Pergas urges Govt to review stand on tudung

Pergas urges Govt to review stand on tudung
Minister Yaacob Ibrahim

THE Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (Pergas) last Friday thanked Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and Malay-Muslim Members of Parliament for their efforts to advance the community's well-being, including advocating for the hijab or Muslim headscarf to be worn at the workplace.

But Pergas feels the attempt to resolve the tudung issue is still unsatisfactory, it said in a statement last Friday.

It hopes the Government will review its stand of not allowing the tudung for certain uniformed public sector jobs, to fit the community's aspirations.

It also hopes the Government will have a clear timeline for allowing the tudung in the workforce, "gradually if not immediately".

Responding in a Facebook post last Friday night, Dr Yaacob welcomed Pergas' leadership in adopting a rational approach and guiding the community to be calm on the tudung issue.

The Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs pledged that he would personally continue to pay close attention to the issue.

Pergas also announced it was setting up a task force to propose an action plan for the short and long term.

Yesterday's statements came in the wake of recent calls for Muslim women to be able to don the tudung in nursing and other uniformed public sector jobs.

In thanking Dr Yaacob and the Malay-Muslim MPs for accepting its invitation for a dialogue on the issue on Tuesday, Pergas said through it, it was made aware of MPs' efforts.

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