SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met People's Action Party (PAP) Malay-Muslim Members of Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the hijab issue.
Minister for Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said in a Facebook post that Mr Lee explained the need to manage and balance the diverse needs of Singapore's multi-racial and multi-religious society.
He also said that Singapore should continually work towards better mutual understanding of diverse needs in the nation.
Here is Mr Yaacob Ibrahim's full Facebook post:
We have been discussing the hijab issue over the last few weeks. Today my Malay PAP MP colleagues and I met PM. We had a good discussion. We're glad for PM's understanding that this issue is important to many Muslims.
PM stressed that his aim was to create an environment where Muslims and other faiths can practise their religions freely and peacefully. But he also explained why we must manage and balance the diverse needs of our multi-racial and multi-religious society. Hence the need for accommodation and compromise by all parties.
We agreed that we must all continually work towards better mutual understanding of these diverse needs. Constructive dialogue is the best way forward. This is the Singapore way, and has served everyone well over the years. As I mentioned before, it will take time, but we will find practical solutions if we continue to engage with goodwill.