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Indonesian Preacher denied entry to Singapore, claims that Singapore is part of the Malay land

Indonesian Islamic preacher Abdul Somad Batubara was detained by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while entering the republic last Monday (16 May).

This came after the controversial preacher, who was from Riau, Sumatra claimed that Singapore is a Malay land similar to his hometown and that the Riau people see the country as part of their land.

According to CNA, the preacher travelled along with other 6 individuals from Batam via ferry to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore before they were denied entry and were placed on a ferry back to Batam on the same day.

Despite being sent home, it appeared that he is not giving up visiting the country, as well as his claim on the country.

A few days later on 18 May, the preacher posted video a YouTube and once again claimed that Singapore was part of the Temasek Malay Kingdom, hence it is the land of his ancestors. He also expressed his intention of entering the country along with his wife and children was so that they can get to know their ancestors.

In the YouTube video, the Indonesian preacher said, “To say that I’m tired of going to Singapore is the same as saying I’m tired of going to Minangkabau. This is because Singapore is a Malay land. My grandmother has brothers, children and grandchildren who live in Singapore.”

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs said that Abdul Somad was known to preach ‘extremist and segregationist’ teachings. The ministry added that such teachings 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,”

“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)’.”

However, the move from Singapore had sparked a protest among Abdul Somad’s supporters as they gathered at the Singapore embassy in Jakarta and the Singapore consulate-general in Medan on Friday (20 May) and demanded that Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia to leave the country.

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