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As Christians, our worship music should not intrude on others’ personal space

As a Christian, I beg to defer with the pastor Norman Ng’s defence of Mr Jonathan Neo’s action of singing a Christian worship song on a public flight on Good Friday.

As Christians, our worship music should not intrude on others’ personal space

Mr Jonathan Neo (pictured) was filmed in a video showing him performing worship songs while mid-flight, sparking an online controversy.

Patrick Tan Siong Kuan

As a Christian, I beg to differ with the pastor Norman Ng’s defence of Mr Jonathan Neo’s action of singing a Christian worship song on a public flight on Good Friday.

There are many ways for believers to profess their religion, but Mr Neo’s action was inappropriate. An airplane is a very confined space, and one should not intrude into the peace or space of another. 

Singapore is a religiously harmonious society not because it is a natural occurrence. Great efforts have been invested over many years by different religious groups to understand and respect each other’s beliefs, and not to disturb each other’s peace. 

Our Muslim brothers lower the volume of their daily calls to prayers over loudspeakers out of respect for other races and religions. Likewise, our Hindu brothers tone down the music during their Thaipusam processions. 

We, as Christians, have no right to subject them to listening to Christian worship songs, whether in an airplane or in the open.

I hope the National Council of Churches of Singapore will make a stand on this.

All it takes is for one self-righteous Christian group to feel they are entitled to do what they wish, and everything that we have built so far will go down the drain overnight. 

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