popular but provocative social media preachers under the spotlight - Popular but provocative; Social media preachers under the spotlight

It has been two weeks since controversial Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara was denied entry into Singapore for his segregationist and extremist teachings.

The issue has blown up in the media, partly owing to his legion of Internet fans – there are 6.5 million on Instagram, 2.72 million on YouTube and 709,000 on Facebook.

Then his supporters staged protests demanding an apology in Jakarta and in Medan, North Sumatra, and spammed the social media accounts of President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other Singapore leaders.

Voices poured in, not only from the public, but also from political leaders, Islamic scholars, and terror experts in the region.

While some accused Singapore of Islamophobia, most were respectful of its stance to prevent radical views from entering its shores.

As far as the Indonesian government is concerned, any sovereign country, be it Singapore or Indonesia, reserves the right to deny anyone entry.


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