Foreign Religious Leaders May Be Banned from Entry to Singapore

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Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said in Parliament that religious leaders from other countries may be banned from entering Singapore if they teach hatred, division or intolerance among religions. According to Mr Shanmugam, these teachings are harmful to Singaporean’s diverse society, and anyone who preaches these will not be allowed to enter the country.

The ban refusing to admit these preachers does not depend on the context in which they spoke these words—whether or not it had anything to with Singapore, nor does it depend on how many followers these preachers have.

Should any visitor to Singapore wish to discuss delicate matters, whether they be political, racial or religious, he or she must first apply for a Miscellaneous Work Pass from the Manpower Ministry. This office works with other agencies and evaluates each applicant according to his or her merits.

In 2017, three visiting Muslim clerics where disallowed entry into Singapore because of the content of their preaching.

Yusuf Estes, an American Muslim preacher was not allowed to enter Singapore in November. Officials deemed that Estes’ views were opposed to the multiethnic and multi-religious society in Singapore.

In October, Haslin Baharim, originally from Malaysia, was also banned from entering Singapore. Baharim is also known as Ustaz Bollywood since he sings in a Hindi-inspired manner. In the same month, Zimbabwe national Ismail Menk was also banned from entry. Bahrain and Menk are known to have extreme and segregationist teachings.

Messrs. Estes, Baharim and Menk were supposed to have taken part in an international spiritual cruise from Singapore to Aceh that would have lasted five days. This luxury retreat had been organized by Islamic Cruise, which is based in Malaysia. Mr. Estes later joined the cruise and spoke to the passengers when the ship was at Banda Aceh.

Mr Shanmugam reiterated that entry to Singapore is a privilege for foreigners, and not a right. When questioned by Mr Faisal of the Worker’s Party whether the banned religious leaders had been given the chance to speak for themselves before being denied entry into the country, Mr. Shanmugam mentioned that the preachers had been critical of other religions and had called Allah a false god. This should be enough to cause an outright ban. Only religious leaders who would not affect Singapore’s interests negatively should be granted entry, Mr. Shanmugam said.

Many Singaporeans applauded Mr. Shanmugam for his decisive action, and showed their support.

Others derided MP Faisal for what they considered to be a senseless question.

Another netizen said that the ban must apply to preachers from other religions as well.

 

 

 

25 COMMENTS

  1. U control the foreign religious leaders but u welcome the foreign sluts to sg.well done!! Arent those sluts also must apply for work permit to work at those sleazy massage parlours and also ard hdb housing area?esp ur area Mr shan-yishun so happening.

  2. CRONY SHANMUGAM MINISTER SAID: WITH REGARDS TO “WHAT INTERNATIONAL ISSUES OR REGIONAL MATTERS, WHAT SG SAID CARRIES WEIGHT”?? I THINK IT WAS SO WHEN LKY WAS STILL ALIVE.

    BUT SO MANY NEGATIVE THINGS HAD HAPPENED AFTER LKY’S DEATH, IS CRONY MINISTER OR SINGAPORE STILL TOO DELUSIVE TO THINK THAT ROTTON PAP IS THAT CREDIBLE AS WHAT PEOPLE THINK?

    NEXT, I HAVE “NOT” JOINED ANY OPPO PARTY IN SG.

    I DON’T APPOINT ANY OPPO PARTY, INCL WP IN PARLIAMENT, TO BE MY JOB AGENCY AT ALL. AND I’M “NOT” OBLIGED TO ACCEPT ANY “TOILET TISSUE PAPER” OFFER AT ALL. PARTICULARY YOUR PROPAGANDA EDUCATION.

    AS I SAID, IF I WANT TO WORK I WANT TO

    LET’S SEE WHOSE WORDS CARRY “MORE” WEIGHTS? SEE BELOW LIST:

    1) AFTER THE ROTTON LEADER LHL HAD CRIPPLED THE ECONOMY, THE ROTTON CABINET MINISTERS TOOK “SHORT CUT” AND HAD MANAGED TO CONVINCE AND ENCOURAGED LKY TO UPLIFT FEW DECADE LONG OF GAMBLING BAN TO BUILD, NOT ONE BUT TWO, CASINOES IN SG.

    I CRITICISED LKY. HE REPLIED TO ME THAT “I HAD NO CHOICE. WHAT SHALL I DO?”

    I LISTED A SLEW OF MEASURES TO REVIVE THE ECONOMY. BUT ROTTON LEADER LHL DIDN’T DO ANYTHING.

    ONE YEAR LATER, LKY THEN VOICED OUT TO TAKE ON THE CORPORATE TAX MEASURE WHICH I HAD RECOMMENDED IN MY LIST.

