"Responding to a question on a perceived bias against Malays in the SAF and why they have been excluded from the Navy until now, Dr Ng said it was a 'practical issue' of having halal-certified kitchens onboard ships. '(This is) because in a confined space, it is hard to have a halal kitchen. If you spend months out at sea, it is difficult.'
But provisions have been made for Malay Muslims who are willing to serve, said Dr Ng. 'So we made and found some accommodation and started to have Malays in the navy as well, if the person is willing.'"
(Source: The Straits Times)