Singapore prohibits a book with extremist content under Undesirable Publications Act

SINGAPORE, June 25 (Bernama): Singapore has gazetted a Malay publication "Menyingkap Rahsia Tentera Elit Briged Izzuddin Al-Qassam: Generasi Muda Perindu Syahid” ("Uncovering the secrets of the Izz Ad-Din Al Qassam Brigades Elite Force: The Young Generation of Seekers of Martyrdom”) as a prohibited publication under the Undesirable Publications Act (UPA).

In its website the statement which appeared this week, the republic’s Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) said the book is authored by Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar and Adnan M. El Halabi, and was published by Hijjaz Records Publishing in 2015.

The ministry said the publication came to the government’s notice in the course of investigations into 20-year-old Amirull Ali, who was detained under the Internal Security Act in March 2021.

"Amirull had purchased the publication overseas in 2015. Investigations determined that reading the publication was one of the factors that led to Amirull’s radicalisation, ” said the MCI.

The ministry said the publication promotes armed jihad and contains extremist views that promote enmity among different religious communities.

"Such teachings and ideologies are detrimental to Singapore’s racial and religious harmony and relations.

"The Singapore Government has zero tolerance for individuals or publications which aim to incite hostility or violence among different religious groups and has therefore decided to prohibit this publication, ” it said.

The MCI noted that it is an offence to import, publish, sell or offer to sell, supply or offer to supply, exhibit, distribute or reproduce any prohibited publication or an extract of one.

"It is also an offence for any person to possess or come into possession of a prohibited publication, but fail to deliver the copy to the Police. Those convicted of an offence could be liable to a fine, imprisonment or both, ” it said.

The ministry said the prohibition of the publication will take effect from June 25, 2021.

Members of the public who are in possession of the publication should hand them to the Police, it said.- Bernama

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