Over a decade since Muslim girls were suspended for wearing their hijabs (headscarves) to school, Singapore has yet to definitely and conclusively wrap up the hijab issue.
Despite the many voices that called for dialogue then, the issue was laid to rest until a recent forum when a polytechnic lecturer asked why nurses were not allowed to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf at work revived the debate.
The collective voice from the Muslim community now seems to be stronger. A decade is a long time for dissatisfaction to boil over.
Beneath some of the hurtful words and comments around the issue lies a deep sense of frustration with the status quo.
While the recent campaign to legalise wearing the hijab in any job -- including nurses and uniformed personnel -- has been specific and forthcoming, the government's message of "tolerance" and continuous dialogue has been vague at most.
Such remarks are unhealthy for an electorate that just wants the haze to clear on an issue that seems fairlyRead More »from COMMENT: Should the “hijab” be such a complex issue?