[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Saturday, January 27, 2007

[Unlicensed to Kill]
1. A book by Ustaz Mohd Haniff Hassan countering the justification of Imam Samudra for the Bali bombing was launched this morning at the National Library. It was appropriately entitled 'Unlicensed to Kill'. Citing authoritative sources and by clear argument, Ustaz Haniff has made an important contribution to the struggle for the soul of Islam. The book is intended to be read by both Muslims and non-Muslims. For non-Muslims, Ustaz Haniff explained simply why Islam is a religion of peace and jihad the struggle for what is right and just.

2. The session on inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue was organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs which is headed by Simon Tay. I was invited by Simon to deliver a keynote address. Earlier, my old MP colleague, Mohd Maidin Packer, had spoken to me about Ustaz Haniff's book. I told him that I was honoured to be associated with the launch of the book.

3. I spoke about my recent trip to India and how, in different ways, Hindus, Parsees, Catholics, Sikhs and others help the poor of all religions. If we start from theology, we are very different. But if we start from the human being and centre our actions on the individual, then we immediately find a large common area. It is the area of our common humanity. While human beings are unequal in almost all aspects, we are spiritually equal. Because we share this common belief, murder is murder whether it is the killing of a wealthy man or the killing of a pauper.

4. Members of the IRO gave full support to the seminar and the launch of the book. Our IRO is a treasure. Embracing ten religions in all, the IRO helps to promote inter-faith dialogue and understanding. Leaders of different religions in Singapore routinely reach out to one another helping us solve problems as they arise. We have a good thing going here which is gradually being noticed by others.

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Blogger Patrick Ribbsaeter said...

fdvzxygreat blog !

We have a new player in the bloggersphere.


I saw your write up about "xiaxue" on Straits Times, Forum.
Its time we shut that foul mouth of xiaxue...

Universal Player

Sunday, January 28, 2007 3:27:00 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sectarianism, communalism, racism etc etc .. they hurt our national fabric, we all know that. Perhaps its time to stop banging on it again and again and turn our attention to the big gorilla that some pretend not to see.

"Party-ism", best illustrated by Hougang and Potong Pasir and during every election when govt officials will tell you its all fair to discriminate against citizens.

How will our army officers - many in govt it seems - tell their men they must all prepare to die for Singapore when at the same time, the nation's govt discriminates against those who are of the "wrong party".

Will these officers who end up in govt have the moral courage to speak out against such discrimination and do the right thing for their men? Perhaps its asking too much of them....

Monday, January 29, 2007 9:09:00 pm


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