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Singapore shares global outrage and sadness over MH17: Yaacob

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Singapore shares the outrage and sadness felt across the world over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which killed all 298 people on board. 

SINGAPORE: Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Singapore shares the outrage and sadness felt across the world over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, which killed all 298 people on board. He said world leaders have to get to the root of the problem.

Dr Yaacob said: “We have to try and deal with this as soon as possible and I'm glad that the world leaders are coming together to find the root cause and to deal with this, not only in terms of what happened because we should prevent it from happening in the future, but also to deal with those who have been affected by the incident."

Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-charge of Muslim affairs, was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Darul Arqam Ramadan financial aid disbursement ceremony on Sunday. About S$171,410 in cash and vouchers were given out, benefiting 562 needy families.

He also weighed in on what Singapore can do to provide relief to those affected in the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

“At this point in time, there are two things that we can do. Obviously, I think any form of humanitarian effort would be a great relief, especially for those affected in this conflict. I'm glad we've been able to collect a lot of money and also find ways to channel to those who are in need," he said.

“Secondly, obviously we do not want in any way for us to participate actively in this conflict because we know that this is something which is close to our hearts, but at the same time I think we can also pray for peace to arrive at the situation as soon as possible. I think there is a strong desire from the Muslim communities to see an end to all hostilities, hopefully with all the efforts by the world leaders and together with what we can do here in Singapore, peace can come to the region as soon as possible.”

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