Singapore Says Abdul Somad Denied Entry for His Extremist Teachings

Diana Mariska
Immigration illustration (Photo: Antara/Ayu Khania Pranisitha)
Immigration illustration (Photo: Antara/Ayu Khania Pranisitha) - The authorities in Singapore have confirmed that Islamic preacher from Indonesia Abdul Somad was denied entry to the country due to his “extremist and segregationist teachings” and emphasized that his views are “unacceptable” in Singapore’s society.

After the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore sent a note to the government of Singapore in order to get more information on the refusal of entry of Ustaz Abdul Somad (UAS), Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs issued a statement on Tuesday, May 17, to clarify the reason behind the decision.

“Somad has been known to preach extremist and segregationist teachings, which are unacceptable in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.  For example, Somad has preached that suicide bombings are legitimate in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and are considered ‘martyrdom’ operations,” the statement read.

“He has also made comments denigrating members of other faith communities, such as Christians, by describing the Christian crucifix as the dwelling place of an ‘infidel jinn (spirit/demon)’.  In addition, Somad has publicly referred to non-Muslims as ‘kafirs’ (infidels).”

The Ministry also confirmed that Somad, alongside six travel companions, arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore from Batam on May 16.

"[He] was interviewed, following which the group was denied entry into Singapore and placed on a ferry back to Batam on the same day.”

Lastly, the statement also emphasized that the Singapore government takes into consideration the personal views of people who want to enter the country, hence the refusal of entry of AUS and the group traveling with him.

“A visitor’s entry into Singapore is neither automatic nor a right.  Each case is assessed on its own merits. While Somad had attempted to enter Singapore ostensibly for a social visit, the Singapore government takes a serious view of any persons who advocate violence and/or espouse extremist and segregationist teachings.”

Previously, Somad shared on his social media account that he was deported from Singapore, and the news spread quickly in Indonesia.

The Immigration Office in Batam later confirmed that Abdul Somad had completed all required documents prior to leaving Indonesia for Singapore while the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore confirmed that it immediately requested information to immigration authorities in Singapore on the reason behind the refusal of entry.

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