English version of book on Tamil Muslim community's contributions in Singapore launched

15/1/2022 2:30:00 PM

English version of book on Tamil Muslim community's contributions in Singapore launched

https://str.sg/wQNcSINGAPORE - The Tamil Muslim community in Singapore has contributed to the Republic's multiracial and religious harmony, with collective efforts that have strengthened the nation's social compact, said Education Minister Chan Chun Sing on Saturday (Jan 15).

In 1946, for example, members of the community dedicated a portion of their salaries to help the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML) start the Umar Pulavar Tamil School, the first Tamil-medium secondary school in South-east Asia at the time.The school played an important role in advancing and shaping Tamil language education here, and many graduates have taken up the baton and become Tamil teachers today, Mr Chan said.

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sg/wQNc SINGAPORE - The Tamil Muslim community in Singapore has contributed to the Republic's multiracial and religious harmony, with collective efforts that have strengthened the nation's social compact, said Education Minister Chan Chun Sing on Saturday (Jan 15). In 1946, for example, members of the community dedicated a portion of their salaries to help the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML) start the Umar Pulavar Tamil School, the first Tamil-medium secondary school in South-east Asia at the time. The thruster engine was from Aliena, a company started in 2018 by two students who met while working on their PhDs at the Space Propulsion Centre in the National Technological University (NTU). The school played an important role in advancing and shaping Tamil language education here, and many graduates have taken up the baton and become Tamil teachers today, Mr Chan said. Late last month, US President Joe Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill banning imports from the Xinjiang region over concerns of forced labour. "While the school was closed 40 years ago, its name lives on in today's Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre, which continues the important mission of transmitting Tamil language and culture to the next generation. The nanosatellite was launched into orbit at 12." The centre is in Beatty Road. Even if such images are used for social commentary or to aid discussion of the issue of censorship, the authorities have deemed it unsuitable for reproduction.

Mr Chan was speaking at the launch of the English edition of a book titled Singapore Tamil Muslims. Compared to current Hall thrusters that require around 1,000 watts to keep larger satellites in orbit and are unsuitable for smaller spacecraft, Aliena's engine can keep a nanosatellite operational with less than 10 watts of power, comparable to the energy needed for an ant to take a few steps, according to the start-up The thruster also costs a fraction compared to current larger ones in the market that can go up to US$2. It says the camps are “re-education” facilities being used to combat terrorism. The event was held in conjunction with SKML's 80th anniversary celebrations in Chui Huay Lim Club in Newton. The book, which looks to provide a better understanding of the Tamil Muslim community in Singapore, is supported by organisations including the National Heritage Board and Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.9 million) per thruster, said Dr Mark Lim Jian Wei, 33, co-founder and chief executive of Aliena. It has forewords by President Halimah Yacob and former senior minister of state Zainul Abidin Rasheed. Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin used the “genocide” accusation to have a dig at the US on the 20 th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison, calling on Washington to finally shut it down. The English edition of the book, which was first published in Tamil in 2015, is authored by SKML president Raja Mohamad and deputy president A. China had earlier submitted a note to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in December last year that claimed two SpaceX satellites flew too close to the country's space station. In the past five years, six publications had been banned for reasons not related to politics.

R. Mashuthoo. Without a propulsion system, if you know that there's a satellite going to approach you, the only thing you can do is to pray right?" Since forming Aliena in 2018 with co-founder and chief technology officer George-Cristian Potrivitu, 30, more than 20 people have worked on the thruster. Tensions between the US and China have risen on several fronts in recent months, most recently over Washington’s decision to stage a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, citing human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and other regions. In his speech, Mr Chan highlighted how the spirit of grit, resilience and service to community has shone brightly among Singapore's Tamil Muslims. Many have become successful professionals and leaders of the community, he said. PHOTO: ALIENA Mr Potrivitu, who is also an NTU PhD candidate, said the pair was inspired to start the company to solve real world problems such as sustainability in space. "But they have all imbibed the spirit of service, and continued to pay it forward to the community and nation. Context is key, and I trust our readers will see the cartoons in their intended context: deep within a substantial, serious volume that shows art that some will find offensive, not in order to offend them but to aid important discussions about freedom of expression, the responsibilities that come with it, and the ease with which cultural disputes spin out of control.

"Importantly, these collective efforts by your community have also strengthened Singapore's social compact - where we help the young to have a good start in life, give more to those with less, and enable our people to bounce back from adversity. "We can enable sustainability in space through giving satellites the ability to decommission themselves after their end of life, leaving behind a clean space for the generations to follow." The minister expressed his hope that the book can serve as a reminder, not just for the Tamil Muslim community but also to a broader audience, that Singaporeans must honour and protect what they have, and inspire the next generation to continue paying it forward. The book can be purchased by contacting SKML, and funds raised will be used for its work to support the disabled community and education needs of children from low-income families. More On This Topic. More On This Topic .