Singapore leaders send condolences on bomb blasts in Indonesia

Singapore leaders send condolences on bomb blasts in Indonesia

Motorcycles burn following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, Ea
Motorcycles burn following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia May 13, 2018, in this photo provided by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/ Handout Surabaya Government/ via REUTERS

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Indonesian President Joko Widodo with their condolences on the bomb attacks near three churches in Surabaya on Sunday (May 13).

Their letters are reproduced below: 

LETTER FROM PRESIDENT HALIMAH YACOB TO PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO

His Excellency Joko Widodo

President

Republic of Indonesia

13 May 2018

Your Excellency, 

I am deeply saddened to learn of the bomb attacks that took place near three churches in Surabaya on 13 May 2018. On behalf of the people of Singapore, I convey our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.  I wish those injured a speedy recovery.

Singapore strongly condemns such wanton attacks, which have led to the tragic loss of innocent lives and caused injuries to both civilians and the police. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia during this time of grief.  

Yours sincerely, 

HALIMAH YACOB

LETTER FROM PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG TO PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO

13 May 2018 

Dear President Jokowi,

I was shocked and saddened by the news of the bomb attacks in the vicinity of three churches in Surabaya on 13 May 2018. The attacks claimed innocent lives, and left many injured.

On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, and wish the injured a swift recovery.

Singapore strongly condemns such senseless and callous acts of violence against civilians at places of worship. I am confident that the Indonesian Government will be able to deal with the situation decisively. Singapore stands ready to work with Indonesia to bring those responsible for such reprehensible acts of violence to justice. I am confident that the unity and resolve of the Indonesian people will not waver during this difficult time. 

Yours sincerely,

LEE HSIEN LOONG

His Excellency Joko Widodo

President

Republic of Indonesia

MUIS STATEMENT AGAINST BOMBINGS IN SURABAYA

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on Monday also condemned the attacks, calling them "heinous" and "senseless".

"This senseless violence is against everything that Islam stands for, as a religion that calls for peace and harmonious relations between communities. Islam respects the sanctity of religion and human life, and calls for the protection of all worshippers and places of worship, always," MUIS said in a statement.

Mufti Dr Mohd Fatris Bakaram added that the bombings, which were carried out by entire families, including young children, had been led by parents "completely misled by exclusivist and extremist ideology".

“These supposed ‘martyrdom attacks’ run fully contrary to the teachings of Islam, which clearly forbid attacks on non-Muslim’s places of worship. Such attacks are serious transgressions of the principles and values taught by the Prophet,” he said.

Source: CNA/mn

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