Singapore denies entry to two foreign Islamic preachers

Ismail (left) and Haslin in photographs ran in the Straits Times

An Islamic preacher from Zimbabwe and another from Malaysia were supposed to be preaching on a religious-themed cruise departing from Singapore in November.

But that’s not about to happen as the republic has barred their entry for their preaching ‘are unacceptable in the context of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society’, according to a statement from Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The two preachers, Ismail Menk from Zimbabwean and Haslin Baharim from Malaysia, had previously had their Miscellaneous Work Pass applications to preach in Singapore rejected.

“They will not be allowed to get around the ban by preaching instead on cruise ships which operate to and from Singapore,” according to the statement released yesterday (30 Oct 2017).

Ismail Menk has been known to preach segregationist and divisive teachings. For example, he preached that it is the biggest sin and crime for a Muslim to wish a non-Muslim Merry Christmas or Happy Deepavali, in short, that Muslims are not allowed to wish others happiness during the latter’s religious festivals.

On his part, Haslin Baharim has expressed views that promote disharmony between Muslims and non-Muslims, whom he describes as “deviant”.

“Such divisive views breed intolerance and exclusivist practices that will damage social harmony, and cause communities to drift apart. They are unacceptable in the context of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society,” the statement said.

MHA said the move was in consultation with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), Singapore Tourism Board and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.


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