Mosques made huge effort to keep virus at bay & demonstrated community’s resilience: PM Lee

22/04/2022

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong thanked the Muslim community for the sacrifices and understanding, and for cooperating with the authorities to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

He was at a break fast event at Al-Muttaqin in Ang Mo Kio on Apr 21, 2022, joining worshippers and leaders from other faiths. Also at the event was Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.

PM Lee said: “This year’s Ramadan feels special – because for the first time since the pandemic started, we are able to resume some normalcy. The last two years have been a very challenging and difficult time for everyone. But you understood the public health challenge, and you adapted your practices to comply with the national guidelines and safe management measures.”

Citing the huge effort made by the mosques to help keep the virus at bay such as holding religious programmes and donations online, PM Lee said that this allowed the community to participate actively and safely during the pandemic.

Sharing the evening’s proceedings on Facebook on Apr 22, PM Lee also wrote: “Our mosques made a huge effort to keep the virus at bay and ensure that prayers could be conducted safely. They demonstrated the community’s resilience in the face of challenges, and this bodes well for the future.

PM Lee also thanked faith leaders in strengthening racial and religious harmony at the event.

Describing the racial and religious harmony as hard-earned and very precious, he said that he was very glad that the leaders are rallying together to nurture this harmony, and to contribute beyond their own faith communities.

By leading their communities by example, the faith leaders build a reservoir of trust and respect, which Singapore will need to draw on and continue to build on during times of crisis.

“I hope we will continue these efforts to strengthen our multi-racial and multi-religious harmony, as one cohesive and united people, so that Singapore can continue to thrive and succeed for many more years to come.”

Cover photo credit: PM Lee Facebook page.