31 October 2015
Dr Nawab Osman, from Nanyang Technology University, said a puritanical mindset and intolerance has begun to seep into Singapore and Malaysia was one of the contributing factors.
“Singapore is where Malaysia was about 10 years ago. The impact of Malaysia’s Islam is real.
“When (well-known Malaysian preacher) Ustaz Azhar Idrus came to Singapore, 10,000 people went to his talk,” he said at the “Maqasid Shariah in a Constitutional Democracy” forum in Penang organised by G25 and think-tank Penang Institute today.
Speaking on Islamic revivalism and its socio-political impact, Nawab cited incidents in the island republic, such as the issue of Muslim women wearing headscarves, as an indication of the shift of Islam in Singapore.
He said as a secular state, headscarves were not allowed in Singaporean schools and certain departments, but the issue was the subject of a huge debate last year.
GPO / IDSS / Online
Last updated on 13/11/2015