Past Incidents of Religious Disrespect in Singapore

Askmelah’s Note: In a multireligious society such as Singapore, one should be mindful and respectful of each other’s religion. There are always certain religion’s practices that may look ridiculous in other religion but there is no need to belittle or disapprove their practices. As a Budha saying goes: “Buddism does not require other religions to be wrong in order for Buddhism to be right.” 

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Disclaimer: Askmelah is a free thinker. This post is not intended to target at any one religion. Do email me any other such incidents which have been reported by the mass media which I may have missed so that this post will be more inclusive.


NUS group’s ‘disrespectful’ mission trip posters

Posters and online comments denigrating other religions have sparked an outcry at the National University of Singapore (NUS), leading to their removal and a reminder by the university’s provost yesterday to respect the religion and beliefs of others.

The posters and comments were made by the NUS Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), which has since apologised and promised to be “watchful of future actions”. The Singapore CCC is a Christian non-profit organisation active in tertiary campuses.

The posters were to spread awareness of the group’s coming mission trips and contained comments about the pervasiveness of Buddhism and Islam in Thailand and Turkey respectively. (Source: Todayonline)

On Thailand




Paster Rony Tan

2010: Pastor Rony Tan made headlines when videos of him belittling Buddhist precepts such as rebirth, karma and nirvana were circulated on the Internet, creating an outroar. This led to the authorities warning him, after which he apologised.



Pastor Mark Ng

2010 (2008): Pastor Mark Ng has apparently made insensitive comments on traditional Chinese beliefs.  In the 10-minute audio clip (which has since been removed at the request of the church) was posted on YouTube. In it, the church pastor, Mr Mark Ng, can be heard joking with the congregation about Chinese rituals; in one instance, he compared praying to Taoist deities to ‘seeking protection from secret society gangsters’. 

The church later apologised on his behalf: ‘Pastor Mark offers his unreserved and unmitigated apology to the public for his insensitive comments… He humbly appeals to those whom he has offended to forgive him for this serious indiscretion.’