After Row Over Round To Migrant Employees, Singapore Islamic Physique’s Clarifies

After Row Over Circular To Migrant Workers, Singapore Islamic Body's Clarifies

The notice drew largely unfavourable feedback on-line. (representational)


Migrant employees in Singapore usually are not being discriminated in opposition to and may use any prayer house — be it in mosques or further areas in dormitories and housing estates — for his or her Hari Raya (Ramzan) prayers this week, an Islamic spiritual physique within the nation clarified in an announcement on Monday.

The assertion from the Islamic Non secular Council of Singapore (Muis) got here a day after an advisory by the Singapore Bangladesh Society (SBS) went viral on social media, in keeping with a report by The Straits Occasions on Monday.

Within the notice addressed to migrant Bangladeshi Muslim employees, SBS mentioned that Muis requested that they carry out prayers for Aidilfitri (Eid) on April 22 of their respective dormitories.

“This can assist to keep away from overcrowding and highway blockages and make sure the well being, and security of everybody,” the round learn.

The notice, signed off by SBS on behalf of Muis, started circulating on Sunday afternoon and drew largely unfavourable feedback on-line.

One person on Twitter mentioned: “That is completely ridiculous. Many of those migrant employees volunteer to hold out work throughout their treasured days off in most of the mosques, in addition to making beneficiant donations from their wages.”

One other supplied some options: “Can different preparations be made? Transportation to unfold (them) out? Funds to cater for added house at chosen areas?”

Muis, in its clarification on Monday, acknowledged the contribution of migrant employees in native mosques and that the employees “have by no means been segregated”.

The spiritual physique additionally famous the frustration and anger in the neighborhood at how migrant employees have been being restricted to their dorms.

It added that the advisory by SBS didn’t embrace the complete preparations that Muis, its companions and the mosques have taken to offer congregants, each native and international, with a snug and protected prayer expertise.

“We’ve greater than tripled the variety of prayer areas in dorms, which the SBS letter was highlighting to the MTWs (Muslim transient employees). We’ve additionally launched over 20 supplementary venues for a further 10,000 areas in our housing estates islandwide,” Muis’ notice mentioned, including that there have been 240,000 prayer areas in native mosques.

“We remorse that the wording of the SBS round didn’t present the complete scope of preparations made for our MTWs and hope that this notice clarifies,” it mentioned.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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