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Mr Packer Maidin said on Channel News Asia that
non-Muslims should stay out of the tudung issue. He specifically
mentioned that Dr Chee Soon Juan is undermining the Mufti's statement by
raising the matter.
On behalf of the Muslim members of the
Singapore Democratic Party, I wish to state that the matter concerns
more than just the Muslim community. As a multi-racial and
multi-religious party, the SDP calls on all Singaporeans from all walks
of life and all religious backgrounds to support its stand that the
schoolgirls should be allowed to continue their schooling regardless of
whether they choose to wear the tudung or not.
If Mr. Packer
Maidin's logic stands that Dr Chee and non-Muslims should not be
involved in the issue, then Mr. Goh Chok Tong, Lee Hsien Loong and Dr
Tony Tan, should also refrain from making comments. Clearly this is
impossible. The decision to ban the schoolgirls from class is a national
policy. All Singaporeans should therefore be concerned and be able to
Mr Packer Maidin should be made aware that it is the PAP
that is trying to turn this matter into a religious issue. Whether the
girls should don their tudung or not is for their parents to decide.
However, the minute the girls were barred from attending a national
school, the public became involved and the SDP has the responsibility to
speak out. The Muslims in SDP urge Mr Maidin to stop dragging religion
into the matter.
The SDP repeats its demand for the Government to
let the suspended students back to their classrooms by Thursday 14