The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) Chief Executive Esa Masood said on Saturday that mosques here will continue to improve their emergency preparedness, even as their leaders reassure congregants that they remain secure and holy spaces (Jan 30).
Mr Esa urged mosque officials at an inauguration session for members of the mosque management board to further strengthen attempts to collaborate with other groups in serving the city.
You play a crucial role as mosque leaders in reminding our Jemaah that our mosques continue to be healthy holy spaces for our youth, our parents, our communities, our friends and neighbors.
Mr Esa, who spoke at the newly revamped Abdul Gafoor Mosque in Dunlop Lane, said, “Going forward, we will continue to strengthen and emphasise strengthening our emergency preparedness capabilities to ensure we are prepared,”
Muis said mosques here have been building up their potential for emergency preparedness since 2017.
They also since implemented a Threat-Oriented Citizen Screening Integrated Framework, in addition to exercises and emergency drills, which mobilizes citizens to keep an eye out for security risks.
After the discovery of a conspiracy by a Protestant Christian youth to assault Muslims at two mosques here, Yusof Ishak Mosque in the Woodlands and Assyafaah Mosque in Sembawang, Mr. Esa’s remarks follow.
Under the Internal Protection Act, a 16-year-old Singaporean of Indian origin has been arrested.
Minister K. Shanmugam of Law and Home Affairs said on Thursday that places of worship should not be converted into fortresses, but should remain friendly and free.
Instead, he called for the general society to fight racist agendas through teaching young people about violence from the extreme right.