SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities on Wednesday said that events and public assemblies related to the Israel-Hamas conflict will not be permitted due to public safety and security concerns. Applications to organise such events will be rejected, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the National Parks Board (NParks) said. “The police have assessed that there are public safety and security concerns associated with such events, given the heightened tensions. NParks shares the same concerns,” Channel News Asia reported, citing authorities. The police said they are aware of events and public assemblies being organised in connection with the conflict, and NParks has also received applications to use the Speakers’ Corner for related events. SPF said it will not issue permits for assemblies that advocate political causes of other countries or foreign entities, or that may potentially inflame emotions and lead to incidents affecting public order. The SPF urged the public to engage in responsible and respectful discussions on this topic, whether online or in person, and to avoid making insensitive or offensive remarks about race or religion, as such remarks may jeopardise Singapore’s racial and religious harmony. “Any person who makes remarks or acts in a manner which potentially causes ill-will and hostility between different races or religious groups in Singapore will be dealt with swiftly and in accordance with the law,” the SPF said. Those intending to use Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park, which is the official site allowed to hold rallies, must first submit an application to NParks. According to the NParks website, foreigners and non-Singapore entities must apply for a police permit to organise or assist in the organising of an event at the Speakers’ Corner. Non-Singapore citizens must also apply for a police permit to engage in public speaking at the Speakers’ Corner.