Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia for SingaporeSuryopratomo, said the famous speaker Uztaz Abdul Somad (UAS) did not report while visiting Singapore.
Suryopratomo also said that UAS did not contact the Indonesian Embassy when it had problems with Singapore immigration.
“Nothing,” said Suryopratomo to CNNIndonesia.com on Wednesday (18/5) when asked whether UAS reported during a visit or had problems in Singapore.
Suryopratomo also said that his party was aware of the problems faced by UAS through the lecturer’s social media uploads.
He further explained, most Indonesian citizens (WNI) when visiting abroad still forget to report via the PeduliWNI portal. This report aims to make it easier for every Indonesian representative abroad to know Indonesian citizens in the country.
“Even if (WNI) has a problem not notifying (KBRI), they will only complain after returning to their homeland,” said Suryopratomo.
Previously, UAS claimed to have been deported from Singapore. This news emerged after he uploaded to social media Instagram along with photos and videos showing him being held in a room.
“UAS in the 1×2 meter room is like a prison at immigration, before being deported from Singapore,” he wrote on Instagram.
He admitted that he went to Singapore for a vacation with his family and friends.
Shortly after the polemic became a public discussion, the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore contacted the country’s Immigration and Examination Authority (ICA). However, at that time they did not provide details or the reason for UAS being deported.
A few hours later, the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore sent a diplomatic note to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for further explanation.
After that, the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs issued an official statement regarding UAS being deported.
In the statement, Singapore explained 4 reasons for refusing UAS to enter, one of which was that the speaker was considered famous for spreading extremist teachings and unacceptable segregation in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.
“UAS has said that suicide bombings are legal in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and are considered a martyrdom operation,” the statement said.
The Singapore government takes seriously anyone who advocates violence and/or supports extremist teachings and segregation.
This statement drew criticism, one of which was the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and PA 212 who threatened to demonstrate at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta.
MUI even asked the Singaporean Ambassador to Indonesia to apologize and explain their government’s statement.