Why I support the Singapore Hijab Movement

Please pardon me for my ignorance. When I first hear about the Singapore Hijab Movement, I didn’t bother. I thought it was a non-issue. I always thought that workplace don’t indiscriminate against Muslim women from wearing the hijab (or tudung). I didn’t know (and didn’t notice) that front-line government officers, nurses and professions that require uniforms do not allow Muslim women to wear the hijab.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said that the Government has the responsibility to balance different community requirements with the goal of maintaining social harmony. Every community, when it presses for its own concerns, must bear in mind how that affects other communities and how others might see it.
I agree with DPM Teo. We need to maintain social harmony in a multi-racial Singapore. Which is why, as a Chinese, I support the Singapore Hijab Movement. I don’t think we should discriminate Muslim women just because they choose to wear the hijab. I don’t have any issue with being served by a front line government officer wearing a hijab. I don’t have any issue with a nurse wearing hijab taking care of me when I’m in hospital. I’m sure most Singaporeans feel the same way too. So why is the Government discriminating them?
DPM Teo also seems to have forgotten that our Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yacob, is wearing a hijab. What if the Parliament does not allow its member to wear a hijab? Then we will lose the contribution from talents like Mdm Halimah.
If Singaporeans have no issue with a Speaker of Parliament wearing a hijab, I don’t think anyone will have issue with hijab in the workplace.

1 comment

  1. I agree with you. Its like those who wear hijab, don’t have much options to work here in Singapore.
    Its pretty enlightening to see this kind of post. Hope that many people feel the same way too. 🙂

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