ingapore government announced the launch of a new helpline Wednesday for Muslims seeking answers on religious issues.
The helpline, launched by Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG), targets those seeking information about extremism and radicalization.
"We want to save people from being radicalized," Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said at the Khadijah Mosque on Tuesday.
"Young persons, like the 17-year-old who was recently arrested, may be vulnerable to radical influences online," Teo added at the helpline's launch, just before breaking fast with Muslim community members.
By offering clear answers on religious concepts that are misused by extremist groups, it would also help people seeking advice regarding family members or friends who they suspect have been radicalized.
RRG vice-chairman Muhammad Ali said the helpline can prevent young people from taking in religious information from the wrong sources, and counselors can help clarify doubts.
Muslims in Singapore are estimated between 450,000 to 500,000, making around 14 to 15 percent of the population.
source : abna