    THARMAN, WHO WAS THEN DY FINANCE MINISTER, ACTED UPON IT AFTER LKY SPOKE OUT.

    ONE BY ONE OF THOSE OF MY RECOMMENDATIONS I SUGGESTED WERE ADOPTED AND ENFORCED.

    2) LKY ALSO LISTENED TO MY REASONINGS AND HAD IMMEDIATELY STOPPED ATTACKING THE OPPO AND ANY CRITICS.

    3) THOUGH LKY HAD INITIALLY SPECULATED THAT CHINA WOULD OPEN UP IN THEIR ECONOMY BUT AFTER LISTENING TO MY REASONINGS, HE ALSO AGREED THAT INDIA WOULD BE THE NEXT DEVELOPING COUNTRY TOO.

    FYI, ONE DAY, IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO SEE THE MEDIA CLIP WHICH SHOWED WHAT LKY HAD SAID ABOUT ASEAN’S ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ITS DISPARITY BETWEEN THEM.

    DURING THAT TIME, I ALWAYS SEND EMAILS TO MY SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND FRIENDS. I REALISED WHAT LKY HAD COMMENTED WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS WHAT I HV BEEN ARGUING ABOUT.

    THAT WAS WHY LKY SUBSEQUENTLY ALSO AGREED WITH ME TO WORK IN RELATION WITH INDIA TOO.

    4) I FOLLOWED CLOSELY US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. I SUPPORTED PRESIDENT TRUMP (REPUBLICAN) BECOS THE DEMOCRATS PLAYED “DIRTY” POLITICS LIKE ROTTON PAP.

    DURING THE ELECTION, I HIGHLIGHTED THE FLAWS OF TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AND SUGGESTED TO PRESIDENTIAL ELECT TRUMP TO CANCEL IT, IF HE WON. THE ELECTION.

    SOON AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, HE LITERALLY “CANCELLED” THE TPP.

    5) USA HOUSE OF REP. AND SENATE HV BOTH ADOPTED THE CORPORATE TAX MEASURE TOO.

    6) NOT ONLY USA, JAPAN HAD ALSO ADOPTED THE CORPORATE TAX BILL TOO.

    7) AS SUGGESTED BY ME, BOTH JAPANESE PM ABE AND N. KOREA HAD AGREED TO TAKE UP THE JAPANESE ABDUCTION ISSUE WITH EACH OTHER “SEPARATELY” FROM. THE 6 PARTY TALK. TILL TODATE, NOTHING ON THIS ABDUCTION MATTER WAS MENTIONED IN THE NEWS AT ALL. SO, I RECKON THE SUBJECT MATTER MUST HV BEEN SETTLED AMICABLY BETWEEN THEM.

    8) SOME EU MEMBERS’ ECONOMIES SUFFERED EVERSINCE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. AS A RESULT, IT THEN AFFECTED THE WHOLE EU GROUP, INCL BRITAIN.

    HONESTLY, I FELT IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR BRITAIN TO HV A BREXIT AS BRITAIN WAS ONCE UPON A TIME A STRONG COUNTRY WITH STRONG ECONOMY. BRITAIN IS ABLE TO STAND ON ITS OWN TWO FEET.

    I FULLY SUPPORTED BRITAIN TO HV A BREXIT. AND THE RITISH PEOPLE VOTED FOR IT.

    9) LAST MONTH, BRITISH FINANCE MINISTER ALSO LED A DELEGATION TO NEW DELHI AND MET INDIAN PM MODI.

    10) AFTER MY EXPOSURE OF THE ROTTON PAP GOVT’S MISTREATMENT TOWARDS ME, EUROPEAN UNION SEEMS TO HV “ABSTAINED” FROM THE ROTTON PAP.

    11) FROM. TIME TO TIME, DIGNITARIES FROM ASIA, USA, EUROPE, CHINA, INDIA AND MIDDLE EAST AS WELL AS PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AROUND THE WORLD SEEM TO HELP AND GIVE ME THEIR SUPPORT, LOVE AND CARE.

    I WISH TO THANK ALL OF THEM FOR GREAT LOVING KINDNESS.

    I SEEM TO HV ESTABLISHED A “WIDE NETWORKING” OF SUPPORT AND HELP EVERWHERE.

    THE ABOVE LIST IS “INEXHAUSTIVE” AS I MERELY POINT OUT WHAT I CAN REMEMBER OFFHAND.

    AS YOU CAN SEE IT, MY WORDS CARRY “MORE” WEIGHTS THAN THE ROTTON PAP.