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Accommodate differences of opinion in society, urges Dr Yaacob

There are bound to be differences of opinion in a multicultural society such as Singapore, thus it is important to work in a spirit of quiet consultation and accommodation in dealing with such differences, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim.

SINGAPORE: In a multicultural society such as Singapore, there are bound to be differences of opinion, thus it is important to work in a spirit of quiet consultation and accommodation in dealing with such differences, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim.

Dr Yaacob was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an award ceremony organised by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on Saturday.

His comments came after an online campaign was launched by a religious teacher urging fellow Muslims to wear white on June 28 as a sign of protest against homosexuality.

The online campaign was followed by an advisory from MUIS, which cautioned against adopting a "confrontational approach" towards those who are involved in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyles.

Dr Yaacob, who is also the minister for communications and information, said: "So the approach that MUIS has taken, the advisory, is a right advisory because ultimately, what we want to do is avoid dividing society, dividing the community.

“Let us find the big-heartedness that we have, to accommodate differences that exist in any society.

"That is the approach that we should have taken and I think that is the approach that MUIS has adopted and that's the approach that I'd like to encourage all -- not just Muslims -- in Singapore to deal with differences." 

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