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Copies of MM Lee's book on display in an MPH bookstore in Kuching. Elsewhere in Malaysia, leading bookstores in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malacca, Johor Baru and Miri are stocking the book. -- PHOTO: MPH
Muslim groups query MM's (Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew) remarks

in SINGAPORE, 05/02/2011

THE Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) on Friday called on the Government to clarify whether it shared the thinking behind Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's recently published comments on the Muslim community.

In a strongly worded statement, the independent self-help group said: 'Otherwise, the perception will be that the comments expressed by MM Lee, as a core member of the Cabinet, reflect the official position of the Government.'

Mr Lee's remarks are from the book Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going, launched on Jan 21.

Among his remarks: 'Muslims socially do not cause any trouble, but they are distinct and separate.' Asked what Muslims could do to integrate, he said: 'Be less strict on Islamic observances and say, 'Okay, I'll eat with you.''

He also said Malays would never close the gap in educational attainments with the Indians and Chinese, 'because as they improve, the others also improve'.

'That's a fact of life,' he added.

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