Tag Archives: Straits Times 5 May 2014

LEE HSIEN LOONG: SINGAPORE’S MOTHER TONGUES WILL EVOLVE

AS LIVE languages that are meant to be used, Singaporeans' mother tongues will evolve and change over time, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. But he emphasised in a Facebook post that Singapore pays a lot of attention to languages, and the Government would do its utmost to keep mother tongue languages alive. He urged Singaporeans to write and speak these languages not just correctly, but colloquially too. "Then we will really be cool, or as we say in Mandarin: ku," he said, using the Chinese character for the word.

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MALAYSIAN TERROR GROUP TRAINED WITH GUNS

A new militant group uncovered by Malaysian police last week had trained with guns in remote palm plantations and forests, and some weekend sessions were paid for by a foreign businessman, it was reported yesterday. Eleven members of the unnamed group, including a woman, were nabbed in Selangor and Kedah recently. Police suspect the members were planning to launch a bombing campaign against "Western and American" targets in Malaysia, including foreign embassies and entertainment outlets in the popular Bangsar area.

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MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION SPLIT OVER MOVE TO IMPOSE ISLAMIC PENAL CODE

It is also unclear if Malaysia's Muslims, though becoming increasingly devout, would support hudud law. Most are reluctant to openly criticise syariah (Islamic) laws that they believe come from Allah and must be carried out to reduce crime and other social woes, but that does not mean they necessarily support their implementation now. Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, an open critic of the move, has added fire to the debate by saying: "There is no justice if hudud is implemented because the hands of a Muslim thief are cut while a non-Muslim spends two months in prison. Is that justice? If it is not justice, then it is not Islamic."

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