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Forbidden: Book related to radicalization of former NSFs, Singapore News & Top Stories

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A book to which a self-radicalized former full-time national serviceman (NSF) referred has been banned in Singapore for promoting armed jihad and enmity between religious communities, the Communications Ministry said yesterday. ‘Information (MCI).

The publication – Menyingkap Rahsia Tentera Elit Briged Izzuddin Al-Qassam: Generasi Muda Perindu Syahid, which translates into English as Uncovering The Secrets Of The Izz Ad-Din Al Qassam Brigades Elite Force: The Young Generation Of Seekers Of Martyrdom, had arrived at Government opinion during investigations into Amirull Ali.

The 20-year-old, who was an NTF member in Singapore’s armed forces when he was arrested in February this year, was detained under the Homeland Security Act in March.

He had planned to carry out a deadly attack on Jews at the Maghain Aboth Synagogue on Waterloo Street and investigations revealed that the book was one of the factors that led to his radicalization, MCI said.

He bought the book overseas in 2015. It is written by Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar and Adnan M. El Halabi, and published by Hijjaz Records Publishing.

Expressing support for the ban, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said after an evaluation it found the book “carries problematic ideas”, encouraging armed jihad and promising that people who would do so would be guaranteed generous rewards from God.

“Muis would like to urge the community to be wary of these posts, and the opinions and ideas behind them. The promotion of extremist religious views and ideologies that promote violence, enmity and mistrust are not the values ​​of Islam or the Muslim community in Singapore. , the council said in a statement.

MCI said, “Such teachings and ideologies are detrimental to Singapore’s harmony and race and religious relations. The Singapore government has zero tolerance for individuals or publications that aim to incite hostility or violence between different religious groups and has therefore decided to ban this publication. “

Meanwhile, Communications and Information Minister and Second Home Minister Joséphine Teo, commenting on the ban, urged Singaporeans to “carefully monitor young people to protect our future as one people.”

“If extremist views take root in impressionable young minds, it could lead them down a path of self-radicalization,” she said in a Facebook post. “Continued vigilance is essential, as is a focus on the never-ending task of building friendship, trust and trust in one another, regardless of race and religion.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Information Rahayu Mahzam has said the threat of extremism cannot be taken lightly.

“As a multiracial and multireligious society, we must adhere to the principles of harmony and oneness to ensure that such content does not influence the way we think, act and feel about one another,” she said in her Facebook post.

“As Muslims, we must also speak out against teachings that go against the core values ​​of Islam. We must continue to work with the community, including with our young people, to promote peace, mutual understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths. . “

The book has been classified as a prohibited publication under the Unwanted Publications Act, making it an import offense; publish; sell or offer to sell; supply or offer to supply; exposure; distribute; or reproduce it or any extract thereof.

Those who already have the book will have to turn it over to the police or risk a maximum penalty of a fine and jail time.

The ban starts from today.