Speaking to ITE students at a forum, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam made an audacious claim calling for students to be a “soldier for their religion”. The PAP millionaire Minister who draws S$1.1 million a year preached that Singaporean students should “put out the true faith” but stopped at telling students to commit murderous acts of soldiering:
“Each one of you has to look at yourself as a soldier, fighting for the cause of your religion, helping to put out the true faith, and helping your friends and country.”
Minister K Shanmugam then told the ITE students to go online to learn about “the true faith” and spread “positive messages” to friends and family members:
“Students must fight against extremism online by actively learning about religion through established sources for a start and, secondly, to teach their friends and family about the positive messages of Islam: universal brotherhood and sisterhood, friendship, and working and living together in a common spirit.”
It is unknown why the Law Minister did not relay the same message to elite students from Junior Colleges, and chosen the Institute of Technical Colleges (ITEs) for his propaganda.
This is not the first time the foul-mouth minister created controversies with his unfiltered remarks. In May this year, the PAP Minister accused an Oxford academic of fabricating historical evidence when the latter proved that the ruling party dictatorship used fake news to consolidate political powers and arrest innocent parties.