Lee Kuan Yew denies characterising islam as ‘venomous’

:ee Kuan Yew

This press release is a response to a Wikileaks Cable “05SINGAPORE2073, VISIT BY SEN. CLINTON TO SINGAPORE (JULY 5-7) which alleged Mr Lee described Islam as a “venomous religion”.

Lee Kuan Yew

This is false. I looked up MFA’s filenote of the meeting. Nowhere does it record me describing Islam as “venomous”, nor did I say anything which could have given that impression.

I did talk about extremist terrorists like the Jemaah Islamiyah group, and the jihadist preachers who brainwashed them. They are implacable in wanting to put down all who do not agree with them. So their Islam is a perverted version, which the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Singapore do not subscribe to.

I also pointed out that our Muslim leaders are rational, and that the ultimate solution to extremist terrorism was to give moderate Muslims the courage to stand up and speak out against radicals who have hijacked Islam to recruit volunteers for their violent ends.