Teen arrested under ISA watched Indonesian preacher Somad's lectures: Teo Chee Hean

1/6/2022 12:32:00 PM

The 17-year-old, who was arrested in 2020, believed that suicide bombers are martyrs, said Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean.

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The 17-year-old, who was arrested in 2020, believed that suicide bombers are martyrs, said Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean .

A teenager arrested under the Internal Security Act had watched the lectures by an Indonesian preacher who was recently barred from entry into Singapore, said SM Teo Chee Hean .

Singaporean politicianSenior Minister Teo Chee Hean (right) and Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara (left).SCREENSHOTS: YouTube/Prime Minister's Office (right)SINGAPORE — A teenager arrested under the Internal Security Act in 2020 had watched the lectures by an

Indonesian preacher who was recently barred from entry into Singapore, said Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean on Wednesday (1 June).The 17-year-old believed that suicide bombers are martyrs, said Teo, who was speaking virtually at a retreat organised by the Religious Rehabilitation Group at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa hotel, according to a report by the Straits Times (ST).

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SCREENSHOTS: YouTube/Prime Minister's Office (right) SINGAPORE — A teenager arrested under the Internal Security Act in 2020 had watched the lectures by an Indonesian preacher who was recently barred from entry into Singapore , said Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean on Wednesday (1 June). The 17-year-old believed that suicide bombers are martyrs, said Teo, who was speaking virtually at a retreat organised by the Religious Rehabilitation Group at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa hotel, according to a report by the Straits Times (ST)." As an example, he shared how a 17-year-old detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2020 had watched Somad's lectures and begun to believe that suicide bombers are martyrs. The teenager was released in January this year after making good progress on his rehabilitation. Both leaders also welcomed closer cooperation between the two cities' public services, and exchanged views on developments in the cities and the broader region. Teo’s comments came two weeks after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara and his six travel companions were denied entry into Singapore on 16 May. International developments such as the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the situation in Ukraine, and Israeli-Palestinian clashes will affect the global security landscape, which SM Teo said remains uncertain. In response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore Somad has been known to preach extremist and segregationist teachings , which are unacceptable in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society. Speaking virtually at a retreat organised by the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa hotel, SM Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, brought up how Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara had instigated his supporters to agitate on social media against Singapore.

” Among other things, the preacher had preached that suicide bombings are “martyrdom” operations that are legitimate in the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict, according to MHA. "Within Singapore, self-radicalisation continues to pose a domestic terrorism threat," he said. Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, had on Monday met Mr Leung Chun Ying, Hong Kong's former chief executive and vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and spoke about collaborating in new areas such as the Greater Bay Area, referring to Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. Dismissing Somad’s allegations of Islamophobia against Singapore, Teo said Singapore has a zero tolerance approach against hate speech, adding that extremist rhetoric can lead to consequences, according to the ST report. "We need to ensure that our communities are resilient against extremist rhetoric, especially online. The RRG brings together Islamic scholars and teachers who voluntarily assist in the religious counselling of radicalised individuals, including terror detainees, and inoculate the wider community against extremist views. Our people, especially the young, must know to seek guidance from credible religious authorities, and to reject extremism and hate speech," he said. He secured more than 99 per cent of votes as the sole candidate in the city's small-circle chief executive election on May 8. "Singapore takes a zero tolerance approach on hate speech regardless of whether it is a Christian pastor or a Muslim ustaz. "I have spoken to my counterparts in various countries." As an example, he shared how a 17-year-old detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2020 had watched Somad's lectures and begun to believe that suicide bombers are martyrs.

Such extremist rhetoric has real world consequences." Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at http://t. What we have today is the result of the sacrifices of our RRG members," he said. Mr Teo departs for Singapore on Wednesday.me/YahooSingapore Advertisement TRENDING South China Morning Post .