No turban in Singapore Parliament was mere statement of fact – LETTER

Ranjit Singh Malhi | Letter to Editor | 20 Sept 2015 | Asia Samachar |


Dear Editor,

I refer to the write-up, No turbans in next Singapore parliament, Pritam returned, in Asia Samachar (12 Sept 2015).

I am rather surprised that some readers of your esteemed publication got riled up by the word “turban” in the headline stated above. Any objective and critical reading of the write-up reveals that it drew no distinction between a “turbaned Sikh” and a “non-turbaned Sikh”. Indeed, the opening paragraph of the write-up itself mentions that Pritam Singh, “hailing from the Sikh community” was elected to Singapore’s Parliament. Simply put, Pritam Singh was acknowledged as being a “Sikh”.

The write-up then makes an observation that “there will be no turban sporting Sikh when the republic’s parliament sits next.” This is a mere statement of fact. Nowhere in the article is a distinction drawn or even implied that a turbaned Sikh is more religious or desirable than a non-turbaned Sikh.

I rest my case.

Ranjit Singh Malhi,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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