American Muslim preacher Yusuf Estes denied entry into Singapore: MHA
File photo of Yusuf Estes. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Manuel25)
SINGAPORE: Singapore has denied entry to American Muslim preacher Yusuf Estes, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) confirmed on Friday (Dec 1).The preacher was denied entry on Nov 24, and Channel NewsAsia understands he was not allowed to enter the country at Changi Airport.
This comes after two other foreign preachers, Ismail Menk and Haslin Baharim, were banned from entering Singapore in October.The two had been engaged to preach on a religious-themed cruise departing and ending in Singapore from Nov 25 to 29.The cruise organisers had also been "seeking views" about Estes as a possible speaker, said MHA.
However Estes has expressed views "contrary to the values of our multi-racial and multi-religious society", said MHA.
two Christian preachers to speak in Singapore, "as they had made denigrating and inflammatory comments about other religions, such as Islam and Buddhism".
Such divisive views "breed intolerance and exclusivist practices" that will "damage social harmony, and cause communities to drift apart", it added."They are unacceptable in the context of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.”