Singaporeans arrested in UAE return home safely

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26-year-old Fadli Rahman and 37-year-old Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim returned to Singapore safely today after they were arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this month for “wearing women’s clothes in public and for behaving indecently.”

The duo, who were initially sentenced to 1 year in prison had their sentences significantly reduced to to a Dh10,000 fine (about S$3,600) and deportation following intercessions by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, multiple meetings with the Singapore Embassy and public outcry.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, announced the Singaporeans’ safe return home:

Glad to know that our two fellow Singaporeans in Abu Dhabi, Muhammad Fadli Abdul Rahman and Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim,…

Posted by Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday, 28 August 2017

 

He reminded Singaporeans to respect and abide by local laws when abroad. In this case, cross-dressing, homosexuality, and transgender behaviour are criminal offenses in the UAE.

It has been reported that Nur Qistina is a transgender who has not undergone sex reassignment surgery to become a woman but has undergone a legal name change. Fadli is a fashion photographer who was in Abu Dhabi for a photoshoot.’

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32 comments

  1. Hopefully this will wake their freaking shitty brain up. Not all u guys did can be accepted anywhere. Like the saying goes…. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If after such backlash, these 2 wanna go arnd ranting that ppl are not being fair/rational/inco siderate towards them, i suggest the 2 better return all the money raised via crowdfunding and then better to go live elsewhere.i have respects for all kinds of ppl including LGBT, but ince stupidity is involved be prepared for the backlash.

    1. I rather not speak his kind of language.in case he happens to read this, this is what i will put in here. He doesn’t know that we, Muslims are allowed to eat pork. That is only allowed in extreme conditions where no proper food is available for us to survive. Even in such cases, i am sure most of us muslims would rather look for vegetables/fruits/dig holes deep enough to get water to live our lives.

  2. (Zaidy) There’s a Saying,Whenever you go to a foreign country, please be respectful of the Culture/Law/social behaviour……Don’t be an assholes thinking it YOUR FATHER COUNTRY….They totally deserved it, they think every country approve their LGBT Lifestyle…..@MunahHirziOfficial, live the way u want but don’t expect everyone to follow@Hirzi thank for blocking me… the problem this Individuals group, they can’t accept criticism/facts

    1. Faizal Maidin From what I know, they whip those who commit indecency and lewd crimes. Beheading if commit lesbian or gay sex, rape or sex outside marriage. Used to be death by impaling or stoning to death.

  3. Stan Chan says:

    I fail to understand why they went to a Muslim country and behaving as such. this has nothing to do with what they are but its a balant testing of the law. Didi they go and xxxxxxx. if they have money to shop , why the need to crowd fund,

    1. Dilys Tan says:

      Correct, we should behave and respect “ourselves” everywhere we go. This is the basic of humanity. Not everyone and everywhere can accept “cute and funny” behavior.

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