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LEE HSIEN LOONG: THE POSITION ON TUDUNG IS NOT FROZEN

I told the group that I fully appreciate their desire to allow Muslim women in uniform to wear the tudung. But a larger issue is at stake: the sort of society we aspire to be. Singapore is a multi-racial, multi-religious and harmonious society. Minorities are fully integrated into the mainstream, but have full opportunities to maintain their identities and practise their faiths. So I am also mindful how crucial it is for us to strengthen our cohesion, and maintain the relaxed confidence and trust that benefits us all, especially the minorities.

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PRIME MINISTER LEE HOLDS DIALOGUE OVER TUDUNG ISSUE, SAYS CHANGES MUST BE GRADUAL

Singapore will move in a "broad and informal way" and not take it issue by issue and by rights and entitlements.It is an approach that has worked for the country, he added, and Singapore is more integrated than it was in the past and also compared to many societies. This is the first such dialogue the Prime Minister has held with the Malay community on the issue, which has generated much debate since September last year. The discussion was sparked after a lecturer asked at a forum why nurses were barred from wearing tudungs.

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TUDUNG IN THE WORKPLACE: WHY THE CONTROVERSY?

The issue came to prominence in 2002, when four Malay-Muslim parents sent their daughters to school wearing the tudung. The girls were suspended for not adhering to the school uniform, and where schools previously had the leeway to permit amendments to their own uniforms on religious grounds, the issue came under the purview of the Ministry of Education, which enforced stricter regulations on uniforms in the interest of keeping government schools secular. The case sparked a flurry of discussions, arguing both for and against the acceptance of headscarves.

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Are we ready for the hijab-in-uniform?

So, is society ready for the hijab-in-uniform? There is no way to really know until we try allowing it. No matter how many surveys we take or how much we debate the issue, there will always be the suspicion there are too many of us with prejudices hiding behind politically correct opinions. If we do not try, we will not rid those prejudices lingering in us. Trying is the best way to search for practical solutions.

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