2 Foreign Christian Preachers Barred From Speaking in SingaporeSeptember 09, 2017 11:51
Two Christian Preachers recently had their applications to speak rejected in Singapore, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday. As these preachers has made “denigrating and inflammatory comments of other religions”.
They are required to have a miscellaneous work pass (MVP) to preach in Singapore. In its media release, MHA said that the decision to reject the applications was made by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), in consultation with MHA.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam citied the two cases at an institute of policy studies forum earlier on Friday, when he spoke of how Singapore’s approach to terrorism should not be seen as “Knee-jerk reaction” to the global terrorist movement.
Mr.Shanmugam stated that he did not usually combine the words Islam and terrorism, as terrorism can exist in any religion.
"Just as I have banned Muslim scholars or preachers from coming into Singapore, the most recent banning has been as regards to Christian preachers. They were very Islam phobic in their statements outside of Singapore and we decided that we will ban them," he said.
One of those banned preacher had described Allah as a false god, asked for prayers for those held captive “held captive in the darkness of Islam” and referred Buddhists as “Tohuw people” who can be saved only by converting to Christianity, MHA said in its subsequent media people.
The other preacher also referred to the “Evils of Islam” etc, MHA added.
"Such teachings are unacceptable in Singapore’s multi-racial, multi-religious society, and the Government will not allow religious preachers of any faith to run down other religions or spread ill-will among the religions," MHA said.
"This is to safeguard the social harmony and cohesion that have been painstakingly built up since Singapore's independence."