Minister of Home Affairs SingaporeK Shanmugam, said supporters of the famous preacher Ustaz Abdul Somad (UAS) threatened by alluding to the tragedy of the September 11 attacks (11/9).
The 9/11 tragedy was a terrorist suicide by hijacking and crashing a plane into the World Trade Center (WTC) which killed 2,996 people on September 11, 2001.
The comments came after the Singaporean Embassy and Prime Minister’s social media flooded with criticism from netizens who supported UAS. Shanmugam said the threat should not be ignored.
“Parallel with [serangan] 9/11, parallel to [pemikiran] Singapore is led by non-Muslims and that Singapore must be attacked, Singapore’s interests must be attacked,” he said, imitating statements by supporters of UAS, as quoted Asian News Channels.
He then continued, “So I won’t underestimate that comment.”
The post on social media was later deleted and deactivated the account.
Regarding UAS, Shanmugham has his own view. He considered that the speaker used social media to the fullest.
“He made the most of the publicity and he is now, in my view, involved in more publicity stunts,” he said.
UAS supporters, he said, flooded the social media pages of Singaporean government agencies, including political officials and himself with threats.
“Supporters have called for cyberattacks on government websites, social media, a boycott of Singapore and for Indonesians to stop visiting Singapore,” he said.
He then continued, “All because we exercised our right to deny someone entry to Singapore.”
In addition to filling social media, supporters of UAS, the Islamic Brotherhood Front (FPI) also raided the Singapore embassy and demanded that they ask after calling UAS extremist and divisive.
Previously, UAS became public attention after claiming that he had been deported by Singapore. The statement, he conveyed through social media Instagram last week.
Responding to UAS’s refusal to become a public discussion, the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs called the preacher an extremist and spread segregation.
Such an attitude is unacceptable in a multi-racial and multi-religious area.
Singapore does not tolerate and does not take sides with all forms of hate speech and divisive ideologies.
“It’s not aimed at any particular individual or any particular religion, or any particular nationality. Our position applies equally to everyone,” Shanmugam said.