I condemn in the strongest terms the recent deadly bomb attacks in Manchester and Jakarta which killed scores of innocent victims and injured many others.

Our sympathies and prayers are with the victims and the families and loved ones of those who perished in these vile and horrific attacks. Sadly, these vicious attacks are occurring all too frequently coinciding with the resurgence of acts of violence and disturbance linked to IS and other militant activities.

These barbaric and ruthless terrorist attacks are totally indefensible and no excuse or justification should be accepted. All the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Meantime, we should all take lessons once again of the danger and threats that face us on account of religious fanaticism, the culture of animosity and hatred and the spread of radical teachings and extremist ideology in the name of religion.

These violent and vicious attacks which have led to horrendous loss of lives in addition to the recent spate of violent clashes in Marawi City in the Southern Philippines must serve to underscore the paramount importance of moderation, tolerance and justice which all of us must strive to preserve.

Nevertheless, we urge the public to remain calm and not to resort to causing unnecessary tension and alarm. Constant dialogue and mutual engagement must remain the key to preserving our communal harmony, unity and understanding.