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S’poreans to Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We don’t remember when anyone used religion to make money’

Posted on 30 January 2015

That’s just unthinkable, Singaporeans say.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, especially those in Sengkang Fernvale, are nodding their heads vigorously and agreeing with Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

This after Minister Khaw said in parliament on Jan. 29, 2015, regarding the Fernvale columbarium, that it is unthinkable for anyone to use religion for a profit motive:

“For example, for 20-odd years, we would never have thought that a for-profit company would participate in a non-profit making venture like building a Chinese temple. But, of course, in this instance… the motivations are very different.”

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“And because temples or churches are non-profit making, we just assumed that (for-profit) making companies will not be taking part in a non-profit making venture. So that was how things cropped up.”

Singaporeans who heard this statement, said they, like Minister Khaw, cannot recall when was the last time anyone in Singapore would build a commercial building that was also used for religion and to make money from rental.

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One Singaporean, Mei Li Yew, said: “There hasn’t been any high profile cases recently or at all. Don’t think I can remember any. Nope.”

“I’m really racking my brains. But nope, still can’t think of one single incident.”

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Another local, Shang Fa Ting, said he too has trouble trying to come up with another example where religion has somehow been linked to wealth: “It has never occurred to me that religion will be used for a profit motive. I don’t think this kind of thing has ever happened in Singapore before.”

“There hasn’t been any past cases in recent memory that serves as a case study. So, it is definitely just an innocuous oversight on the part of the Ministry of National Development and their tender process that needs a re-look, maybe a minor tweak here or there.”

“Moreover, human nature generally is not greedy. Religion and money have never been known to mix. So no big deal.”

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Other Singaporeans who are putting their heads together to bring at least one counter example to mind, said they have given up trying because the process of recollection is simply exhausting and there are no incidents to recall: “We really can’t remember. In the last 20 years, definitely nothing.”

“Was there any church that happened to be involved in some incident where there was a scandal involving money?”

“In the last two to three years, mmm… think I’m getting something… Nah, nothing.”

“Sorry.”

 

 

 

 

 





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