This article was first published on Feb 21, 2015.
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