Indonesian Muslim Cleric Abdul 'Somad' Batubara Denied Entry into Singapore for His 'Extremist' Views

- 18 May 2022 15:08 WIB
Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara or Somad.
Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara or Somad.

JAKARTADAILY.ID  – The Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Tuesday, Mei 17,2022 released a statement in response to media queries on Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara or Somad.

The MHA confirmed that Somad arrived at Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on May 16, 2022, from Batam with six travel companions. 

The cleric was interviewed and the group was denied entry into Singapore shortly after and placed on a ferry back to Batam on the same day.

“Somad has been known to preach extremist and segregationist teachings, which are unacceptable in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society," the MHA said in a release published on their website.

For example, Somad has preached that suicide bombings are legitimate in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and are considered "martyrs." 

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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 “kafir” (infidels).

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 according to the MHA.


Editor: Suksmajati Kumara



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