Singapore government’s decision to ban Mufti Menk draws mixed reactions from netizens

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Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs has banned two foreign preachers, Mufti Ismail Menk and Haslin Baharim, from entering the nation.

Both preachers, who were due to preach on a religious-themed cruise departing and concluding in Singapore from 25-29 Nov, have been rejected from preaching in Singapore previously.

Announcing the decision in a statement today, MHA said: “They will not be allowed to get around the ban by preaching instead on cruise ships which operate to and from Singapore.”

The Ministry reported that the ban was instated following consultation with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), Singapore Tourism Board and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

Mufti Menk has been known to preach “segregationist and divisive teachings,” such as teaching that it is a sin and crime for a Muslim to wish a non-Muslim Merry Christmas or Happy Deepavali.

Haslin has also taught views promoting disharmony between Muslims and non-Muslims, whom he has described as “deviant.”

The MHA asserted: “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.”

It added that such teachings are “detrimental to our society and way of life, and will undermine the fundamentals of Singapore’s peace and progress.”

Netizens responding to news of the ban imposed upon the preachers have been divided. Some have called the preachers out for being extremists, while others have claimed that Mufti Menk, in particular, preaches peace:

In 2016, Home Affairs and Law Minister Mr K Shanmugam, appeared to allude to Mufti Menk when he explained why certain foreign preachers are prohibited from coming to Singapore.

“Foreign preachers are sometimes not allowed to come to Singapore to preach. Why?  We will not allow anyone of any religion who preaches that people of other faiths should be shunned or that people of other faiths should be ignored. And it’s not only what he preaches in Singapore. We will also look at what he preaches outside Singapore. Because his speeches could be available online and it will be wrong for us to allow him to build-up his following in Singapore.
The Government will not interfere in doctrinal matters within each religion. But the Government has to step-in to protect our racial, religious harmony. We cannot allow someone to preach values which are contrary to our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic harmony. we take a firm, clear stand on that.”

Mufti Menk’s Singaporean followers had however showed their support for him on Facebook.

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    To be fair to our government….its true that some of his preaches just not suitable with our country multiracial lifestyle. For me individually…its great that our government not taking any chances.

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    Son of a evil B try to act like God! Try to teach ppl to hate Christmas n Deepavali greetings! Even Christians n Hindu wish Muslim n Islam Hari Raya! Who the hell he think he is? Act high n proud! Better go to hell! He just want to follow the ISIS style ban all other religious n infields all none believers that’s what those evil is doing.

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    Mufti Menk came from Zimbabwe the country that has more christian then Singapore.
    In fact 85% Zimbabwean profess some form of Christianity out of about 12.5 millions total population.
    I wonder why he was so intolerant to forbid Muslims to wish Merry Christmas on their joyous occasion.
    Did he has bad experience with his fellow Christian countrymen.

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    Aiyo….Some Muslim woman are fair, so if they join a get together. We politely greets them “Merry Christmas”, great. Think it’s best to say Happy Holiday la.
    So funny isn’t it. Polite greetings become do racially political.

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    Wat the Fxxx is all tis hah?so tis joker is trying to tell ppl tis is not right for a chinese to greet a muslim friend happy new year during chinese new year and even merry christmas during christmas day?is he trying to tell ppl no matter wat holiday tat was,when we see a muslim friend we have to wish them SELAMAT HARI RAYA?is tis wat tis mentally retarded means?

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    What worry me is that why are they invited to speak in Singapore in the first place. Who invited them and where do those people who invited them stand. I am happy that many of our Muslim brothers stand up against him. It strengthen my belief that we can live in harmony with one another.

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    My point is stop bringing all this controversial speakers from abroad. They come from different background n tend to promote teachings not suitable for Spore. In this age of madness, we dont need more instigators.

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    Buddhist and Hindus don’t preach hatred towards others

    No differences in their preaching at all such as drawing line..

    They teach Love all Serve All

    To be United as Human beings

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    View and listen to Mufti Menk’s online lectures before making an ignorant comment. I respect the Singapore government’s stance of preserving and protecting the harmony of Singaporeans but Singaporean Muslims (and non-Muslims) are not stupid. They realize the context that Mufti Menk’s comments was made and it should not be taken out of context. That said I will still wish non-Muslim well wishes. See? Mufti Menk’s Christmas comments has made no impact on me. Why should he be banned?

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