Singapore has banned two Muslim foreign preachers from entering the city-state because their views bred intolerance and were a risk to its social harmony, the government said on Monday.
The decision to block Ismail Menk, identified by local media as a Zimbabwean and Haslin bin Baharim as a Malaysian, is the latest move by the Singaporean authorities to put a curb on individuals from spreading divisive views.
Menk has preached Muslims are not allowed to greet people of other faiths on their religious festivals, Singapore’s home affairs ministry said in a statement.
It accused Baharim of holding views that promote discord between Muslims and non-Muslims, whom he described as ‘deviant.’
“(Their views) are unacceptable in the context of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society,” the ministry said.
Reuters was not in a position to reach out to the pair.
Singapore is predominantly Chinese, many of whom follow Buddhism and Taoism but 14 percent of the population is Muslim and nearly 19 percent Christian.