Singapore minister slams Muslim teacher for coronavirus racism




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Kuala Lumpur – Singapore’s minister of law and affairs on Friday accused a Muslim religious teacher of making racist and xenophobic anti- comments about deadly coronavirus outbreak has killed 636 people and infected over 30,000.

In a Facebook post, K Shanmugan said ministry investigate Abdul Halim Abdul Karim over comments suggesting coronavirus is divine retribution for ’s in its western Xinjiang region, where groups allege around 1 Muslim Uighurs have been detained in camps.

minister described as thoroughly racist Karim’s suggestion coronavirus has spread because of personal hygiene habits, adding society has to take a clear stand against such comments.

Singapore has confirmed 30 cases of coronavirus with over 400 people in quarantine.

While around three-quarters of Singapore’s 5.7 population are of descent, tend on whole to follow other religions, 14 per cent of wealthy city-’s mixed ethnic population including Malays and Indians are Muslim.

In a statement about coronavirus, the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Association asked co-religionists to attribute any unfortunate incident that has happened to the actions of any party.

Tens of millions of people across Asia are descended Chinese migrants, while the past decade has seen a surge in outbound Chinese tourism to neighbouring countries.

However, the coronavirus outbreak has seen a rise in anti-Chinese sentiment across Asia, with over 1 people signing online petitions started in late January calling for Chinese visitors to be banned South Korea and Malaysia.

(dpa/NAN)