PRESS RELEASE February 05, 2014
AN OPEN LETTER IN REGARDS TO TERMINATION OF WORLD HIJAB DAY SINGAPORE PAGE
MIZAN reads with regret the claim made by Ms Seri Fatmawati Hambali, Ambassador of World Hijab Day Singapore (http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/…/world-hijab-day…) expressing the threat and discrimination by authorities to the committee members of World Hijab Day in Singapore.
Mr Filbert Tay, First Secretary at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur when contacted replied that “no further information” could be given with regards to the matter and would release an official comment on the allegations. We believe Singapore is a model country, which values freedom of expression as well as religious freedom. We wish for any misunderstandings with regards to the Hijab in Singapore to be dealt with promptly through dialogue and education. Issues like religious tolerance and acceptance such as the right to wear a hijab must be looked upon seriously.
We believe there should not be any double standard or prosecution towards the right for any individual to manifest their religious belief. What more, the Hijab encourages a moderate and modest behaviour of the wearer. It is a choice many Muslim women chose to make on their own which do not hinder any contribution the veiled woman can and should make to society. Many Muslim women donning the Hijab have contributed immensely in various different fields to society at a global level.
World Hijab Day is an international celebration celebrated around the world by citizens of Western countries such as Australia, France, US, Canada, Philippines, China, Ghana, Holland, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Belgium and many more with a mission to create “Better Awareness, a Greater Understanding and a Peaceful World”. Human beings despite their faith, colour, religion or what they choose to wear must be respected. Muslim women must not be discriminated by any government which values individuality and independence.
Spread More Love, Do More Good
Wardina Safiyyah Fadlullah Wilmot
President of Muslimah Interest Zone and Networking (MIZAN)